Short workshop abstract: Both Sweden and Japan
are heavily forested countries with a long tradition of forest cultivation
and planting. Their forest sectors have evolved significantly, driven by
industrialization and technological advancements. This workshop seeks to
stimulate an interdisciplinary dialogue on forest management with a focus
on the current transformation of the sector across both nations.
fulfill crucial economic, environmental and social functions. Given resource
limitations, complex trade-offs are necessary to balance forests’ diverse
roles. While increasing wood extraction to grow the bioeconomy fosters the
substitution of fossil-based, carbon-intensive materials, it might result in
biodiversity loss and even higher GHG emissions. Various stakeholders such as
forest owners, forest product enterprises, government agencies, NGOs and
indigenous groups, have divergent views on these dilemmas. This has ignited
intense, polarized debates, especially in Sweden.
prevailing forest sector is under great pressure. To many experts, a
paradigmatic transformation is needed for the sector to properly address
today’s severe challenges, particularly environmental ones.
the nature and trajectory of this transformation, the pathways chosen to
achieve sustainability, may be idiosyncratic, being shaped by societal,
cultural, and political dynamics at the national level. These influences can
lead to fundamental differences in how forests are valued, used, managed; in
how trade-offs are made and balance achieved; in the interactions among
stakeholders and institutions.
goal of this workshop is to discuss sustainable forest management approaches in
Sweden and Japan, with a focus on change and transformation. The workshop will
adopt an interdisciplinary perspective, with speakers addressing the topic from
diverse angles, ranging from innovation to history of ideas, from academic to
practitioner standpoints. An interactive roundtable dialogue will complement
workshop aims not only to facilitate knowledge exchange and foster networking
but also to encourage concrete action and future projects.