1977 …2022

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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

Dr. Markku Kanninen is the professor of Tropical Silviculture and Director of Viikki Natural Resources Institute (VITRI) at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is an expert in tropical forestry, climate change, forest ecology, and forest management. He has published over 350 publications, including over 100 internationally peer-reviewed scientific articles.

He has been involved in tropical forest research for about 40 years. Prior to his current position, he was Director of the Environmental Services and Sustainable Use of Forests Program of CIFOR (2003-2010); Deputy Director General of CATIE (Costa Rica) (1996-2003); and earlier the Director of The Finnish Research Program on Climate Change (1990-1995).

He has been involved in science policy dialogue on forests and climate change for about 30 years, and he has been actively involved in the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1990. He was a Lead Author of the recent IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees. From 2011 to 2019, he was member of the Finnish Climate Panel.

Since 2004, he has been a member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters. He received the Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the IPCC in 2007.

External positions

Seconded Principal Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research

1 Sep 201631 Aug 2017

Seconded Principal Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research

1 Sep 201531 Aug 2016

Director, Environmental Services and Sustainable Use of Forests Program, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

1 Mar 200331 Dec 2010

Deputy Director General and Research Director, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE)

1 Jan 199628 Feb 2003

Project manager, The Finnish Research Program on Climate Change (SILMU), Academy of Finland

1 Mar 199031 Dec 1995

Fields of Science

  • 4112 Forestry
  • Tropical Forests
  • Natural resources
  • 1172 Environmental sciences
  • Climate change
  • Development
  • Environmental Policy
  • Sustainability science

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications

Boswellia and Commiphora Species as a Resource Base for Rural Livelihood Security in the Horn of Africa: A Systematic Review

Hassan, B. A., Glover, E. K., Luukkanen, O., Kanninen, M. & Jamnadass, R., 1 Jul 2019, In : Forests. 10, 7, 15 p., 551.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

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Greening the Dark Side of Chocolate: A Qualitative Assessment to Inform Sustainable Supply Chains

Camargo, M. C., Hogarth, N. J., Pacheco, P., Nhantumbo, I. & Kanninen, M., Mar 2019, In : Environmental Conservation. 46, 1, p. 9-16 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Metsien hakkuiden kasvattaminen ei ole ilmastoteko

Translated title of the contribution: Increasing logging in forests does not advance climate goalsSeppälä, J. & Kanninen, M. T., 2019, In : Talous & yhteiskunta. 47, 1, p. 20-27 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Open Access
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Projects

Activities

Invited speaker: Metsät ja ilmastonmuutos [Forests and climate change]

Markku Kanninen (Speaker)
12 Feb 2020

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

European Research Council (ERC) (External organisation)

Markku Kanninen (Assessment)
May 2020

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in review committee

On the human impacts and governance of large-scale tree plantations

Markku Kanninen (Co-supervisor)
2019

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

Member of PhD Thesis Committee

Markku Kanninen (Supervisor)
2019 → …

Activity: Examination typesMember of doctoral thesis committee / follow-up group

Invited key note: Informe especial del IPCC sobre el calentamiento global de 1.5 °C

Markku Kanninen (Speaker)
6 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk