Workshop in Northern Sweden: meeting foresters and reindeer herders to anchor our model in reality

Three members of TESS (Juliette Picard, Sarah Cogos and Samuel Roturier) just came back from fieldwork near Piteå, Sweden. They met professionals of forestry management and reindeer husbandry in order to set realistic values and mechanisms in the model built to study the effects of different scenarios including prescribed-burning to forest management on the lichen resource (see the 20th of August post). Three reindeer herders where present, reflecting with two foresters, a forest ecology researcher and us on the issues of lichen pastures evolution over time in a forest exploitation context. The goal was to understand Sami herding knowledge and practices, and to validate the correct translation of commercial forestry practices in the boreal forest to take them correctly into account in the model. As we could expect, reality is much more complex than a computer model.

However the discussion enabled a deeper understanding of the interactions between ecological processes and husbandry practices that will now be better incorporated for modeling. This workshop was part of the FATE project (Belmont Forum and Biodiversa joint call BiodivScen on “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services”).

Exercise during the workshop on October 1, 2019, with forest managers and Sami reindeer herders in Piteå, northern Sweden.

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