Dear Colleagues,

Global environmental change poses complex challenges to our continued demand for ecosystem services. Where forestry in the past focused on the production of a few commodities, the threat of global environmental change demands that we adopt a new paradigm of forest management that combines past knowledge with innovative management planning strategies that consider a full range of projected ecosystem responses, and resilience to unanticipated factors.

The challenge of restoring ecosystem processes while safeguarding ecosystem services in a balanced mosaic landscape demands a global dialogue on innovative methodologies. Therefore, the Estonian University of Life Sciences is proud to announce the conference Forest landscape mosaics: disturbance, restoration and management at times of global change, August 11.–14. 2014 in Tartu, Estonia. Conference webpage is available

The conference aims to bring together scientists, practitioners, policymakers and other experts to share experiences with disturbance management, and evaluate past, present and future application and implementation of research findings from the scientific community. Major themes of the conference relate to the preservation and sustainable use of forests as natural resources in the face of global environmental change. This conference will also address how global environmental change and political decisions, alter natural and human disturbances. 

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Please find the online version of abstract book here!


Keynote Speakers

Kaisa Junninen, Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services, Finland



  • Forest restoration: complexity challenges

W. Keith K MoserUSDA Forest Service, USA



  • Future forest composition and the importance of disturbance assumptions

Ekaterina ShorovaEkaterina ShorohovaFinnish Forest Research Institute (METLA), Finland; Saint Petersburg State Forest Technical University, Russia

  • Primeval forest and natural dynamics

SugitaShinya Sugita, Tallinn University, Estonia



  • Forest vegetation change during Holocene: climate and humans
Sylvie Gauthier, Canadian Forest Service, Canada





  • Forest disturbances and ecosystem management strategies in a climate change context

Kalev Jõgiste, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia




  • Management of disturbance legacies in forest ecosystems of the hemiboreal zone