Themes

Forest use vs. forest protection

From wood production to biodiversity conservation and climate regulation: forests provide a multitude of services to society.

However, varying demands or emphasis towards particular services may result in conflicts of interest. To ensure sustainable forest management, the provision of valuable ecosystem services, and the maintenance of biodiversity in the long-term, we need to base our decisions on the best available data and scientific knowledge, and to consider potentially resulting trade-offs. In MULTIPLIERS, students will engage with scientists, foresters, nature conservation managers, and other relevant actors. Hands-on training will take place, for instance, in demonstration sites with so-called marteloscopes, where the ecological and economic value of trees can be investigated in training and educational exercises in the forest. These real-life examples will increase students’ commitment and willingness/ability to discuss complex topics and trade-offs, to make decisions based on economic, ecological, cultural, and social perspectives on forests, to find compromises, and to develop different pathways for action. This activity will first take place in Sweden and is later planned to occur in Germany.

Forest use vs. forest protection
Forest use vs. forest protection
Same trees, different perspectives: using a marteloscope to present forests in a new light

Same trees, different perspectives: using a marteloscope to present forests in a new light

Feb 22, 2024
What do you see when you look at a forest? The first, obvious answer could be “trees”, but the more nuanced reality is that forests have different meanings and values to different people. Trees provide important habitats to animals, such as cavities for bats to sleep in and branches for birds to build their nests …
Students use their imagination to design smart, sustainable products from forest materials

Students use their imagination to design smart, sustainable products from forest materials

Jan 8, 2024
By Lina Varg and Christina Ottander, Umeå University The MULTIPLIERS partners from Umeå, Sweden, are working with the theme Forest use vs forest protection, which includes a great deal of complexities, and involves different stakeholders’ perspectives. Forests contribute to society in a multitude of ways. In Sweden, apart from providing a space for recreation, reindeer …
Introducing the MULTIPLIERS Open Schooling Hub: a treasure trove of teaching & learning resources on real-world challenges

Introducing the MULTIPLIERS Open Schooling Hub: a treasure trove of teaching & learning resources on real-world challenges

Nov 6, 2023
The MULTIPLIERS project has just launched its new MULTIPLIERS Open Schooling Hub: a platform hosting a wealth of teaching and learning resources for educators looking to address some of today’s most relevant real-world challenges, such as vaccination and biodiversity protection.
Touch and smell the forest! The teaching material Skogslabbet is used for a workshop at SciFest in Uppsala, Sweden

Touch and smell the forest! The teaching material Skogslabbet is used for a workshop at SciFest in Uppsala, Sweden

Oct 9, 2023
By Lina Varg and Christina Ottander, Umeå University Society benefits from the forests’ contribution of a variety of services such as wood production, climate control, and spaces for recreation. However, the different stakeholder perspectives could lead to conflicts of interest which need to be considered with regard to economical, ecological, cultural and social aspects. Umeå …