Session 2.2 Beyond Forestry: Knowledge Practices for Sustainable Landscapes with Trees


Ida Wallin, Chair of Forest and Environmental policy, University of Freiburg
Jens Friis Lund, Department of Food and Resource Economics (IFRO), University of Copenhagen

TA: Louisa



Despite participatory efforts and visions of more democratic and sustainable forestry, local communities and knowledge holders continue to be over-looked in forest-related decision-making. Without scrutinizing the ethical and political aspects of knowledge claims by technical branches in society, participatory efforts are going to repeat previous mistakes and fail to accomplish meaningful interaction between actors. In order to find out how to have meaningful participation and interaction between actors we thus first need to critically evaluate the current forestry knowledge practices. In this panel discussion, we focus on knowledge practices as key in individuals’ and societies’ interactions with forests, and in the reproduction and naturalization of authority within forestry. We examine historical and current knowledge practices and discuss pathways towards open and pluralistic knowledge practices in forestry.


10.30-10.40 Arriving + Short introduction/provocation – What is wrong with current forestry knowledge practices?

10.40-11.30 Presentations

  1. Sam Staddon: Recognising and Resisting Injustice: Knowledge Practices Amongst Nepal’s Forestry Professionals 
  2. Bettina Joa: Decision Making in Tree Selection – Contemplating Conflicting Goals via Marteloscope Exercises
  3. Ronja Mikoleit: Making up the forest: Everyday knowledge practices in integrative public forest management in Germany
  4.  Ida Wallin: Transformative Roleplaying for Sustainable Landscapes: Fostering Essential Knowledge Practices among Forestry Students
  5. Teppo Hujala: Towards More Inclusive Participation: Deepening Human–Forest Relationship with Arts-Based Methods

11.30-12.00 Joint discussion:

 – Beyond forestry – what is the future of forestry knowledge?
 – How to accomplish more open and pluralistic knowledge practices in forestry?