Theme: Development of sound management approaches and methods for multifunctional urban forestry in the Nordic countries

Traditional forest management practices and methods are mostly not appropriate for direct transfer to urban and peri-urban areas. On the other hand, promising practices and methods do exist, for example as developed by Pro Silva. Based on analysis of existing approaches and on the specific requirements of urban sites, suggestions for management will be developed. The aesthetical implications of different management regimes will be given particular attention.


Develop innovative silvicultural and other management methods based on an analysis of the Nordic and international state of art.


Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, with Latvian State Forest Research Institute for Baltic coordination.

Projects / focus areas

  • Preferences of field layer vegetation in urban woodlands
  • Dead wood in urban woodlands: opportunities and public preferences
  • Landscape laboratories as testing and demonstration areas
  • The concept of ‘stewardship’ in urban woodland management


  • Sjöman, H., Nielsen, A.B., 2010. Selecting trees for urban paved sites in Scandinavia – A review of information on stress tolerance and its relation to the requirements of tree planners. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 9(4).
  • Gundersen, V.S., Frivold, L.H., 2008. Public preferences for forest structures: a review of quanitative surveys from Finland, Norway and Sweden. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 7, 241-258.
  • Nielsen, A.B., Møller, F., 2008. Is coppice a potential for urban forestry? The social perspective. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 7, 129-138.
  • Nielsen, A.B., Jensen, R.B., 2007. Some visual aspects of planting design and silviculture across contemporary forest management paradigms: Perspectives for urban afforestation. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 6, 143-157.
  • Tyrväinen, L., Gustavsson, R., Konijnendijk, C.C., Ode, A., 2006. Visualization and landscape laboratories in planning, design and management of urban woodlands.Forest Policy and Economics 8 (8), 811–823.

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