Outcome and next steps

Together we managed to distill the knowledge and expertise of renown and early-career scientists, to synthesize these into clear key messages and discuss them with experts from policy, the private sector and civil society in the science-stakeholder dialogues.

With the introduction of the term “Cool Forests” and through the vivid scientific discussions and stakeholder dialogues, the conference has successfully contributed to a sweeping exchange of experience and scientific knowledge between boreal and mountain forests.

Please have a look at our short Conference Report.

What’s next

The results of this process will inform a Cool Forests policy brief we have already started to work on. It is planned to publish the Cool Forests policy brief by the end of 2018 and distribute it widely.

Stay tuned for the upcoming conference outcomes!

Cool Forests special peer-review issue in Forests by MDPI:
Further to individual publications, we are organizing and collecting scientific articles from this conference for peer-review in a special issue of the Forests journal by MDPI (Impact Factor: 1.956 (2017)).

If you would like to make a contribution to the scientific literature, please feel free to submit your manuscript directly to the special issue. See upcoming announcement at:


Note that the special issue is also opent to non-participants who would like to publish on the Cool Forests topic.

Support the initiative – become a Cool Forest Ambassador!

Did you already sign-up to become a Cool Forest Ambassador? It is not too late yet, the initiative goes on! Sign up here

Opportunities to stay in touch

We will inform you here about upcoming events in the future!

We will have a session on Cool Forests and related topics at XXV IUFRO World Congress 2019 in Curitiba, Brazil; 29 September – 5 October 2019.
If you are, or a colleague of yours is interested to contribute, you are cordially invited to spread the word and submit an abstract to the Cool Forests session in Curitiba.

For submitting an abstract to the Cool Forests Session, authors should indicate session no. “B8b “Climate Change and Cool Forests: Challenges of Transition to Sustainable Forest Management”. Please submit your abstract on the conference website: http://iufro2019.com/

Deadline: Abstracts will be accepted until 31 December 2018, but authors are encouraged to submit abstracts as early as practicable.
Notification: Authors will be advised if their presentation is accepted by the end of February 2019. Early advice of abstract acceptance is possible if requested (e.g., for funding applications)


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