Please note the deadline has been extended for the following until June 15
On behalf of IUFRO, International Society of Tropical Foresters, and The Society of American Foresters, we would like to invite you and your colleagues to contribute to the IUFRO World Congress session T3.23 in Stockholm, Sweden, 23-29 June 2024, "Resilience of Forest Biodiversity to Climate Change and Pests: Civic Engagement and Conservation in Seed Banks, Public Gardens, and Wild, Urban, and Agroforestry Landscapes" - if you have already submitted an abstract to this session, please disregard.
Please submit your abstracts for this session by Thursday, June 15 on a topic of your choice related to the theme; also, please forward this to interested parties! This session will have talks, flash talks, posters, and hopefully a panel discussion as well. You can have multiple submissions from the same institution.
Link to submit: https://www.appinconf.com/kas/Abstract?projectName=iufro2024abstracts
Jill Wagner, Geoff Williams, Denita Hadziabdic-Guerry, Sean Hoban, Lara Salido
Abstract submission instructions
SESSION: (Search for the session of interest)
TITLE: Spell out words, do not use abbreviations. The title or text is not to indicate the country of origin, unless it is pertinent to the topic.
AUTHORS: Names and surnames for each author must be provided. Do not include degrees or titles. The presenting author's name will be published in bold.
AFFILITATIONS: Each author should be listed by University/Hospital, Department and Country. Please make sure to include this complete information in the Affiliation text box.
TEXT: The abstract must be in English and should be a maximum of 300 words, excluding the title. It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract; any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be published as typed by the author, if accepted. Poor English may be a cause for rejection. The Programme Committee will accept abstracts for the Scientific Programme (oral or poster presentation) on scientific merit.
To conserve biodiversity, multiple approaches can be taken on the ground. This mini-symposium (Panel, Flash-talks & Posters) represents experts who focus on complementary aspects of conservation and reforestation; threat assessment, seed collecting and banking from wild trees, collective action and civic engagement, the roles of public gardens in conserving genetic resources, developing genetic resistance to pests to conserve biodiversity, and the importance of conserving genetic diversity in the face of pests and climate change.
Seed is the unit by which biodiversity is propagated, and therefore, protected. There is ever increasing pollination disruption with shifting local climate conditions and more fragmented and degraded native ecosystems. As forests and genetic diversity are lost, so are mother trees for seed collection, in a time when people want to greatly scale reforestation efforts. In addition to potential declines in seed crops, global trade, biodiversity loss, and fragmentation increase the threat of emergent insect and pathogen outbreaks, resulting in local or range-wide extinction of iconic tree species. Therefore, there is a global need for threat assessments, seed collection and banking of native tree species.
In the context of the above challenges and solutions, public gardens and arboreta are critical to the resilience of forests and society. In addition to acting as living collections, seed sources, and refugia of tree species, public gardens serve as biodiversity hotspots in cities, and meeting places for public and volunteer conservation efforts and outreach. As sentinels, trees in public gardens can be used to proactively detect emergent disease threats. Through collective action, exchange of information, public engagement, and local expert knowledge, "think global, act local" could be applied to aid proactive efforts to protect forest biodiversity from the next major pests across the world. Local experts and civic ecologists can accomplish this by collecting seed and observing trees in native environments, plantations, public gardens, and urban forests. Breeding or human-directed genetic improvement presents a practical solution for restoration of species that are impacted by emergent pest epidemics, climate change, or other threats. The utility of breeding to protect biodiversity also depends on the prior establishments of seed banks and other germplasm resources. It is critical to generate a prior understanding of the diversity of populations of tree species valued for their ecological, horticultural, or economic and commercial characteristics, the observed or potential effects of threats to those populations, and the role diversity could play in recovery of species.
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In case you are planning to participate in the XXVI IUFRO World Congress in
Stockholm, Sweden in 23-29 June 2024, please consider whether you would
like to contribute to the session “*Never waste pandemics: lessons learned
from past **forest disease** outbreaks”.*
The session includes 15-minute talks plus questions and posters;
submissions are still open at:
*Abstracts will be accepted until 2 June 2023.*
*Never waste pandemics: lessons learned from past **forest disease*
Disturbances, whether abiotic or biotic in nature, are integral and
necessary components of forest ecosystems. However, anthropogenic pressures
and climate changes have contributed to the erosion of forest ecosystem
resilience, frequently to a degree that the tipping point has been
breached, this causing devastating consequences across landscapes,
countries and even continents. With globalization and changes in climate
patterns, both natural and planted forests are at risk from invasive exotic
pathogens, which are exacerbated by extended drought cycles, extreme
precipitation events and air pollution. As an example, owing to the scale
of pandemic destruction, Ash dieback, Dutch Elm Disease, Chestnut Blight,
along with White Pine Blister Rust, are, so far, among the most
catastrophic biotic disturbances in forest. The list of devastating
disturbances is long and novel drivers will keep arising in the globalized
world due to ongoing climate warming. Experience so far tells that it is
less costly to conserve nature than it is to restore it, so it is
imperative we learn from experience to protect forests now.
Our future relies on maintaining the ecosystem services provided by forest.
The ongoing transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to a biobased
economy is driven by the need to combat climate change, to protect the
environment and to increase sustainability. This means we aim to meet the
needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future
generations to meet their needs. When governmental roadmaps towards more
carbon-neutral economies are drafted, the focus, concerning forests, is
often only on the increase of forested area and management practices that
facilitate forest growth. The underlying assumption is that forests are
healthy and in different phases of growth, a demography that allows the
balancing needed between carbon sequestration and a continuous flow of the
biogenic material needed. However, pest and pathogen outbreaks, as history
has shown, can severely disrupt our ambitions.
In this session, we welcome presentations that address how the underlying
ecological, societal as well as institutional and political drivers have
contributed to the rise and scale of specific disturbances. We hope to
highlight assessments of currently implemented strategies considering the
lessons learned from past pandemic crises. Similarly, we hope to outline
management and policy options that are not yet in force or which have not
yet attained that are not yet in place or not yet as but that would be
needed to successfully prevent and/or to circumvent future pandemic crises.
Keywords: Biotic, Climate Change, Disturbances, Resilience, Socio-ecology
Dr. Ari M. Hietala, Department of Fungal Plant Pathology in Forestry,
Agriculture, and Horticulture, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
(NIBIO), Innocamp Steinkjer, Steinkjer, Norway. - ari.hietala(a)nibio.no
Dr. Nicola La Porta, IASMA Research and Innovation Centre, Edmund Mach
Foundation, Trento, Italy. - The EFI Project Centre on Mountain Forests
(MOUNTFOR), Trento, Italy. - nicola.laporta(a)fmach.it
Nicola La Porta and Ari Hietala