Please consider submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation
for the IUFRO 2014 World Congress Session #219 – How does biodiversity help
to manage high-value timbers and vice versa?
Organizers: Sheila Ward (Mahogany for the Future, Inc, Puerto Rico),
Emmanuel Opuni-Frimpong (Forest Research Institute of Ghana), & Nicholas
Brokaw (University of Puerto Rico)
*This session will explore diverse means by which a biodiverse environment
positively impacts management of high-value timber species, and,
conversely, how management for high-value species helps conserve
Conservation of biodiversity and management for high-value timber species
can seem a contradiction. Nevertheless, the demand for these timbers will
remain high, as well as an increasing need and demand for management to
conserve biodiversity. Needed are ways forward to integrate these
management objectives. Management of high-value timber species may help
conserve both the target species and the biodiversity of the forests they
inhabit. Conversely, biodiversity may contribute to the health of
individual trees and populations of high-value species.
We aim for a global scope, including tropical and temperate high-value
timbers. Presentations might address: biodiversity and protection of
high-value species from pests and pathogens, the role of plantations in
biodiversity conservation, biodiversity for plantation health, enrichment
planting with high value species to maintain biodiversity via intact forest
instead of land use change, high-value species and the maintenance of
intact forests, use of high value species for habitat rehabilitation and
restoration of biodiversity, or high-value plantations as a means to
reestablish biodiversity, among other topics. How might more land area
devoted to high-value timber in natural forest as well as plantations may
help maintain biodiversity and associated ecosystem services? Conversely,
how might more intact ecosystems, as indicated by biodiversity, may help in
the sustainable production of high-value species?
If this is of interest, can you let me know by October 3? Guidelines and
the page for abstract submission can be found at
2014 IUFRO World Congress Call for Abstracts is Open – Deadline for Abstract Submissions is 15 October 2013 – submit your abstract at: <http://iufro2014.com/scientific-program/abstract-submissions/> http://iufro2014.com/scientific-program/abstract-submissions/.
The title of the Congress is "Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research" and the seven scientific themes of the program are: Forests and People, Forests and Climate Change, Forest and Water Interactions, Forest Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Forest Biomass and Bioenergy, Forest Products for a Greener Future, and Forest Health in a Changing World. Sessions will address these themes and more!
Keynote speakers include: Dr. Jack Dangermond (founder and President of ESRI GIS systems – Knowledge Discovery, Synthesis and Application: the Science-Management Interface) & Dr. David Haskell (Professor of Biology, University of the South - Knowledge Discovery, Synthesis and Application: the Science-Management Interface); Dr. Andy Buchanan (Professor of Timber Design at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand - Modern Timber Buildings from Sustainable Forests); Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch (Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, University of Copenhagen - City Forests, Forest Cities – exploring the complex liaison between the sylvan and the urban); Dr. David Newbery (Professor for Vegetation Ecology, the Institute of Plant Sciences, University of Bern, Switzerland - On maintaining cycles and feedbacks in tropical forest ecosystems: some thoughts from basic research) and, Connie Hedegaard, to be confirmed (European Commissioner for Climate Action). Plus many more exciting and knowledgeable sub-plenary and technical session speakers.
Submit your abstract today to be part of this unique and exciting event!
The IUFRO 2014 Congress Scientific Committee
John Parrotta (Chair); Jens Peter Skovsgaard (Division 1); Yousry El-Kassaby (Division 2); Hans Heinimann (Division 3); Ron McRoberts (Division 4); Andrew Wong (Division 5); Tuija Sievänen (Division 6); Tod Ramsfield (Division 7); Alain Franc (Division 8); Jim Johnson (Division 9); Mike Wingfield (Vice-President, Divisions); Su See Lee (Vice-President, Task Forces, Special Programmes, Projects and IUFRO-led Initiatives); Lisa Hansen (International Forestry Students Association); Richard Guldin (ex-officio; COC Chair)