Previous CARs





Nordic-Baltic Centre of Advanced Research on Forestry Serving Urbanised Societies II
Coordinator: Associate Professor Anders Busse Nielsen, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,
Financing: 400.000 DKK/year for 5 years
This CAR continues its successful work from the previous funding period, being a catalyst for research in the fields of urban forestry and forestry at large. In the first period, several emerging research topics were identified. These have been used to select four prioritised research themes in the new CAR: Forest governance (how decisions about forests are made and who is involved); Nature and human health relations; Forest, recreation and tourism; and Quality urban forest management.
Find out more on the CARe-FOR-US II website.



Centre of Advanced Research on Environmental Services from Nordic forest ecosystems



Operating Systems for Centre of Advanced Research



(Centre for Advanced Research in forest genetics, breeding and regeneration for adapting and mitigating climate change)
Coordinator: Professor Erik Dahl Kjaer, Forest & Landscape Denmark,
Financing: 400.000 DKK/year for 5 years
Many of the core group members of this new CAR were involved in the former GENECAR group, which was active between 2005 and 2010. The scientific motivation behind AdapCAR is the need to increase knowledge about the adaptation of forest trees to global warming. Maladapted trees are prone to diseases, and the genetic variability associated with adaptable traits is essential for the health of trees in a changing climate. The overall aim of AdapCAR is to support development and implementation of good practices for use and management of forest genetic resources.
Find out more on the AdapCAR website.




The virtual Centre of Advanced Research in forest pathology
Coordinator: Jarkko Hantula, Metla, Finland,
PATHCAR was to promote collaboration among Nordic and Baltic forest pathologists to make Nordic/Baltic forest pathology more efficient and competitive. Dissemination of results to different end-users and stakeholders in the Nordic and Baltic countries was also given high priority.
The network was led by a coordination committee, with representatives from the participating institutes:

  • Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla)
  • Norwegian Forest Research Institute (Skogforsk)
  • Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark (KU LIFE)
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
  • Icelandic Forest Research Station
  • Estonian Agricultural University
  • Latvian State Forestry Research Institute (SILAVA)
  • Lithuanian University of Agriculture

The coordinating committee discussed relevant projects at the Nordic institutes and decided which projects should be given the highest priority for Nordic co-operation. Proposals were made to include the following projects in PATHCAR:

  • Molecular tools in the ecology and population biology of forest pathogens (led by Jarkko Hantula at Metla)
  • Biology of Heterobasidion annosum (led by Jan Stenlid, SLU)
  • Host-pathogen interactions (led by Halvor Solheim, Skogforsk, Norway)
  • Decline of common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) (led by Albertas Vasiliauskas, Lithuanian University of Agriculture)

Read more about PATHCAR (PDF)
PATHCAR – Final report (PDF)




Nordic-Baltic Centre of Advanced Research on Forestry Serving Urbanised Societies
Coordinator: Professor Cecil C. Konijnendijk, Forest & Landscape, Denmark,
This centre aimed to strengthen research on urban forestry within the region. Urban forests refer to the treedominated green spaces in and around cities and owns. The concerns of the CAR included assessment of urban forests and their qualities, development of appropriate administrative policies, legal frameworks, public involvement and conflict management planning tools, and innovation of silvicultural and other management methods.

Read more about CARe-For-Us (PDF)
CARe-For-Us – Final report (PDF)



Centre of Advanced Research on Environmental Services
Coordinator: Per Gundersen,
This centre had focus on carbon sequestration, water protection and biodiversity.
Environmental research on forest ecosystems had largely concentrated on negative aspects such as the impact of clear-cuts, or air pollution. This CAR instead highlighted benefits – environmental services – that the forests provide.
The CAR was to develop a decision support system that would be accessed on the Internet by forest owners, decision-makers and the public.

Read more about CAR-ES (PDF)
Final report from CAR-ES (PDF)



Centre for advanced research in forest genetics and tree breeding
Coordinator: Tore Skröppa,
This centre promoted and coordinated collaboration among Nordic forest geneticists and tree breeders, aiming to make their activities more cost efficient. Besides conducting advanced research, it also disseminated research results to different end-users and stakeholders. The following research projects were to be included in the first phase of GENECAR:

  • genetics of climate adaptation of boreal forest trees
  • breeding of boreal forest trees
  • gene research and biotechnology
  • conservation genetics of Nordic trees and woody plants

Read more about GENECAR (PDF)
GENECAR – Final report (PDF)



Operation systems – centre of advanced research
Coordinator: Magnus Thor,
The aim of OSCAR was to promote research on operation systems, with special emphasis on technology and support systems. The following topics were identified for initial inclusion:

  • forest-energy techniques (including early thinning)
  • secondary transportation
  • man-machine interactions (including automation)
  • wood-supply-chain management
  • NSR-networking activities

Read more about OSCAR (PDF)
OSCAR – Final report (PDF)

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