Sustainable Forestry

Route to Paris is a multifaceted project that explores the role of Swedish forests in advancing a climate-neutral society. It specifically focuses on integrating climate-smart strategies within sustainable forestry practices to align with the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

This initiative is led by experts in forest policy and management, drawing insights from the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities. It represents a collaborative effort among the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå University, the University of Borås, Södertörn University, and Lund University, with participation from the World Forest Forum. The project receives funding from Formas.

Contributing from Umeå University are the Department of Ideas and Society Studies and the Department of Political Science. The project aims to glean lessons from past transitions, analyze the dynamics of carbon dioxide flows and substitution effects in societal contexts through varied forest scenarios, and scrutinize the consumption patterns of different wood products. A critical component involves engaging stakeholders in dialogues to pinpoint the key factors and challenges in achieving climate targets through sustainable forestry practices.

Furthermore, the researchers, in strategic collaboration with key industry players, are set to identify and cultivate innovative policy instruments and forest management techniques. These are designed to motivate forest owners nationwide to adopt and implement climate-smart forestry practices.

At Lund University, parts of the project’s historical research are being conducted. This aims to analyze and learn from historical societal crossroads, parallel to the contemporary issue of the forest’s role in climate transition, from a history of knowledge perspective.

The University of Borås contributes with the sub-project ‘Understanding consumption of wood products’.