Forestry and Sustainable Development

Last changed: 20 January 2022

8 February - 3 March 2022. Note: Postponed until further notice, due to Covid travel restrictions

Sweden and other United Nations Member States adopted the Sustainable Development Goals ( in 2015 to end poverty, safeguard the environment and to ensure global peace and prosperity. Nationally, Sweden has committed to a net zero emission economy by 2040 and this decision elevates the strategic importance of forests as sources of sustainable energy and materials. Forest resources, play a key role in achieving national and EU energy policy objectives.

The course uses both quantitative and qualitative methods and draws on national and international statistics, energy and material assessments, emission accounting and technological factors. The course aims at an interdisciplinary audience and encourages cross-discipline discussions on forest, energy and climate issues.

Course topics include:

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Forestry practice and material cascade
  • IPPC assessments findings
  • Ecological perspectives and forestry
  • Energy policy and future emission pathways
  • Bioenergy and biorefining from forests
  • Forest carbon accounting
  • Future adaptation in the forestry industry


Time: 2022-02-08 - 2022-03-11
Location: Umeå (February 22-24) and individual study at distance
Registration: Contact course leader David Agar: