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Trees and Forests for Global Development

Sustainable management of trees and forest for people and the environment


 Borneo field work

Our research for global development spans a broad range of tropical ecosystems, from natural wet forests to savannas, tree plantations, and agroforestry. 

We strive to explore the potential benefits that tree-based restoration and forest management can bring, such as enhanced water quality, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, soil fertility, and food and nutrition security. We work across the forest, agricultural and rangeland ecosystems.  

Along with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, we are committed to finding answers to questions such as:   

  • What are the trade-offs and synergies among ecosystem services from trees?  
  • What management practices and tree traits contribute most to promoting specific ecosystem services?  
  • When is planting and when is supporting natural regeneration the better choice?  
  • Is restorative management with native trees better than plantations with exotic species if we are interested in climate change mitigation and other ecosystem services, biodiversity, and economic benefits?  
  • Can forest-based industries be transformed to drive large-scale forest restoration and sustainable development?  

Explore more about our projects here

Good wood: transforming forest-based industries

 Borneo field work

Trees, Carbon and water

 Borneo field work
Published: 05 June 2023 - Page editor: tejshree.tiwari@slu.se

Department of Forest Ecology and Management 

Head of department Hjalmar Laudon, +46-90-786 8584
Deputy Head of department, premises & security Mats Öquist, +46-90-786 8525
Deputy Head of department, undergraduate studies Gustaf Egnell +46-90-786 8455
Deputy Head of department, post graduate studies Maja Sundqvist, +46-90-786 8273
Deputy Head of department, equal opportunities Kelley Gundale, +46-90-786 8444
Deputy Head of department, young researchers Lars Östlund, +46-90-786 8442 
Postal address: SLU, Skogens ekologi och skötsel, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden.
Visiting address: Skogsmarksgränd 17, Umeå

Internal workspace for the department