Study visit and Workshop in Mörrum: Climate and Societal Benefits with Fast-Growing Broadleaves

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A nineteen years old poplar stand close to Uppsala, Sweden.

This workshop focuses on involving different stakeholders in current research on fast-growing broadleaves. Decision-makers who shape our landscapes with various regulations, farmers and foresters who plant crops and produce food, feed and woody raw materials, local authorities in county administrations who own and lease out agricultural land, marginal land, industrial land, forestland and are willing to re-think how to manage these areas – you all are warmly welcome!

Fast-growing broadleaves have been an important part of northern agricultural landscapes and forests in the past. The sectoral division of land use after the industrialization of agriculture and forestry has led to a decline of these tree species and ecosystem services connected to them in our landscapes. The industrial demand for only coniferous wood, has led to Swedish forests being managed as monocultures of either spruce or pine for decades. However, fast-growing broadleaves provide raw material for products such as textiles that cannot be manufactured from coniferous wood. 

The demand for raw material of fast-growing broadleaves in an existing textile pulp mill in Sweden, will favour a more diversified land use. Today, we have technologies that can use wood from these fast-growing broadleaves to produce textiles. However, there is a shortage of these trees in our country. 

We will show how textile pulp from wood is made and discuss what are the requirements for pulpwood used for textile pulp in the mill in Mörrum. The following workshop gives possibilities to interact with young researchers, landowners, industry representatives and discuss current research on fast-growing broadleaves. We aim to initiate a conversation between stakeholders and young researchers on how to include fast-growing deciduous trees in our land use – both in agricultural landscapes and on forestland. How can we manage our forests effectively by including fast-growing broadleaves? How to combine tree species with different rotation times and ecological adaptations on our forestland? What ecosystem services can fast-growing broadleaves provide in our agricultural landscapes?

Register here February 14th at latest:

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Time: 2023-03-14 10:00 - 2023-03-15 13:30
City: Mörrum
Last signup date: 14 February 2023
Additional info:

Meals on March 14 and 15 are included, as well as travel from Mörrum to Ronneby Brunn where we eat dinner, stay overnight and hold the workshop. However, each participant needs to finance travel to Mörrum and accommodation in Rönneby Brunn.

Book your stay overnight at Ronneby Brunn Conference & Meetings and indicate a booking reference number 40556373.


Tuesday 14th of March

10.00 Welcome from the National Commission for Fast-Growing Broadleaves in Sweden, Anneli Adler, chair

10.10 Helena Claesson, Södra Innovation, about the investment in textile pulp and recycling of cotton in Mörrum's mill (in Swedish with slides in English)

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Study visit to textile pulp mill in Mörrum (two groups: one for Swedish speakers/ one for English speakers)

15.00 Coffee

15.30 - 18.00 Field trip to plantations with birch and hybrid aspen established in 90-ies on agricultural land close to Mörrum led by Anders Ekstrand, Södra Skog

18.00 Departure to Ronneby Brunn Conference Centre 

19.00 Dinner


Wednesday 15th of March

8.15 – 12 Workshop for landowners, policymakers as well as advisors to contribute to the current research on fast-growing broadleaves. Popular scientific presentations from PhD-students from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (10 minutes per presentation in Swedish or in English, ca 10 presentation/PhD-students).

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.30 End of the workshop