Natural disturbance emulation in forest conservation and sustainable ecosystem management
Convened by: Timo Kuuluvainen, Kalev Jõgiste, Matti Koivula
Natural disturbance emulation (NDE) has been proposed as a general approach to forest conservation and ecosystem management. The purpose of this symposium is to review the concepts, theories, and current multidisciplinary research related to NDE and its use in forest conservation and ecosystem-based management. Key topics to be addressed include (1) experiences in using NDE principles in forest management for nature conservation, (2) current state of research on natural disturbance regimes in forests, both natural and human induced, and their ecological impacts; (3) validity of this information in conservation in a changing climate, (4) multidisciplinary research with integration of socioeconomic aspects, adaptive management schemes, and (5) international collaboration possibilities into NDE initiatives.