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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 25+ 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. He is member of the Finnish Climate Panel since 2011.

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


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

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

Publications 1977 2019

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

Metsien hakkuiden kasvattaminen ei ole ilmastoteko

Seppälä, J. & Kanninen, M. T., 2019, In : Talous & yhteiskunta. 2019, 1, p. 20-27

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleProfessional

Payments for adding ecosystem carbon are mostly beneficial to biodiversity

Larjavaara, M., Davenport, T. R. B., Gangga, A., Holm, S., Kanninen, M. & Nguyen, D. T., 2019, In : Environmental Research Letters.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Skenaarioanalyysi metsien kehitystä kuvaavien mallien ennusteiden yhtäläisyyksistä ja eroista

Kalliokoski, T., Heinonen, T., Holder, J., Lehtonen, A., Mäkelä, A., Minunno, F., Ollikainen, M., Packalen, T., Peltoniemi, M., Pukkala, T., Salminen, O., Schelhaas, M-J., Seppälä, J., Vauhkonen, J. & Kanninen, M., 2019, Suomen ilmastopaneeli. 88 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

Open Access

Projects 2011 2022

Activities 1985 2019

Member of PhD Thesis Committee

Markku Kanninen (Supervisor)
2019 → …

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

Epäreilu ilmasto [Unfair climate]

Markku Kanninen (Speaker)
21 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Ecosystem services in UPM’s intensively managed plantation landscapes in Uruguay

Markku Kanninen (Supervisor)

Activity: Examination typesSupervision of other thesis (Master's, Licentiate)

World Food Day Seminar 2018

Tino Petri Johansson (Member of organizing committee), Mila Sell (Member of organizing committee), Markku Tapani Kanninen (Member of organizing committee), Sanna-Liisa Taivalmaa (Member of organizing committee)
10 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry (Organisational unit)

Markku Kanninen (Board member)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership or other role in national/international committee, council, board