How can forestry in the Barents region adapt to the change of climate and socio-economic conditions?
The impact of climate change on the boreal forests of the Barents region is becoming more pronounced. The existing studies predict in the near future an increase in negative phenomena in the forests, such as windfalls, fires, forest diseases, and outbreaks of pests. Moreover, spruce forests will suffer the most from climate change, which will inevitably lead to changes in the forest resource base and its accessibility for forest companies. To preserve the potential of the Northern taiga forests, it is necessary to take measures to adapt forest management practices to the change of climate and socio-economic conditions.
This is what the joint project of WWF-Russia, Swedish Forest Agency (SFA), Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC), Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and ILIM Group launched in September 2019 is dedicated to.
The project will identify and present the best forest management practices that will help forest companies to improve their sustainability and adapt to forest management under changing natural, economic and social conditions. In order to present the best practices, it is planned to create an online tool through which stakeholders will be able to obtain up-to-date information on the existing forest management practices within Scandinavia and Russia. In addition, it is planned to develop field courses and conduct field training to improve the skills of forest sector specialists.
forest company ILIM is one of the partners of the project. It is assumed that pilot (demonstration)
areas will be organized within their leased forest areas to test some of the best forest
The project is funded by Russia and the European Union via the Kolarctic CBC Programme.
Headline photo : (с) Angelina Tikhonova / WWF-Russia