Barents Forest Forum 2019
The focus of the conference is on the multiple-functions of forests in future bioeconomy (e.g., society’s mitigation and adaptation to climate change, biobased products, and forest-based innovations). Questions on labor supply, equal opportunities, and forest-related education will also be discussed. The first day of the Barents Forest Forum invites participants to a pre-conference workshop focused on labor supply, equal opportunities and education. The second day comprises of high-level practice-oriented presentations and networking. The last day of the event focus on practical demonstrations in forest-related excursions.
Location: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Skogsmarksgränd 17.
Language of the conference: English and Russian.
Last day to register: October 7th, 2019
15 October - Pre-conference activity
13.30 – 14.00 Coffee and registration
14.00 – 18.00 Pre-conference workshop (Moderated session)
Working for a future forest sector
Perspectives of education, labor supply, expectations of future employers, and equal opportunities
End-discussion: how the experiences shared during the workshop can be used in future work in future network activities.
16 October - Conference
8.00 – 8.30 Registration
8.30 – 9.00 Welcome session
Opening speeches by officials.
9.00 – 11.30 Session I:
The forest in the bioeconomy – opportunities of a bio-based society
- Goods of the forest
- Services of the forest
- Tall-wooden buildings
11.30 – 13.30 Lunch and "walk-about" (SLU)
Lunch stations and short lunch talks about SLU activities
13.30 – 15.45 Session II:
The forest in the bioeconomy – transformation challenges
- Demand of goods/services
- Knowledge – knowhow
- Sustainability goals
- Bioeconomy strategies and policy
15.45 – 17.30 Session III:
The forest in the Barents region – lessons and way forward
17.30 – 18.00 Final conclusions
Summary of the conference including the pre-conference workshop
19.30 - Conference dinner
17 October - Excursions
1. Bioeconomy in the Urban Region
This excursion aims to develop an understanding of how the challenges of the bioeconomy transformation affect the urban area close to Umeå city. We will combine outdoor visits in an urban forest area with indoor discussions on topics like innovation, sustainability, wood building and bioenergy. The excursion starts from downtown and ends at the airport for those leaving Umeå in connection to the excursion. The excursion will be held in English with translation to/from Russian.
Approx. time schedule: excursion starts at 8.15 and ends by 15.10 at airport (and 15.30 downtown).
2. Bioeconomy in the Region of Västerbotten
The second excursion focuses on the region of Västerbotten. The aim is to discuss how the local societies in connection to the urban area are facing the challenges of bioeconomy transformation. Innovation, sustainability, knowledge exchange, forest ecosystem services and wooden buildings are examples of the topics that will be covered though visits and short talks on the bus. The excursion starts in the city center of Umeå and will take us on a journey through the forest landscape, passing the Vindeln River, going back by the coastal area of Västerbotten (approx. 250 km). The excursion will be held only in English.
Approx. time schedule: starts at 7.45 and ends by 17.30 by the airport (and 17.45 downtown Umeå).
Project leader Barents Forest Forum 2019
Researcher, head of office Forest Bioeconomy Network
+46 90 786 85 96, +46 70 29 29 018
Mona Bonta Bergman
Communications officer Forest Bioeconomy Network
+46 730-347 379