Prof. Björn Hånell presents major challenges in today’s research of the IUFRO Division 1
Silviculture aims at controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health and quality of forests and woodlands to meet the diverse needs of landowners and society on a sustainable basis.
Major challenges in today’s research
IUFRO Division 1 ”Silviculture” brings together more than 100 scientists who focus their work on a broad range of topics and address two major challenges in today’s research – the adaptation of forests and forestry to climate change, and the development of more flexible agroforestry systems.
Short-rotation, peat and ungulates
A lot of research work in Division 1 is focused on boreal forests. Besides the Research Group (RG) Boreal forest silviculture and management, there is, for example, a Working Party (WP) on Peatland forest science, which is especially relevant for Sweden where one-quarter of the land area is covered with peat, and partly used for forestry. The RG Short-rotation forestry strives for a larger share of renewable energy, and thus more efficient use of bioenergy from forests, and, the WP on Silviculture and ungulates looks at the influence of moose and roe deer on forests and trees.
IUFRO – the worlds´ forest science network
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations is the World’s Forest Science Network. It is the only worldwide international organization devoted to forest research and related sciences and is open to organizations and individuals involved in forest research and forest-related sciences. Headquarters of this non-governmental and non-profit union established in 1892 are currently located in Vienna, Austria.
In total, eight bids for the IUFRO World Congress 2019 were received by the deadline. The IUFRO Management Committee (MC) has carefully evaluated all bids. The Swedish bid submitted by SLU has been selected for further consideration together with a Tri-national bid submitted by Germany and a bid from Brazil. These bids will finally be presented for the IUFRO board the 10th June in Costa Rica.
Read more about IUFRO -the worlds´ forest science network in SIFI newletter 9.
By Björn Hånell, Professor, Coordinator of IUFRO Division 1 – Silviculture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences