Swedish-Finnish workshop on spruce bark beetle damages, May 25th 10 AM to 1 PM


There have been vast spruce bark beetle damages in Sweden during the last years. There is an increased probability for the same problems to occur also in Finland. The Preparedness for emerging forest pest risks in Finland (PREPARE) project is funded by the European Union via the Technical Support Instrument and implemented by IBF, Tapio and Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support of the European Commission (DG REFORM). The project goal is to create a contingency plan for the SBB in Finland.

We invite you to participate in our workshop and learn more about the bark beetle epidemic and countermeasures taken in Sweden, together with views on how we could apply the Swedish experiences in Finland. We arrange an online workshop on Wednesday, May 25th 10 am – 1 pm EEST, where the Swedish project “Stop the Beetles” (Stoppa Borrarna) will be presented. The workshop is intended for actors in forestry, researchers, forest owners and others interested in the subject.

The workshop will be arranged as a Teams event and will be held in English. Please sign up on the link below  for the workshop no later than May 20th.

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A Teams link will be sent to those who have registered to attend.

Workshop Programme:

    10:00 Opening, presentation of the PREPARE project
    Risto Päivinen, Tapio

    10:10 Bark beetle situation in Finland
    Markus Melin, LUKE

    • Special attention to inventory and monitoring methods

    10:40 Situation in Sweden part 1: biological considerations
    Jan-Olov Weslien, Skogsforsk

    • What where the long-term and short-term causes of the outbreak in Sweden the outbreak in Sweden?
    • Role of natural predators
    • Role of protected areas

    11:00 Situation in Sweden, part 2: mitigation measures and operational considerations
    Patrik Karlsson, SKS

    • Presentation of the “Stoppa Borrarna” project
    • Responsibilities of different actors in Sweden
    • What have been the major bottlenecks in dealing with the recent outbreak?
    • Lessons learned: could something have been done differently?

    11:20 Commentary: Bark beetle situation in the Åland Islands
    Mats-Johan Flinck, Ålands landskapsregering

    11:30 Break

    11:40 Discussions in small groups (goal: 4-5 groups, depending on attendance), preliminary topics:

    • Is there any way to prepare for logistics and workforce needs during an outbreak?
    • How to make forest owners and professionals more aware of the risks in Finland?
    • Can we enhance natural resilience towards sbb (predators)?
    • How should we develop inventory and monitoring?
    • Protected areas

    12:20 Findings of the groups

    12:50 Closing remarks
    Risto Päivinen and Henry Schneider, Tapio

    13:00 End of workshop

    • Varpu Kuutti
    • Metsänhoidon asiantuntija
    • varpu.kuutti(at)tapio.fi
    • +358 29 432 6052
    • Henry Schneider
    • Metsätietoasiantuntija
    • henry.schneider(at)tapio.fi
    • +358 29 432 6004

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