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.
Geoff Williams, PhD
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