Akordi X Puistokatu4: Sustainability Changes in Forests – Identifying Common Metrics

Discussions about the sustainability of forest use are more topical than ever. However, they lack a shared understanding of what sustainability is and how it can be measured. A collaborative Argumenta project aimed to address this knowledge gap and develop a shared knowledge base. To this end, Akordi facilitated a series of interactions between Jyväskylä University and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). In 2021, during the first phase of the project [Finnish], participants shared their various perspectives and expertise in a group setting. These discussions led to a shared understanding of the problems being addressed and a research assignment for the group of researchers. In 2022, researchers worked on developing a common view of the main criteria for sustainability and useful indicators for measuring sustainability changes. The results of this work, including a list of proposed criteria, indicators, and metrics, were published in the Forest Science Journal in December 2022 [Finnish].

Attached to the article is the file with a list of proposed criteria, indicators, and metrics [Finnish].

The results were presented in a live broadcast from Puistokatu4 on January 11, 2023, 10:00 to 12:00.

Link to the video recording: https://youtu.be/FLBLj4k1B6Y

This event is part of the Argumenta project funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Towards Understanding Sustainability Changes in Forest Use.

Presentations can be downloaded for each speaker (Finnish).


10:00 Opening by Jonna Kangasoja, Akordi

10:10 Researchers’ presentations

Panu Halme, Jyväskylä University, Why do we need a common understanding of sustainability metrics?

Annika Kangas, Luke, Characteristics of functional indicators and metrics

Atte Komonen, Jyväskylä University, Main criteria for sustainability

5 min break

11:00 Commentaries

Riikka Paloniemi, SYKE

Matleena Kniivilä, LUKE

Joona Lehtomäki, Ministry of the Environment

Erno Järvinen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

12:00 Live broadcast from Puistokatu ends












Past Events:

Part 4/4: Does collaborative water impact monitoring involving the local community increase the accountability of mining companies and the transparency of information? (November 28)

Part 3/4: Where can the Conflicts of the Green Transition be resolved? (September 12)

Part 2/4: Case of Wind Power in Reindeer Herding Areas (March 28)