What forestry research is needed in a world where we should be prepared and expect the unexpected? Future Forests organizes a seminar in connection with the release of a report on what forest research is needed to respond to the societal challenges described by the Swedish Forest Agency in its latest external outlook study.
Expect the unexpected in a world where societal values and global markets are changing quickly! In their study Omvärldsanalys 2023, the Forest Agency has identified global and national trends with the potential to influence Swedish forestry and forest sector in the short- and long-term. Global population dynamics, economic developments and the retreat of democratic ideas are some mega-trends taking centre stage in the report. The demand for Swedish forest-based products will likely increase but could change in different directions and take on new shapes. The study also mentions that growing the economy within the planetary boundaries is an equation that looks impossible to solve at this moment and trade-offs related to forests are clearly intensifying.
Based on the Swedish Forest Agency's study, Future Forests has summarized thoughts and ideas on the needs for forest-related research in the near and distant future. The report is partly based on a workshop on the same theme organized online on 25 January 2024.
During the seminar, we will present the results of the report and discuss the following questions:
- What research questions and new research directions address these societal challenges in the context of forestry?
- What is the potential and what are the barriers for inter- and transdisciplinary forest research to address these societal challenges?
- What is needed for researcher to address these challenges?
Welcome to our forest seminar at Campus Ultuna!