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POLYFORES conference

Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem service across the globe. February 26-28, 2020. Bonn Germany.


Forests are among the planet’s most important human life supporting ecosystems. A variety of forest management concepts, such as sustainable forest managementecosystem-based managementclose-to-nature-forestryor multifunctional forestryhave been developed to accommodate distinct social demands in different contexts.

Such forest management approaches are embedded into complex policy contexts, that build on a large variety of policies and initiatives. Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services has for a long time been an important paradigm. 

Furthermore, several factors that influence both forest policies and management originate from other sectors, such as agriculture, environment, energy, and rural development. At the same time, major global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss, rising demands for products and services due to global population and economic growth, and urbanisation affect the way how forests are and can be governed and managed.

The conference objective is to compile and synthesise the scientific evidence related to the current state of integrated forest management approaches. This can be understood as approaches where both policy and forest management provide a multitude of services at the same time, either at the forest stand or at the forest landscape level. 

The conference brings together academic research from different disciplines such as policy analysisecologyeconomicsforest (ecosystem) management and conservation. It also will engage policy makers and practitioners.

The conference is organized by INFORMAR and POLYFORES, with support from ConFoBi, oForest, Swiss Forest Lab, Sincere and ForBioeconomy. 

Several international organizations are cooperating for the setting up of the event: EFISLUUniversity of FreiburgBOKUCTFCNMBUCEPFCIFORWSLKU LeuvenUniversity Padova-TESAF, INRAE, IUFRO and NFZ.forest

Call for papers and abstract submission

We invite researchers from disciplines such as policy analysis, ecology, economics, forest (ecosystem) management and conservation to submit suggestions for paper presentations to this interdisciplinary conference on integrated forest management approaches and ecosystem services. Call for papers is now closed.


Here you see the program for the conference

About the conference

Learn more about the conference, the conference organizers, the venue and other practical information about the conference. Here you can also see the list of keynote speakers that is already confirmed. The list will be updated continuously.

Contact us

Please contact us at fes.governance@slu.se

Published: 27 April 2022 - Page editor: camilla.widmark@slu.se

Department of Forest Economics

Head of Department: Camilla Widmark

Deputy Head of Department: Torbjörn Andersson


Visiting address

Skogsmarksgränd 17, SE- 901 83 Umeå

Ulls väg 27, SE- Uppsala