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Forest Bioeconomy and Climate Change

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  • Shows how forest bioeconomy development can help to address the grand challenges of our time
  • The climate smart forestry approach is illustrated via case example countries: Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Spain
  • Relevant for the UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land

Part of the book series: Managing Forest Ecosystems (MAFE, volume 42)

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Table of contents (14 chapters)


About this book

This edited open access volume explores the role of forest bioeconomy  in addressing climate change. The authors put a particular focus on planetary boundaries and how the linear, growth-oriented economy, is coupled with climate change and environmental degradation. Biobased products and sustainable production paths have been developed, but how can they be scaled in order to lead to an economic paradigm shift? This and other questions are discussed throughout the volume.

Since science indicates that climate change will continue this century, the authors also analyse how forests can be adapted to increasing forest disturbances that changing climate are expected to cause.  The authors propose climate-smart forestry as useful approach for climate mitigation and adaptation of forests to climate change, as wells as sustainable increase of economic well-being based on forestry.  The book illustrates the application of climate-smart forestry in the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany and Spain, i.e., in EU countries with quite different forests and forest sectors.

This proactive and inspiring volume is an essential resource for Forest Management professionals, decision makers, scientists, and forestry students.


Editors and Affiliations

  • Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, European Forest Institute and University of Helsinki, Joensuu, Finland

    Lauri Hetemäki

  • School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland

    Jyrki Kangas, Heli Peltola

About the editors

Lauri Hetemäki is a Professor of Practice at the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki and a Senior Researcher at the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, European Forest Institute (EFI). He has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Helsinki. Previously, he has worked as the Assistant Director of EFI; Professor in Forest Sector Foresight at the University of Eastern Finland; and as a Senior Scientist at the Finnish Forest Research Institute. He has extensive experience in science-policy work, e.g. in supporting the work of the European Parliament, European Commission and Finnish Government and Parliament, as well as coordinating pan-European science-policy studies. He is an author of over 250 scientific and popular publications. Hetemäki is a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. 


Jyrki Kangas is a Professor of Forest Bioeconomy at the University of Eastern Finland, and Director of the Forest-Human-Machine Interplay (UNITE) Flagship of Science. He has a Ph.D. in Forest Sciences from the University of Joensuu. He was the Director General of Metsähallitus (2006-2014), Director of Forestry at UPM (2003-2006) and CEO of UPM’s real estate daughter company Bonvesta (2005-2006), and a Professor of Forest Planning and a Research Station Head at Finnish Forest Research Institute (1994-2003). He is an author of over 300 scientific and popular publications. Kangas has been awarded the Scientific Achievement Award by IUFRO. His positions of trust have included Vice-President of EUSTAFOR, Chair of Koli Forum and Chair of the Foundation for European Forest Research, among others. Currently, he is a member of the Board of Directors of Business Joensuu Ltd and of A. Ahlström Real Estate Ltd. Kangas was FORBIO’s Vice-PI and Interaction Coordinator.


Heli Peltola is a Professor of Silvicultural Sciences at the Faculty of Science and Forestry, University of Eastern Finland. She has a Ph.D. in Silvicultural Sciences from the University of Joensuu. Previously, she was a member of the Research Council for Biosciences Health and the Environment (BTY 2019-2021). Currently, she is a member of the Finnish Climate Change Panel (2020-2023). She has extensive experience in leadership of research projects, including the SRC FORBIO project in 2015-2021. She is an author of over 200 scientific peer-review publications. Peltola was awarded with the decoration Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland by the President of the Republic of Finland in 2020, and with the Carola and Carl-Olof Ternryd's award by the Linnaeus Academy's Research Foundation in 2020.

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