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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
Navigating a heated debate: Societal views on forest use and forest protection in Sweden

Navigating a heated debate: Societal views on forest use and forest protection in Sweden

Jan 12, 2023
Almost 70% of Sweden is covered by forests, making the topic of “Forest use vs Forest protection” of great importance and personal relevance to most people in the country, young as well as old. During Autumn 2022, two secondary school classes in the city of Umeå, in Northern Sweden, took a deep dive into various …
Students as Agents of Social Change/MULTIPLIERS & OStogether Inspiration Session

Students as Agents of Social Change/MULTIPLIERS & OStogether Inspiration Session

Oct 20, 2022
What does the school of the future look like? The times when students were considered mere recipients of information are over. Still, schools haven’t fully transitioned yet into a model that strongly encourages student participation, agency and self-efficacy, preparing pupils to tackle real-world challenges. With a focus on science education and sustainability dilemmas, the MULTIPLIERS …
Multipliers Open Science Community gets active in Slovenia with outdoor lesson in the forest

Multipliers Open Science Community gets active in Slovenia with outdoor lesson in the forest

Jul 4, 2022
The Multipliers Open Science Community (OSC) in Slovenia is getting active! On 16 June, the project’s OSC partner Slovenian Forestry Institute (SFI) conducted a workshop at the Betnava Forest, in the city of Maribor, attended by 21 students of the gymnasium school II. gimnazija Maribor. Dr Urša Vilhar, from SFI’s Department of Forest Ecology, introduced …
How can marteloscopes contribute to forest and science education? An interview with Lisa Hafer, WaldHaus Freiburg

How can marteloscopes contribute to forest and science education? An interview with Lisa Hafer, WaldHaus Freiburg

Apr 27, 2022
One of the main goals of MULTIPLIERS is to empower students through science education to participate in decision-making matters that affect their lives. The project will develop learning activities with real-life challenges as starting points, giving students access to authentic settings to make science classes more concrete and engaging. Activities will be based on six …
What is Open Schooling? The MULTIPLIERS approach to build inclusive and long-lasting learning communities

What is Open Schooling? The MULTIPLIERS approach to build inclusive and long-lasting learning communities

Apr 19, 2022
Modern societies are facing a wide range of complex challenges, such as fighting climate change, protecting the environment, promoting healthy living and fighting pandemics such as COVID-19, among others. To successfully prepare for and address such challenges, citizens must actively engage in public dialogue on scientific issues and participate responsibly in science-informed decision making. Still, …
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