Barents Forest Sector Network (BFSN)

The main objectives of the BFSN are to create necessary conditions for the development of forestry, environmental care, and wood-based industries through cooperation, mutual concrete actions, projects and programmes within the forest sector of the Barents Region. The main efforts of the BFSN include:

  • Efforts to develop model forests and the concept of model forest in the Barents Region 
  • A Northern Dimension Forest Sector Programme - to   identify and achieve common targets for sustainable forestry and livelihoods through collaboration amongst Northern Dimension countries.

  • Establishment of three networks: logistic chain of trade of timber and other wood products, utilisation of forest resourses and wood based energy, and cooperation and collaboration between forest authorities.

The aim of the BFSN is to promote sustainable management of forest resources, to follow and timely contribute to BEAC activities, to advocate balanced and coherent view on forests as well as on products and services they provide.

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Nikita Pavlovich (chair)
Chief of Unit
North-West Region Forestry Department
Tel: +7 8125923991, +7 9218559369

Ivan Sovetnikov
Head of the Legal Department of the Federal Agency of Forestry
Tel: +7 4959511132

Natalia Demidova 
Deputy Director
Northern Research Institute of Forestry 
Tel: +7 8182612679
Konstantin Doronin
Minister of Natural Resources and 
Timber Industrial Complex of the Arkhangelsk Region
Tel.: +7 8182207776, +7 9214946770

Mr. Tatu Torniainen, D.Sc.(For.)
Ministerial Adviser
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Tel:  +358 295162162

Terje Hoel
Ministry of Agriculture and Food 
Tel: +47 22249249

Lars Andersson
Senior Adviser / International Coordinator
Swedish Forest Agency
Tel. +46 54555721

Esbj√∂rn Andersson 
Hon. Professor
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Tel. +46 22234953, +46 703734340 

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