We have some free spots for additional presentations and discussion in the CAR-ES Functional Biodiversity meeting. Please contact Ivika Ostonen (, University of Tartu.

Tentative program

Invitation to CAR-ES III workshop and network meeting

Understanding Forest Management for Enhanced Environmental Services: Soil carbon dynamics and functional biodiversity 
June 30th 2017
Tartu, Estonia

Focus of the meeting

Whereas C sequestration in biomass is relatively well described through changes in the standing stock of wood, the processes driving the changes in the potentially long term soil C pool are less known.  Major processes of C accumulation and decomposition are closely linked to microbial function and diversity, as well as to soil fauna.

The meeting aims at getting an overview of previous and ongoing studies on soil functional biodiversity and relationships with soil carbon accumulation and loss in forests of the Nordic-Baltic region,  – in general as well as in relation to various forest management practices. Summary presentations on purpose, key approaches and main findings are welcome.

Based on this overview, we aim at submitting an application to SNS to review the current status of knowledge on soil C in relation to functional biodiversity and forest management in the Nordic-Baltic region.

The workshop will be back-to-back with the Woody Root 7 Symposium, which includes keynote talks by Björn Lindahl, Wim van der Putten and others ( ).

Target group

Researchers working with soil carbon, soil microbial biodiversity and soil fauna in Nordic-Baltic forest ecosystems.


University of Tartu, Estonia 

Travel and accommodation information is available on the webpage of Woody Root 7 Symposium ( )

For more information, contact:

Ivika Ostonen (University of Tartu, Estonia), Raija Laiho (Luke, Finland),  and O. Janne Kjønaas (NIBIO, Norway)


CAR-ES 2016-2020 kick-off meeting was held in Riga, Latvia, 18-19 May 2016. The main aim of the meeting was to develop a practical work plan for the first two years of the new funding period.

The meeting was back-to-back with the kick-off meeting of SNS-120: Anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas emissions from organic forest soils: improved inventories and implications for sustainable management, 19-20 May.


Redox and temperature measurements in a forest fen, Sorø, Denmark, Ingeborg Callesen, University of Copenhagen

Expriences of CoupModel application for peatland, Hongxing He, University of Gothenburg

Drained peat soils, development of specific greenhouse gas emission factors – aimed for mitigation and policy, Åsa Kasimir, University of Gothenburg

Greenhouse gas emissions, carbon budget, and soil microbiological relations in full-drained peatland forests in Estonia, Ülo Mander, University of Tartu

Organic soils in Finnish GHG inventory, Aleksi Lehtonen, Natural Resources Institute Finland

Carbon stock changes in drained organic forest soils 50 years after drainage, Ainars Lupikis, Latvian Forest Research Institute ‘Silava’

Carbon balance of a drained forested bog in southern Finland, Kari Minkkinen, University of Helsinki

Tammela, a supersite of peatland forestry research in Southern Finland, Annalea Lohila, Finnish Meteorological Institute


CAR-ES is co-organizer of the workshop “Landscape management and design for food, bioenergy and the bioeconomy: methodology and governance aspects” 15 – 16 March 2016, Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden. Call for presentations: Deadline 8 February, 12:00 CET. Participation notice: Deadline 19 February. Contact persons: Göran Berndes ( and Madelene Ostwald (


CAR-ES 2011-2015 final conference:

Managing Forests to Promote Environmental Services: Climate change adaptation and mitigation, water protection, biodiversity conservation, and soil quality maintenance.

Carbon sequestration, water protection and biodiversity are key environmental services provided by the Nordic and Baltic forests, and each of them are linked to soil properties and quality. Various types of forest management have different effects on these services, and knowledge on how the forest management can help maintain and enhance them is crucial to sound decision making in the forest sector and in policy development.

The conference was arranged to properly round-off the activities of the SNS funded CAR-ES network for the 2011-2015 period. All researchers working with these topics were invited to present their work, present state-of-the-art, and jointly identify knowledge gaps to be addressed in the future.

The conference was successfully held in Copenhagen, 3-5 November 2015, with about 50 participants from especially the Nordic and Baltic countries, but with also Germany, Great Britain and United States being represented. Several PhD-students participate and presented their work.

For more information, visit the conference homepage, where you can also find the detailed program and the book of abstracts (soon to come). Contact persons: Inge Stupak (, Leena Finer (, and Lars Högbom (


Which are most important future challenges for the forest sector in the Nordic-Baltic region? Joint Workshop of SNS and Centres of Advanced Research (CARs), 18 May 2015, Skogforsk, Uppsala Science Park, Dag Hammarsjöldsväg 36A, Uppsala, Sweden. Organisers: SNS Nordic Forest Research and Centres of Advanced Research. CAR-ES representatives gave an overview of CAR-ES work and project results during the last five years. For more information, contact Inga Bödeker, ( For the CAR-ES presentation, contact Inge Stupak.


CAR-ES workshop and network meetings, 20-22 October 2014, Vantaa, Finland. New work was presented on ecosystem services from forests. The meeting included about 25 participants from the Nordic and Baltic countries. An excursion was arranged to see and discuss, among other, management of ripean zones in forest. The programme is available from the workshop homepage, from which also the proceedings are available.

Finland1 Finland2



CAR-ES workshop and network meetings, 20-21 March 2014 in Birštonas, Lithuania. The workshop included a seminar with presentations on various aspects of ecosystem services from forests (see program, Annex B1) and an excursion to see, among other, conservation sites, and forests left untouched for a period of 40 years. A number of 25 people from the Nordic and Baltic countries participated. A business meeting was also held, along with other project meetings of the CAR-ES spinoff projects.


Baltic Sea Region Conference Interdisciplinary Research for Higher Socioeconomic Value of Forests 10-12. June 2013, Latvia. For more information, see here.



Management effects on environmental services of forest ecosystems: carbon, bioenergy, water and biodiversity, 22.-25. May 2013, Hveragerði, Iceland. For more information, see here.


Soil carbon sequestration for climate, food security and ecosystem services, 27-29. May 2013, Iceland. For more information, see here.



Ås, Norway, November 2012



Copenhagen, Denmark, January 2012



Uppsala, Sweden 2011



Water Footprint workshop, Finland, August 2011 (Samuli Launiainen, Martyn Futter, David Ellsion, Nicholas Clarke, Leena Finér, Lars Högbom, Ari Laurén and Eva Ring).



Forest and Water Network meeting, Warsaw, 2011.

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