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Joensuu to host Int´l Moose Symposium this year

Published : 05 Feb 2020, 00:49

Updated : 05 Feb 2020, 10:31

  DF Report

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This year, for the very first time, the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and University of Eastern Finland (UEF) will organise the International Moose Symposium in Finland, announced Luke in a press release.

Since the Quebec meeting of 1973, the International Moose Symposium has brought together researchers and practitioners from across the northern hemisphere to discuss and present the latest research and news on one of the most iconic northern ungulate moose.

The City of Joensuu of North Karelia, a district characterised by thousands of lakes and forests will be the venue for the symposium.

Moose has a significant effect on the society across its range. On the one hand, it is a valuable game species, but on the other, it can cause significant traffic and forestry damage. It is also a keystone species affecting vegetation and its regeneration through heavy browsing, not to mention that moose and their calves are also the main preys of many boreal carnivores. This event tackles all of the mentioned issues as well as other topical ones.

The event is open to anyone interested in current research around moose, as well as to those who want to learn about the modern, state-of-the-art research methodologies (that are not restricted merely to moose).

“Participants will also be pampered by our excellent social programme, including a field trip and an optional post-conference tour that will introduce the true beauty of Lakeland Finland,” said Markus Melin, a member of the symposium organising committee.