Joensuu Forestry Networking Week • Connecting Young European Experts

Topic 2009 • Fighting climate change: adapting forest policy and forest management in Europe

24.5.-29.5.2009, Joensuu, Finland



Venue: Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla). Metla House Joensuu, Yliopistokatu 6, Joensuu, Finland

Organizers and sponsors:

The Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2009 was organized jointly by the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), the European Forest Institute (EFI) and the University of Joensuu, Faculty of Forestry in co-operation with the COST Action: Expected Climate Change and Options for European Silviculture (ECHOES). The event was sponsored by the COST office, the Federation of Finnish learned societies (TSV), the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Metsämiesten Säätiö, the City of Joensuu, and the Regional Council of North Karelia.


Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2009

The idea to organize a yearly Joensuu Forestry Networking Week (JFNW) arose at a joint meeting between the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), the European Forest Institute (EFI) and the University of Joensuu, Faculty of Forestry in November 2007. These three organizations wanted to intensify their collaboration at a local level and combine their specialized expertise with a specific joint event. The JFNW aims to be a discussion and group work forum featuring timely and important forestry related topics. The JFNW is seen as a new initiative connecting and increasing the interaction between young and experienced scientists, professionals and stakeholders in forestry from different parts of Europe. The aim is to engage the participants in discussions, lectures, group work and excursions in order to broaden their own expertise and contacts through active participation and networking.

Topic 2009 • Fighting climate change: adapting forest policy and forest management in Europe

The UN Climate Change Conference 2007 in Indonesia adopted the Bali roadmap charting the course for a new negotiation process to be concluded by 2009. The process contributes to the Copenhagen conference 2009 and leads to post-2012 international agreement on climate change. The possible role of forestry in the mitigation of climate change has been put forward in many discussions and their inclusion in a post-2012 agreement. The impacts of climate change on forests, adaptation to climate change and contribution to mitigation have been analysed and discussed in many reports and publications. These were among the reasons why “Fighting climate change: adapting forest policy and forest management in Europe” was chosen to be the topic of the first JFNW. Thus, the main goal of the JFNW 2009 was to discuss the role of forestry in adapting to and mitigating climate change from the viewpoint of forest science and other scientific disciplines, with a special focus on forest policy and forest management. Priorities for actions at the local, national and European levels were made, and regional differences within Europe were described.

Group work was an important component of Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2009. The objective of the Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2009 group work was to improve participants’ expertise and knowledge on how forest policies, forest management, forest research and forest extension can be developed for better adaptation and mitigation to climate change. As a result of the group work the participants wrote a short report on how climate change and forest interaction should be considered in the formulation of forest policy, forest management, forest research and forest extension. The reports are published in Metla’s Working Papers.

The first Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2009 was a great success and created a new research network to accelerate new research projects and activities in this field. Altogether 55 participants from 17 countries participated in the first event. After receiving very positive feedback from the participants of the JFNW 2009 the three responsible organizations have agreed to organize more events in the future. Timely and important topics were chosen for the next two events, for 2010 “Forest-water interactions in Europe” and for 2011 “Forests and Energy”. The preparations for JFNW 2010 are already underway.

Keynotes and contributions by participant

Sunday 24th | Monday 25th | Tuesday 26th| Wednesday 27th | Thursday 28th | Friday 29th

Sunday 24 May 2009

Arrival to Joensuu

Monday 25 May 2009

Introductory and framework presentations
Fighting climate change: adapting forest policy and forest management in Europe
Chair: Dr. Jari Parviainen, Metla, Finland

Dr. Jari Parviainen, Chairman of JFNW Steering Committee, Metla The role of forests and forest based sector in meeting the European Union climate commitments
Dr. Roland Beck, European Commission, DG Agriculture EU policies and actions to fighting climate change
Prof. Tim Carter, Finnish Environment Institute Climate change, impacts and adaptation
Dr. Jean-Luc Peyron, ECOFOR, France Chairman of the COST Action “Expected Climate Change and Options for European Silviculture (ECHOES)”. Uncertainty in forest policy making
Prof. Manfred Lexer, Boku, Vienna, Austria How to manage forests under changing climatic conditions

