The forest sector is an important part of the economic, social and environmental development in the Barents region. The aim of the BFSN is to promote sustainable management and utilization of forest resources and ecosystem services in line with The Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests as well as the Paris Agreement, to follow and timely contribute to BEAC activities, to advocate a balanced and coherent view on forests as well as on products and services they provide.
The scope of the network is, to follow and timely contribute to initiatives that are related to forests and the forest sector in the Barents region, to share relevant information and, when needed, to launch and implement activities with a view to promoting the priority areas of BFSN.
The key principle of BFSN is to facilitate collaboration in flexible and cost-efficient manner. Participants are expected to actively be engaged in the work of the BFSN.
BFSN meeting in Umeå, June 2018
The BFSN strives to increase the interaction with Barents working groups and strengthen cooperation, when appropriate and relevant to the BFSN objectives, with other organizations, forums and platforms. By this, the BFSN aims to find synergies as well as to strengthen the cooperation between regional actors in the member countries. The BFSN will also contribute to raise the profile of the Barents region forestry at the international level.
Activities of the BFSN facilitate knowledge transfer and sharing on scientific results and best practices.
Norway holds the chairmanship for both the Barents Euro-Arctic Council and BFSN for 2019-2021. The chairmanship priorities can be found in this presentation.
Barents Forest Forum
Barents Forest Forum is a cooperation platform for stakeholders in the forest sector situated in the Barents region. Proceedings from the 2019 Forum can be found by following this link >>
See information on previous conferences:
Terje Hoel (Chair)
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
Tel: +47 95216167
Knut Øistad (Coordinator/Focal Point)
Head of Research - Division of Forest and Forest Resources
Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
Tel: +47 90537767
Senior Adviser / International Coordinator
Swedish Forest Agency
Tel. +46 54555721
Swedish Forest Agency
Tel. +46 95253954
Rosario Garcia Gil
Vice Dean for Internationalization
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Tel: +46 730962240
Mr. Vladimir Dmitriev (Country Representative)
Head of the Department of Science and Advanced Development
Federal Forestry Agency
Ms. Maria Sokolenko (Focal Point)
Deputy Head of analytical unit, Department of Protocol
Tel: +7 916 609 53 89
Ms. Natalia Demidova (Focal Point)
Northern Research Institute of Forestry
Tel: +7 8182 612679
Senior Specialist, Preparedness Secretary
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Tel: +358 295162449
Natural Resources Institute Finland
Tel: +358 295325188