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9.02.00 - Forest sector analysis


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Towards the bioeconomy: The role of traditional and emerging products and supporting actions
Special Issue in Forest Policy and Economics. 2021.

Edited by Maarit Kallio, Franziska Schier

The forest-based sector is expected to play an important role in the economic transformation to a sustainable circular bioeconomy. Several countries have formulated policies and strategies with an aim to speed up this process. A range of possibilities of using forests and forest biomass exists in this: within the traditional industries, in replacing non-renewable or otherwise unsustainable materials, or in providing completely new products and services. However, the competition among the alternative uses is expected to intensify in the future when the resources are becoming scarcer due to growing consumption as such and due to environmental and social constraints on land use. Consequently, in order to consider the development of the forest-based sector as a central part of the bioeconomy, the analyses need to consider both traditional and emerging uses of wood and forests, while accounting for the resource availability. In this context, it is useful to investigate and quantify market supply and demand potentials, trade-offs, sectoral impacts, the role of policies and actions catalysing the economic transformation, as well as the related uncertainties. This special issue includes model-based or other quantitative analyses on market and policy driven possibilities and impacts related to a shift to forest bioeconomy on local, national or global scales. Special focus is set on the markets for emerging and new products and changing production portfolios in the forest-based sector. In addition, the issue includes analyses addressing the role of public and private actions and mechanisms that support or enable a shift from a business as usual path to the sustainable bioeconomy.

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The Economics of US Forests as a Natural Climate Solution

Webinar; 29 April 2021

This event was organized jointly by The Ohio State University, North Carolina State University, the University of Maine, the University of Idaho, and IUFRO. Presenters provided recent results from leading forest economic models that estimate the costs and potential of carbon sequestration in U.S. forests and provide U.S. scale estimates of forest-based mitigation potential and costs for various activities (afforestation, reforestation, forest management, rotation extensions), as well as at the regional, county and mill-shed scale for relevant activities. A panel discussion focussed on how to move from ambition to reality on the landscape with experts on market design and implementation.

For those who missed the webinar, a video recording is available at:



Towards the bioeconomy: the role of traditional and emerging products and supporting actions

The unit organized a session in IUFRO2019 Congress, Curitiba Brazil: Traditional, emerging and new forest products in a bioeconomy – advances and applications in modelling the market potentials and sectoral impacts.  Special issue is under compilation in Forest Policy and Economics (2021):


IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania 2016 (IUFRO-AO 2016) “Forests for Sustainable Development: The Role of Research” Beijing, China October 24 – 27, 2016

Call for abstracts to the session:  Future of forest industrial business: co-management of ecosystem services and corporate sustainability?

Organizers: Anne Toppinen (University of Helsinki, Finland), Christian Gamborg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) & Maarit Kallio (LUKE, Finland)

Format: Oral presentations and posters

The session brings together a rich collection of research-based evidence on ecosystem service management and the emerging interactions between businesses, industrial plantations and local livelihoods. The session also addresses impacts from changing international trade flows and foreign investments on the sustainable future of forest industry.

Deadline: 15  May 2016 -  Details at