From Jan. 1. 2015, Metla is part of the Natural Resources Institute Finland.
Metla-etusivuTutkimusPalvelutJulkaisutMetinfo-metsätietopalvelutTutkimusmetsätTietoa MetlastaStrategiaYhteystiedot

Research Programme:

Forests for multiple purposes (MMK) 2014–2018

Sitemap | Search

Logo: Metla/Jouni Hyvärinen

Metla launched the “Forests for multiple purposes” research and development programme at the beginning of 2014. This programme seeks to develop cost-efficient operating methods for increasing multiple forest use and integrating different modes of forest use.

The outcomes of the five-year programme will include a Forest Barometer that indicates changes in the number, quality and value of ecosystem services caused by changes in forest use.

Ecosystem services have been selected as the framework of the research because they enable the simultaneous assessment and optimisation of material and immaterial benefits. Ecosystem services refer to the material and immaterial benefits generated by nature. Immaterial benefits include issues such as recreation and well-being, the composition of the atmosphere and control of nutrient and water cycles. Material benefits include for example wood, berries, fungi and game.

The multi-disciplinary programme will serve all stakeholders involved in decision-making on forest use, such as businesses, ministries, regional and local actors, forest owners and citizens.


The 9 th Conference on Ecological Restoration will be held in Oulu August 3-8, 2014.



Professor Anne Tolvanen

Metla PO Box 413, FI-90014 Oulun yliopisto, FINLAND 
Phone: +358 29 532 3782 
Mobile phone: +358 50 391 3782 



Updated: 22.08.2014 /SJor  |  Photos: Anne Tolvanen and Erkki Oksanen, Metla  |  Copyright Metla  |  Feedback