Group Work in afternoon

Tuesday 26 May 2009

Impacts of climate change and options for adaptation
Chair: Dr. Marcus Lindner, EFI, Finland

Dr. Marcus Lindner and Dr. Marja Kolström, EFI Impacts of climate change in European forests and options for adaptation
Dr. Sigrid Netherer,  Boku, Vienna, Austria Biotic disturbances under climate change and how to respond to them
Dr. Antoine Kremer, INRA, France Inherent adaptive capacity and how to use it in adaptive forest management

Contribution by participant
Dr. Matteo Campioli, Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Belgium Impact of drought on the C cycle of a temperate deciduous forest: a modeling analysis of C allocation

Prof. Seppo Kellomäki, University of Joensuu, Finland Climate change impacts and options for adaptation

Group Work in the afternoon

Contribution by participant – Poster session
Darío Martín-Benito, CIFOR-INIA, Spain
Global change causes black pine growth divergence

Dr. Eric Verkaik, CT Wageningen, The Netherlands
Potential impacts of climate change on Dutch forests

Ignacio Barbeito Sánchez, CIFOR-INIA, Spain
Response of Scots pine natural regeneration to silviculture and small-scale environmental heterogeneity in a Mediterranean mountain forest

Wednesday 27 May 2009

How to deal with uncertainties and risks?
Chair: Dr. Heli Peltola, University of Joensuu, Finland

Dr. Kirsti Jylhä, Finnish Meteorological Institute Uncertainties in climate scenarios
Dr. Heli Peltola, University of Joensuu, Finland More wind and other abiotic risks – what to do?
Dr. José Ramón González Olabarria, Technological Forest Centre of Catalonia, Spain Integrating forest fire risk in forest planning

Contributions by participant
Dr. Lindsey J. Ellingson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden Forest owners’ perceptions of risk, climate change and the economic importance on their management decisions: A comprehensive review of Sweden’s private forest owners

13:00–18:00 Field trip
Site 1 Forester Jussi Lappalainen, Forestry Centre North Karelia
Forest management plans, guiding and  helping forest owners in decision making
Site 2 Forester Urpo Hassinen, Energy Cooperative ENO, Forest Centre North-Karelia
Forest biomass in energy production

Thursday 28 May 2009

Chair: Prof. Timo Karjalainen, Metla, Finland

Dr. G.J. Nabuurs, Alterra, Netherlands Forestry as a tool for mitigation of climate change: - the IPCC assessment and European cases
Prof. Antti Asikainen, Metla, Finland Role of forest biomass to meet the emission reduction targets
Dr. Kim Pingoud, VTT, Finland What can substitution do?

Contributions by participants
Dr. Hannes Böttcher, IIASA, Austria Forest management for climate change mitigation: the challenge of projecting the regional forest carbon balance and accounting of activities
Mr. Christopher Reyer, Wageningen University (WUR), Netherlands Forest agencies’ early adaptations to climate change

12:30–13:30 Group Work in the afternoon

Contribution by participant – Poster session
Dr. Fabio Lombardi, University of Molise, S.T.A.T. Department, Italy Dead wood as sink of carbon: tree rings used to assess deadwood permanence in beech forests in the Central Apennines (Molise, Italy) and in Magellan's beech forests in Navarino Island (Tierra del Fuego, Chile).

César Pérez-Cruzado, Escuela Politécnica Superior Lugo, Spain Carbon sequestration in biomass, litter and soil in former agricultural land reforested with fast-growing plantations in north western Spain.

François Ridremont, Gembloux Agricultural University (FUSAGx) The trees behaviour respond to climate change. An applied study at the Walloon Region scale (Belgium).

Friday 29 May 2009

Future forest perspective: presentations of the group works and discussion on the future actions for fighting climate change
Chair: Dr. Anssi Niskanen, University of Joensuu, Finland

Anssi Niskanen, University of Joensuu The future strategy of the European forest-based sector

Finalizing the Group Work, presentation of the group works and discussions

Discussion and agreements on the discussion paper and follow-up (e.g. further research needs, project plans, workshops, seminars etc.).


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