Now the report of the All Division 9 conference is posted on our website
(you can find it as well below). Soon there will be as well pictures from
Let me take the chance and say once more great thanks to the organizers,
hosts, students, presenters, supporters and all the active participants!!!
It was great!
Let's make use of the spirit and keep active.
With sincerest regards
All Division 9 conference, Sarajevo 8-11 May 2012-05-16
The first IUFRO all Division 9 conference has been held in Sarajevo from
8-11 May this year. The conference has been hosted by the Faculty of
Forestry at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina and has
been supported by the Forest Policy and Economics Education and Research
(FOPER) project, the IUFRO Special Programme for Developing Countries (SPDC)
and the USDA Forest Service.
The first all Division 9 conference was held back to back with the "IUFRO
Directors Forum", the research group within IUFRO where deans and directors
of forest research institutions meet and discuss issues around the
management of forest research, motivating a vivid exchange of information
and experiences between directors and deans of forest research organizations
and scientists and other members of Division 9.
The conference has been a tremendous success. 170 participants from 52
countries all over the world participated in a conference not only perfectly
organized but as well mirroring the great hospitality of the conference host
in every detail. In this context a special thanks to the Dean of the Faculty
Faruk Mekić and Mersudin Avdibegovic, who was the local responsible
The program included plenary as well as concurrent sessions. In the plenary
sessions general issues concerning Division 9 have been approached, e.g. on
social science in IUFRO and forest research or the global forest governance
research agenda. The first plenary session provided an overview of six of
the seven research groups of Division 9 and the majority of the 21 working
parties, presenting results, activities but as well the visions for the
future. This introduction has been highly valuable for a fist all Division 9
conference to introduce the groups, the members, the visions and to identify
opportunities of intradivisional collaboration. It became obvious that
social sciences gain increasing awareness and becomea more and more
important field in forest research activities.
The concurrent sessions have been organized by different research groups and
working parties. A specific focus of the conference was given by two groups
organizing six sessions each: The research group 9.03.00 Forest History and
traditional knowledge represented by Mauro Agnoletti and a joint research
group 9.05.00 and the working party 9.05. 01 organizing sessions around the
topic of assessing governance in a context of change represented by Gerard
Buttoud. Beyond sessions have been held covering the diversity of Division
9, e.g. on communication, information, policy integration, extension and
economic and legal perspectives. This diversity not only including research
but as well practitioners on communication and legal aspects has been
identified as a major strength of the Division 9.
The conference has been not only been used to exchange knowledge and
strengthen collaboration but as well to identify future pathways for
Division 9, e.g. the options for active participation in the IUFRO World
Congress 2014. Inspired by the high added value given by the participation
of FOPER students in the conference, the recruitment of young scientists as
officeholders in Division 9 has been identified as priority for the next
Daniela Kleinschmit, Margaret Shannon and Konstantin von Teuffel
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Unit of Forest Policy
PO Box 7008, SE-75007 Uppsala
Visiting address: Vallvägen 9C
Phone: +46 18 672493
daniela.kleinschmit(a)slu.se, <http://www.slu.se/> www.slu.se
Invitation to join on-going Rio+20 Dialogue on Forests
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Task Force Coordinator of IUFRO Task Force "International Forest Governance
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies