From sustainable timber production to sustainable forest bioeconomy

Forest Sciences’ Day 23 October 2024

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The Forest Sciences’ Day will be organised this year for the 32th time. We will gather in the Viikki Campus of the University of Helsinki on 23 October 2024. Our general topic will be “From sustainable timber production to sustainable forest bioeconomy”. We will study the Day’s topic from historic, current and future perspective. The sustainability concept was first introduced in Germany in early 1800s in the forestry context. At that time, the concept referred only to sustaining or increasing timber production over time. The wide concept of sustainable development is much younger. It became generally known through the publication of the Brutland Commission report in 1987. The sustainability concept has widened also in forestry to securing of ecosystem functions and diversity. In forest bioeconomy, the forests do not provide just timber but also several ecosystem services. Some of them have economic value, like the forest carbon sinks, while others are genuinely immaterial, like health effects of forests. Wood can be used for various other uses than traditional timber. New uses of forests and mitigation of the environmental change call for extensive review of the sustainability concept. The Forest Sciences’ Day 2024 will offer an in-depth review on the concept and practice of sustainability. We will learn from the history for understanding year 2024 and will look to the future.

Forest Sciences’ Day 2024 will be part of the programme of the “Year of Sivistys“. The Finnish word “sivistys” does not have direct translation into English but it refers to civilisation, good general education and – in a way – to enlightenment. The Year of Sivistys 2024 is designated by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. It is a year full of events free to all. The Finnish Society of Forest Science participates for enhancing general understanding on forests and forestry. We emphasise Everyone’s Right to Forest Science.

The programme will be updated on this page during the spring time. The plenary speakers and their topics will be confirmed by the end of April. The topics of the afternoon parallel sessions will be published in May. At the same time will be published the call for voluntary presentations on your best sustainability research results and applications of science to forestry practice.

More information:

Research Professor Liisa Tyrväinen, Vice-Chair of Finnish Society of Forest Science

Tel. +358 29 532 4553, e-mail liisa . tyrvainen () luke . fi

Dr Pekka Nygren, Executive Manager of Finnish Society of Forest Science

Tel. + 358 44 558 1199, e-mail pekka . nygren () metsatiede . org