Climate change, globalised trade and growing energy and raw material needs are increasing the demand for forest resources. This programme has developed tools for scientifically based decisions on the future management of forests. The aim has been to get the balance right between producing more timber, paper and energy, and safeguarding biodiversity, ecosystem services and outdoor recreation.
In February, Future Forests Week was held, a final conference to present and discuss the results of the programme.
A number of field trips were organised to forest areas, including one to Västerbotten in September together with HM The King.
This was the last regular year as a Mistra-funded programme, but certain activities will continue in 2017. SLU has decided to carry on running parts of Future Forests as one of its interdisciplinary Future Platforms.