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Joensuu Forestry Networking Week organised in May, with ‘new wood products’ as the theme

The Joensuu Forestry Networking Week provides a networking opportunity to young European researchers and forest experts. Organised jointly by the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), the European Forest Institute (EFI), the University of Eastern Finland and the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences, this event was held, to apparent acclaim, for the first time in 2009. This year, the event will be organised for the fourth time, in May, with the theme of new wood products and wood construction.

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Metla researchers to participate in creation of international book “Forests under pressure: Local responses to global issues”

The themes to be included in this important book, with global reach, were agreed at a workshop of the World Forests, Society and Environment (WFSE) project in Costa Rica. One of the book’s main goals is to analyse which factors support and promote the sustainable management and use of forests and the livelihoods of local people. The book will be published at the IUFRO World Congress in 2014. Researchers from the Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla will also contribute, as the book’s editors and writers.

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Metla’s expertise in demand around the world

Collecting information on global forest resources, and giving it a uniform format, is challenging. Insufficient inventory data is available, especially in the tropics and developing countries. Metla’s national forest inventory expertise is therefore in international demand. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations commissioned Metla to prepare a tailored inventory plan for information on forest resources in Tanzania. Work is being carried out in accordance with instructions from Metla in Tanzania, a country three times the size of Finland. Measurement of 34,000 sample plots is well under way and will be completed in the first half of 2012.

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International plant trade – an unreasonable risk to forests

Over the last few decades, the growth in international trade of plant material has resulted in a severe increase in forest damage. Expressing their concern about this, scientists from 25 countries signed a declaration (Montesclaros declaration, IUFRO) proposing restrictions to trade in plant material.

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