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XXIII IUFRO World Congress

23-28 August 2010 | Seoul, Republic of Korea
 
Highlights for Monday, 23 August 2010
 
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Lee Myung-Bak, President of the Republic of Korea, giving his opening address.
 
IUFRO XXIII World CongressThe XXIII International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress, “Forests for the Future, Sustaining Society and the Environment,” co-organized by IUFRO and the Korea Forest Research Institute, opened on Monday, 23 August in Seoul, Republic of Korea. Over 2700 participants from international organizations, governments, academia, the private sector and civil society, heard an opening speech by the President of the Republic of Korea Lee Myung-Bak. Throughout the day, participants heard discussions on forest research issues in an opening ceremony, plenary, three sub-plenaries, 12 IUFRO business sessions, 19 technical sessions, and poster sessions.
OPENING CEREMONY
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Don Koo Lee, IUFRO President, presented on IUFRO’s work advancing global cooperation on forest science and stressed the importance of the Congress given challenges such as climate change, desertification and poverty. He declared the Congress officially open.
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Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO, discussed forest trends including heightened financial constraints within the sector, growing demands for the economic, ecological and social values of forests, and the central importance of forests in climate mitigation and adaptation.
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Jan McAlpine, Director, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), for Ban Ki-moon, Secretariat General, UN, underscored the integral role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation and said IUFRO plays an essential role in promoting sustainable forest management by fostering collaboration on forest research activities.
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Don Koo Lee, IUFRO President, and Su See Lee, IUFRO, presented the Host Scientific Award to Sung Gak Hong, The National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Korea.
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Don Koo Lee, IUFRO President, and Su See Lee, IUFRO, presented the Scientific Achievement Awards.
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Lee Myung-Bak, President of the Republic of Korea, presented on the Republic of Korea’s work on land and forest restoration, suggesting that its experiences can serve as an example of hot advance green growth.
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Lee Myung-Bak, President of the Republic of Korea.
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Lee Myung-Bak, President of the Republic of Korea (center) alongside IUFRO Congress VIPs. Photo courtesy of IUFRO.
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Children reminding Congress participants that children are the future.
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XXIII IUFRO World Congress opened with the performance of traditional Korean drums.
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Performance of the traditional Korean dance called the "Lotus Flower".
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Opening Plenary
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Ko Un, a famous Korean poet, called for the development of a Human Charter for the Forest declaring to prevent any further atrocities committed against forests after the cumulative crime of forest destruction perpetrated over previous centuries by human avarice.
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Jung-Hwan Park, Republic of Korea, chaired the opening plenary.
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Sub-Plenary Sessions
Biodiversity, climate change and forestry - perspectives of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests
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Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO, discusses REDDES - reducing deforestation and degradation and the enhancement of environmental services in tropical forests.
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Tony Simons, ICRAF, emphasized the growing importance of forestry on the international and academic stage.
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Ahmed Djoghlaf, CBD, lists key expectations for the CBD COP 10 in Nagoya in October 2010.
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Jan McAlpine, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), highlighted the cross-sectoral perspective and discussed the UNFF 360 degree perspective.
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The dais of the sub-plenary session moderated by Peter Mayer, IUFRO Austria (center).
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Forest health in a changing environment
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Andrew Liebhold, US Forest Service, presented on the impacts invasive forest species have on natural, plantation and urban forests.
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Nicola La Porta, Fondazione Edmund Mach Istituto Agrario di San Michele All’Adige, presented on climate change and its role in altering the effects fungal diseases have on forests.
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Keep Asia Green: rehabilitating and restoring forest ecosystem in Asia
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Khosro Sagheb-Talebi, Research Institute of Forests and Rangelands, presented on the forest landscape restoration and rehabilitation activities in West Asia.
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Lucrecio Rebugio, University of the Philippines, presented successful cases and lessons learned on rehabilitating degraded forest lands in Southeast Asia
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Victor Teplyakov, Seoul National University, discussed the Russian Federation’s Far East forest use and rehabilitation, noting efforts on reforestation which have been made.
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Technical Sessions
Economic valuation of forest ecosystem services
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Eduardo H. Ditt, Ecological Research Institute, Brazil, discussing research work valuing the ecosystem services provided by Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.
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Shuirong Wu, Chinese Academy of Forestry, presented a meta-analysis of the valuation of FES in China, highlighting the great variation in FES values and that uncertainty exists for predicting values based on previous studies.
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Income from small holder forestry - can it be a driver of poverty alleviation?
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Kazuhiro Harada, Universiy of Hyogo, Japan, highlighted how small group timber certification can play a role in poverty alleviation in Indonesian smallholder communities by offering: financial support from the group to undertake extraction; income security of certification; halting of illegal logging due to improved income from certified products.
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Aziza Rbibate, Germany, analyzed the Malagasy forest fringe as a basis for developing adaptive incentives in the context of REDD.
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Related Links
IUFRO resources
*IUFRO XXIII World Congress Website
*IUFRO Website

General resources
*UNFCCC REDD Platform
*The Convention on Biological Diversity: Programme on Forests
*FAO Forestry
*United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
*The Collaborative Partnership on Forests

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS archive of forestry meetings and backgrounder
*Global forest policy backgrounder
*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate


change

*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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