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Research Programme:

Functioning of forest ecosystems and use of forest
resources in changing climate (MIL) 2007 - 2012

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Background and challenges

Climate change can have great impacts on growth, health and biodiversity of boreal forest ecosystems, and the positive and negative effects will have influences on the whole society. Therefore, apart the mitigation actions, it is important to take actions to adapt the forest sector to the anticipated changes.

The mitigation and adaptation actions will reflect on the international policy and the course of the forest sector, with increasing needs in future to combine the forest policy decision making as part of climatic issues.

Aims of the programme

This research program aims at producing information of the impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems. Studies will be conducted to understand the forest and environmental policy actions and means that help in mitigating and adapting to climate change. The aim is that the knowledge produced in the program can be incorporated in the software developed in Metla to be used as practical forest planning tools by policy makers, foresters and forest owners. The research programme produces information in support of the greenhouse gas reporting dealing with forests, for Finland’s National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change, IPCC and the National Forest Programme.


The programme is funded by Metla, EU, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Academy of Finland and the Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation.

The research projects of the program have collaboration with researchers from the Finnish Universities (U. of Helsinki, U. of Joensuu, U. of Jyväskylä, U. of Oulu) and research institutions (Finnish Meteorological Institute) and from abroad.


Vapaavuori, Elina
The Finnish Forest Research Institute
Suonenjoki Office, Juntintie 154, FI-77600 SUONENJOKI, FINLAND,
phone: +358 29 532 4888
e-mail: elina.vapaavuori(a)

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