Barents Forest Sector Network (BFSN)

The forest sector is an important part of the economic, social and environmental development in the Barents region. The aim of the Barents Forest Sector Network (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 the products and services they provide.

To this end BFSN is to:

  • promote economically, socially and environmentally sustainable management of forest resources, and

  •  contribute to conditions of sustainable and multifaceted utilisation of forest resources and to promote ecosystem services in the Barents region.

The key principle of BFSN is to facilitate collaboration in flexible and cost-efficient manner. Working methods of the BFSN include:

  • networking, with the aim of exchanging information and preparing joint contributions,

  • group meetings that can be arranged as needed, and

  • identification and carrying out of activities that include, but are not limited, to expert meetings, seminars and projects.

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BFSN meeting in Umeå, June 2018



Staffan Norin (Chair)
Head of the North Region
Swedish Forest Agency
Tel. +46 90158336

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

Kristina Nilson (Deputy Chairmanship Coordinator)  
Senior Adviser 
Swedish Forest Agency
Tel. +46 95253954

Camilla Widmark (Forest Forum Coordinator)
Senior researcher 
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Tel: +46 907868596


Mr. Vladimir Dmitriev (Country Representative)
Head of the Department of Science and Advanced Development
Federal Forestry Agency

Ms. Victoria Zubkova (Focal Point)
Chief specialist, Department of Protocol
FSBI “Roslesinforg”

Ms. Maria Sokolenko  (Focal Point)
Deputy Head of analytical unit, Department of Protocol
FSBI “Roslesinforg”
Tel: +7 916 609 53 89

Ms. Natalia Demidova (Focal Point)
Deputy Director
Northern Research Institute of Forestry 
Tel: +7 8182 612679


Sanna Paanukoski 
Senior Specialist, Preparedness Secretary
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Tel: +358 295162449

Pasi Poikonen
Research Scientist
Natural Resources Institute Finland
Tel: +358 295325188


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

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