Managing forests for ecosystem services: can spruce forests show the way?

8 to 11 October 2012

What was the event?

The ongoing dialogue around ecosystem services (ES) and their value to society presents forest managers with the major challenge of describing, assessing, and delivering the various benefits that forest ecosystems provide. These benefits will vary with different types of forest ecosystem and the ways in which they are managed. One ecosystem of major importance in the northern Hemisphere comprises those forests dominated by spruce species.

These forests are important sources of timber, yet can also provide a wide range of other ES such as biodiversity, recreation, water quality, carbon sequestration, and landscape.  Planning and implementing multifunctional forest management in spruce dominated forests is challenging because of the trade-offs and synergies between ES.

Spruce-dominated forests will be examined as a ’model’ system to evaluate concepts capable of application across a much wider range of forest ecosystems.

This meeting enabled researchers, practitioners and policymakers to present and discuss findings on how best to translate the concepts promulgated by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) and successor documents into strategic, tactical and operational management regimes that will help adapt forests to meet changes in climate and in societal demands.

Conference programme (PDF-150K)


Recordings of keynote speeches and full session on the Thursday 11 October
(Click on the Eventcasts tab).


Selected contributions from the meeting will be invited for submission to a special issue of the international forest science journal Forestry, subject to the normal peer review processes.

Who was the event suitable for?

Researchers, practitioners and policy makers.

Where did the event take place?

Heriot-Watt University
James Watt II Building
Edinburgh EH14 4AS


For further information please contact:

Evelyn Hall
Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY