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1 Meeting of Heads of National Forest Research Institutes Brussels 12 November 2004 Future research issues in the European context Risto Päivinen European Forest Institute

2 Commodities and products from Forests Timber (which grows slowly) Fuel Industrial products Non-timber Edible plants, nuts Animal products Medicinal products, Cork

3 Services from the Forests Environmental Local Soil protection Water quality Pollution buffering Global Carbon storage Genetic and biotic conservation Social Employment Outdoor reaction Aesthetic

4 Forestry-wood chain - Trend: Assessing its Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts

5 Trend: Industries getting global Competitiveness !

6 stewardship and use of forests, maintaining their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity and vitality Helsinki Resolution to fulfil, now and in the future, ecological, economic and social functions Trend: Policies towards Sustainable Forest Management:

7 Trend:Environmental changes Trend:Social evolution Urban needs - recreation, protection Rural needs - labour, income Climate, pollution

8 SOCIETY DEMANDS: DIFFER - TIME /PLACE WOODPROTECT. WATERGRAZINGHUNTINGCONSERV.RECREAT. FINLAND FRANCE SPAIN 2 26 Based on data published by UN-ECE/FAO Area 100%

9 NFRI Concept Paper5 Trend: New tools for science

10 2 A framework for forest research Industrial manufacturing Agriculture, urban regions

11 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper2 a. Ecosystem functioning Biodiversity dynamics & ecosystem functioning under various conditions: from genes to landscapes b. Managing forests Renewable timber resources, solid wood andfibres, molecules, bioenergy, non-wood products etc. c. Uses & services - demand by the society Social and cultural values, human health, landscapes and urban forestry,etc. Better competitiveness based on sustainable production: A framework for forest research Industrial manufacturing Agriculture, urban regions

12 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper2 a. Ecosystem functioning Biodiversity dynamics & ecosystem functioning under various conditions: from genes to landscapes b. Managing forests Renewable timber resources, solid wood andfibres, molecules, bioenergy, non-wood products etc. c. Uses & services - demand by the society Social and cultural values, human health, landscapes and urban forestry,etc. Better competitiveness based on sustainable production: A framework for forest research Industrial manufacturing Agriculture, urban regions

13 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper2 a. Ecosystem functioning Biodiversity dynamics & ecosystem functioning under various conditions: from genes to landscapes b. Managing forests Renewable timber resources, solid wood andfibres, molecules, bioenergy, non-wood products etc. c. Uses & services - demand by the society Social and cultural values, human health, landscapes and urban forestry,etc. Better competitiveness based on sustainable production: A framework for forest research Industrial manufacturing Agriculture, urban regions

14 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper7 Functioning of ecosystems under environmental and global changes Source: Fran ç ois Lef è vre Source : Fran ç ois Lef è vre Source: Denis Loustau Forest - climate interactions C and H 2 0 cycles, adaptation of species, biological invasions, emerging diseases, other risks Forests as biodiversity reservoirs Monitoring functional role of biodiversity, impact of forest management Forest ecosystems as components of landscapes Watershed management, soil protection …

15 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper7 Functioning of ecosystems under environmental and global changes Source: Fran ç ois Lef è vre Source : Fran ç ois Lef è vre Source: Denis Loustau Core area for NFRI’s: Infrastructure for long term monitoring and experiments Challence: All dimensions of biodiversity

16 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper5 Source: Patrick Perr é Source: Catherine Bastien Engineered wood products: biological control of wood formation and technological processes - towards targeted use of raw material Managing the forest resource: Engineered non-wood products: Cork, medical plants etc. New products from forest resource - like xylitol

17 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper5 Source: Patrick Perr é Source: Catherine Bastien Role of NFRIs: Strong links to Forest Managers Managing the forest resource: Challence: Managing the forest for the rest of the chain

18 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper9 Society demands from the forests Perception of forest - based products - market developments Forests for people - recreation, health, culture New questions in social sciences (geography, sociology, economy,etc.) vs. biological and technological disciplines mobilized by new research objects Reconstitution du village de Chalifert (source : IAURIF)

19 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper9 Society demand from the forests Reconstitution du village de Chalifert (source : IAURIF) Social and policy sciences growing in NFRIs

20 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper14 Multifunctionality: Balancing goods and services from the forests 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper10 Sustainability: goods and services today and tomorrow

21 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper14 21/09/2004NFRI Concept Paper10 Analysis of trade-offs between optional use of forests Integration - segregation Contribution of forests and forestry to sustainable development Sustainability impact assessment

22 To map the road to sustainable development To map the road to sustainable development Research Industries Governments Land owners NGOs Research Industries Governments Land owners NGOs Establish fundamentals for creating new information, organise, educate and apply Establish fundamentals for creating new information, organise, educate and apply Capacity Building in Sustainable Development WhoWhatWhy

23 Research topics to be further elaborated in the afternoon Thank you!


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