Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in Äänekoski forest industry
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The True Story: Competition for biomass in Europe will not affect forest industry

In recently published article in Biomass and Bioenergy journal, researchers from Finland and Norway found that policy choices will have strong impacts on the allocation of biomass use between heat and power production, and the production of liquid biofuels in European Economic Area. Moreover, it seems that European forest industry production will not be affected much by the increased competition for biomass with the energy sector. Click to continue…


Financial support from Spain to EFI and EUFORGEN

The Council of Ministers of the Government of Spain, has authorized the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment to contribute 50,000 euros to the European Forestry Institute (EFI) to conduct research and provide political support on forestry issues and 14,755 euros to EUFORGEN to meet with the financial commitments of Spain to different international organisms of the forestry sector.

International Forestry

Forestry study opportunities

Choosing forestry studies it’s not stated that they have to take place only in our native country. Leading forestry faculties have in their offer also international courses, which provide a wide variety of specializations in the field of forestry. In this post I would like to outline some possibilities which are available in Europe.

International Forestry, Science

What do European forest managers want to know from scientists about mixed forests?

During the last years, scientists published a large amount of papers and books on the ecology and functioning mixed forests. This has certainly contributed to advance our understanding of how a mixed species forest work, develop, function. Many studies focused on adapting management strategies under climate change to deliver important recommendations to practitioners (and I put myself into this bucket too, with my PhD thesis). But what are the main concerns of forest managers nowadays? Are they indeed worried about climate change and natural disturbanceContinue reading


Must-Attend Event: 2017 Bioeconomy Investment Summit

The second edition of the Bioeconomy Investment Summit will take place on 14-15 December in Helsinki, Finland, organized by the European Commission and the European Forest Institute.  The 2017 Bioeconomy Investment Summit is a follow up of the Bioeconomy Investment Summit organised by the EU in 2015, and builds on the results of the Lodz Bioeconomy Congress and the Bratislava Bioeconomy Conference in 2016. 

International Forestry

Teaching complex adaptive system science to manage forest ecosystems – an interview with Klaus Puettmann

September is a busy month for academics. To wake up researchers after the summer break, usually many conferences and events are being organized. After the IUFRO Congress in Freiburg i.B., last September I participated to a field course that took place at the Vallombrosa Forest in Tuscany (Italy). This course brought together students from several universities and countries. It focused on teaching theoretical concepts, such as resilience and complexity theory, and how these can be practically applied in natural resource management settings. In this postContinue reading