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February 28, 2012
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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.

Researchers from around the world participated in the workshop of the WFSE project, coordinated by Metla, at CATIE. Photo: René Alfaro.

In November 2011, almost twenty editors and key writers involved in the World Forests, Society and Environment project met in Costa Rica to discuss the theme, content and approach of the new book they are working on. The workshop was arranged at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre CATIE, one of WFSE network’s ten partner organisations.

WFSE is a special project of IUFRO, the international union of forest research organisations. The activities of this international cooperation network are coordinated by Metla. By collecting and critically analysing existing information, the WFSE project supports and promotes sustainable development and the creation of policy measures that promote the sustainable use and management of forests.

New book published at the IUFRO World Congress in 2014

The working title of the new book is “Forests under pressure: Local responses to global issues.” Its aim is to analyse factors supporting and promoting the sustainable management and use of forests, as well as the livelihoods of local people. The book further examines the joint effects of various factors and trends leading to the development of favourable conditions. Its analyses and examinations are mainly based on case studies in various locations around the world.

The book will be published in 2014 at the IUFRO World Congress, held in Salt Lake City, United States. Editors and writers of the book represent universities and research institutes in various parts of the world. Some 150 writers from 30 countries participated in creating the project’s previous book.

The two-day meeting “Making boreal forests work for people and nature” held at the Metla House in Joensuu on 17–18 October brought experts and researchers from various boreal forest countries around the same table. Photo: Metla/Merja Lindroos

Active publishing within the WFSE project

In previous years, networks within the WFSE project have produced regional policy reviews on Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The first working meeting for the current “Making Boreal Forests Work for People and Nature” review, now under preparation, was held in Joensuu, in eastern Finland, on 17–19 October 2011. The book’s writers and editors include experts on the boreal zone from the University of Eastern Finland, several departments of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Metla, the Swedish Future Forests project, and from Canada and North America.

The review will be available in February 2012 at, from where the WFSE project’s earlier publications can also be downloaded.

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