Welcome to
Baltic Sea Region Conference
Interdisciplinary Research for Higher Socioeconomic Value of Forests
June 10-12, 2013
Salaspils, Latvia

organized by Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava” in cooperation with Nordic Forestry CAR-ES (Centre of Advanced Research – Environmental Services)

 Conference proceedings here


Background and aim of the conference

The importance of forest ecosystems for human well-being cannot be overestimated. The valuation of ecosystem goods and services has gained much attention not only from scientists and policy makers but also from forest managers. Latvian State Forest Research Institute “Silava” and other research organizations in the Baltic Sea region have joined several national and international projects where various aspects of socio-economic value of forests are the main topics; moreover, close collaboration with enterprises, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and universities is involved. More intense scientific dialogue and information exchange could even further strengthen the collaboration, identify the key aspects and pave the way for further joint research activities. Only a small number of international events focus on these topics so far, especially considering the interdisciplinary and regional dimension, therefore conference can serve as a significant boost also for the recognition of studied issues in the Baltic Sea Region.

The conference will address topics relevant to forest ecosystem goods and services, with an emphasis on the economic value of forests and appropriate management practices to ensure sustainable use of forest resources including recognition of environmental benefits from forests such as clean water, carbon storage and protection of biodiversity. The aim is to facilitate scientific dialogue among experts of forest sector and associated branches in the Baltic Sea Region, to create an international platform for wide interdisciplinary collaboration and information exchange among neighboring countries, bringing together not only researchers from different institutions, but also representatives of industry, NGOs and government authorities, as well as students of forestry and associated specialities.

The language of the conference is English.


Conference themes and sessions

  1. Economic value of forest ecosystem goods and services, ways and means
    to increase it
  2. Sustainable forest management for rational and effective use of forest resources
    and products
  3. Management of and with environmental services

More detailed information on conference sessions will be available soon.


Committees

     Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Nicholas Clarke, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, NORWAY
  • Dr. Kalev Jõgiste, Estonian University of Life Sciences, ESTONIA
  • Dr. Kęstutis Armolaitis, The Institute of Forestry of the Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, LITHUANIA
  • Dr. Vilis Brukas, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Southern Swedish Forest Research Centre, SWEDEN
  • Dr. Pēteris Zālītis, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava", LATVIA
  • Dr. Imants Baumanis, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava", LATVIA
  • Dr. Tālis Gaitnieks, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava", LATVIA
  • Dr. Mudrīte Daugaviete, Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava", LATVIA
  • Dr. Arnis Treimanis, Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry, LATVIA

     Organizational Committee

  • Zane Lībiete-Zālīte
  • Dagnija Lazdiņa
  • Toms Zālītiis
  • Āris Jansons
  • Anita Baumane
  • Ilva Konstantinova
  • Signe Zommere

Presentations and Proceedings

The Conference Scientific Committee will invite submission of abstracts for presentations during oral and poster ses­sions. More information will be available later.


Registration and Accommodation

     Registration

 You are kindly asked to fill in a pre-registration form, thus helping us to understand your field of interest within the scope of the conference themes and to arrange sessions.
Full registration form will be available later.

     Accommodation

Information will be available later.

     The Venue

The conference will take place in Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava" in Salaspils, located 25 km south-east from the centre of capital city Riga and 30 km from Riga airport.


Useful tips

     Transportation

There are frequent flights to Riga airport from all major European cities. More detailed travel information will be available later.

     Conference Tour

On June 12th a scientific tour will be offered. More information will be available later.

     Deadlines

Deadline for pre-registration is June 30th 2012.


Contacts

Zane Lībiete-Zālīte, Head of the Organizational Committee

Latvian State Forest Research Institute "Silava"
Rīgas Str. 111
LV-2169, Salaspils,
Latvia

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