Research

The Human-Forest Relationship in Societal Change 2019–2022 research project

The human-forest relationship indicates what the forest means to us. Our relationship with the forest (our values, decisions, actions) affects both us and our environment. Finns’ relationships with the forest are changing. Research increases our understanding of different types of human-forest relationships and their impact on individuals, society and the future.

The Human-Forest Relationship in Societal Change research project: 1) produces knowledge about the human-forest relationships present in society and assessments of their future prospects; 2) enhances recognition of different kinds of relationships with the forest; and 3) collects data on the current state of and processes of change of Finnish forest relationships.

The research project consists of three subprojects, which study the forest relationships of forest and nature professionals, forest owners, and forestry institutions. The project also assesses the future prospects of forest relationships.

The research project is funded by Metsämiesten Säätiö Foundation.