Metla Project 7224

Interreg-Tacis Northern Coniferous Forests - Tools through research for the sustainable use of forests in the Barents Region.

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Duration: 2006-2008   Keywords: diversity, forest fires, natural forests, nature conservation, sustainable forestry
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Lapland Strict Nature Reserve is one of the target areas for research. Lake Katskim is located in the Lapland Strict Nature Reserve, on the lower reaches of the river Nuorttijoki. Photo: Heikki Kauhanen
The overall objective of the Northern boreal forests project is to study the dynamics, structure and diversity of species in the Barents region. In order to explain the function of the natural forest ecosystem and its development after forest fires, fire ecology research at the ecosystem level is needed. To maintain natural features in commercial forests, there is a requirement for information to explain the long-term development of forests that have been saved from fire. The research will provide information that can be used, for example, to develop forest management methods that simulate disturbance dynamics occurring in nature.


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Among the objectives of the Northern boreal forests - Interreg-Tacis project are:
  • to acquire new information on development and biodiversity of old forests
  • to develop contacts between researchers and the exchange of research information
  • to use and develop shared research methods
  • to produce national and joint Finnish-Russian research publications
In addition, a vegetation map of the Lapland Strict Nature Reserve will be created and, in Arkhangelsk, problems regarding spruce forests suffering from root and butt rot will be investigated. Approximately 20 researchers will participate in the project representing collaboration organizations in Finland and Russia.


The results of the project will have an impact on several sectors: silviculture, teaching and research. The research will provide basic information to support sustainable and ecological forest management in northern boreal forests. Tourism and reindeer husbandry, as well as trade and industry, will benefit from the adaptation of forestry to northern conditions. Knowing how natural forests develop is also important for the management of nature conservation areas. The regional economy will be improved when local conditions are taken into account in forestry, and conflicts relating to alternative forms of land use are reduced. Information will be disseminated through scientific conferences and news bulletins. The main results are published in finnish and in russian

Project leader: Huhta, Esa
The Finnish Forest Research Institute, Rovanniemi Office, PL 16, FI-96301 ROVANIEMI, FINLAND
Phone: +358 29 532 3510

Other researchers: Kauhanen, Heikki, KO (2006-08), Lindgren, Mariko (2006), Lännenpää, Antti (2006), Mikkola, Kari, RO (2007), Salonen, Vesa (2006), Sokolova, Vladislava (2006), Wallenius, Tuomo, VA (2006-07), Wikholm, Mari (2007), Yli-Tuomi, Ismo (2007), Yuntunen, Matvey (2006)

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Updated 12.06.2012