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XXIII IUFRO World Congress

23-28 August 2010 | Seoul, Republic of Korea
 
Highlights for Tuesday, 24 August 2010
 
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IUFRO theme banners prominently displayed in the exhibition hall.
 
IUFRO XXIII World CongressOn Tuesday, participants continued discussing forestry issues of every hue, beginning with a keynote speech by Frances Seymour, the Director-General, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in the main plenary on past and future challenges of forest research. The day continued with three sub-plenaries on urban forests, the next generation of forest research, and forests and climate mitigation. Additionally, 38 technical sessions met, covering all nine Congress themes, along with multiple side and business events, as well as the first of two official poster sessions.
Plenary Session
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Frances Seymour, CIFOR, giving the keynote speech on past and future challenges facing forest research.
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Niels Elers Koch, Forest and Landscape, Denmark, chaired the plenary session.
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Participants listening to the keynote speech.
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Sub-Plenary Sessions
Can forestry and forest sector activities contribute to mitigating climate change?
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Frank Werner, independent consultant, discussed how to optimize the wood value chain.
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Reid Miner, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, US, explained that carbon stocks are increasing where sustainable forest management is practiced.
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Promoting urban forest services in partnership between scientists and communities
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Jay Bolthouse, University of Tokyo, reported on a trend in Japan of forest management as a leisure activity.
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Kjell Nilsson, University of Copenhagen, talked about the challenges and consequences of urbanization in Europe and China.
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The panel on urban forestry discusses differences in urban forest management needs in developed and developing countries. L-R: Michelle Gautier, FAO; Kjell Nilsson, University of Copenhagen, David Nowak, and Jay Bolthouse, University of Tokyo.
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Chair and panelist Cecil Konijnendijk, University of Copenhagen, talked about trends affecting urban forestry.
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IUFRO award winners - the next generation
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Feng'e Yang received an IUFRO award from Michaël Rivoire, International Forestry Students' Association, France.
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Jiali Jiang, received an IUFRO award from Su See Lee, IUFRO.
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Tnah Lee Hong, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, explained her research on developing a DNA database designed to help stop illegal logging.
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Marco Contreras, University of Montana, talking about the optimization procedure he used to determine least-cost and environmentally friendly routes for transporting wood from harvest areas.
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Marieka Gryzenhout, University of Pretoria-FABI, South Africa, described her taxonomic evaluation of an important group of tree pathogens.
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Winners of IUFRO’s Student Award for Excellence in Forest Science and Outstanding Doctoral Research participated in a panel discussion on their motivations, challenges and experiences in conducting their research projects.
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Technical Sessions
Biodiversity and climate change: direct and indirect linkages in adaptation and mitigtion
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Eckehard Brockerhoff, New Zealand Forest Research Institute, highlighted the value of mixed forest stands in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts.
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David Flaspohler, Michigan Technological University, examined different models for intensive forest management.
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Md. Danesh Miah, University of Chittagong, explains that carbon credits from afforestation/reforestation activities invite the introduction of alien species.
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Participants heard presentations on linkages between biodiversity and climate change.
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Jean Michel Carnus, National Institute for Animal Research, France, co-moderated the session.
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Challenges and issues of forest management and utilization in Asian countries
 
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Shirong Liu, Chinese Academy of Forestry Sciences, discussed China’s forest resources, legislation, production and trade.
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Dar-Hsiung Wang, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, discussed the history of Japanese cedar plantations in Taiwan and current proposals to remove them.
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Ho Sang Kang, Seoul National University, described an ecotourism training programme developed by the School of Environment Conservation and Ecotourism Management in Indonesia.
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Innovative approaches to forest restoration
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Arno Thomaes, Research Institute for Nature and Forest, Belgium, discussed a research project examining tree species as “ecosystem engineers” for restoration.
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Coert Geldenhuys, University of Stellenbosch, explained an approach to forest rehabilitation that emulates natural disturbance regimes and recognizes the value of secondary forests.
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Keiko Nagashima, Kyushu University, presented the findings of a study that investigated abandoned plantation clearcut sites in Japan on vegetation recovery process.
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Innovative approaches to forest restoration
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Nor Azah Mohamad Ali, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, discussed her institute’s work on bioprospecting for lotions and creams, anti-inflammatory agents and mosquito repellants.
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Tatsuya Kushida, NalaPro Technologies, explains the biochemistry of flavonoids, metabolic substances obtained from tree bark.
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Photos from the Congress
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Participants from the Philippines
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Michael Kleine, IUFRO, in a discussion with congress participants.
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Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO, with participants from Cambodia.
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Participants using the internet lounge at the poster exhibition hall.
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Participants looking at posters submitted to the IUFRO Congress.
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A representative from the Korea Green Promotion Agency (KGPA) with participants from Nigeria.
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Volunteers from the KGPA.
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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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