2024 May 30

Archive: 30/05/2024

FOREXT met in Uppsala, Sweden

During the May 2024 meeting, the FOREXT members discussed the network’s strategy and objectives, as well as plans for future activities. Also, to learn from each other, the members presented a selection of their best cases, tools, and research results.

Some of the highlights of the meeting were a visit to SLU – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and its Forest Damage Center, and a presentation and discussion on research results on Forest advisory services in Sweden. Also the Swedish Forest Agency demoed their My Pages-tool, which they have developed for mapping and supporting decision-making by forest owners.  Finally, European Investment Bank (EIB) presented the main barriers for investment in the forestry sector.

During a field trip the network met with a private forest operator providing advisory services, and heard an inspiring story of a female forest owner and her journey in forming a association of female forest owners. The group also visited a demonstration site of the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden (Skogforsk) where different types of planting and management systems were discussed.