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XXIII IUFRO World Congress

23-28 August 2010 | Seoul, Republic of Korea
 
Highlights for Wednesday, 25 August 2010
 
Daily web highlights

IUFRO delegates with the IUFRO Congress mascot mixing a giant serving of "Bibimbap".
Photo courtesy of Reem Hajjar.
 
IUFRO XXIII World CongressOn Wednesday, participants dug deep into technical issues following a plenary keynote speech by José Joaquín Campos Arce, Director General of Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE). The day continued with three sub-plenaries on forest genetic resources, forest monitoring for climate change, and forest biomass utilization. Thirty-nine technical sessions met, covering all nine Congress themes, along with multiple side and business events, as well as the final official poster session.
Plenary Session
 
   
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José Joaquín Campos Arce, CATIE presented on integrating scales and sectors to foster sustainable livelihood, landscapes and forests.
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John Parrotta, US Forest Service, moderated the plenary session.
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José Joaquín Campos Arce, CATIE, accepting a token of appreciation from IUFRO President Don Koo Lee.
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Sub-Plenary Sessions
Conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources
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Kyu-Suk Kang, Korea Forest Research Institute, reviewed the history and aims of tree breeding in the Republic of Korea.
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Dag Lindgren, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, discussed the implications of climate change for seed orchard operations in Sweden.
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Yongqi Zheng, Chinese Academy of Forestry, detailed the role forest genetic resources can play in ensuring species and ecosystems are adaptable and resilient in the face of changing climate conditions.
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IUFRO Directors Forum: forest monitoring in times of climate change
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Mette Loyche Wilkie, Mette Loyche Wilkie, FAO, highlighted the enormous data gaps which researchers for FAO’s Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2010 faced.
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Ben Chikamei, Kenya Forestry Research Institute, highlighting that complicated monitoring and application procedures hinder expansion of CDM and REDD activities in Africa.
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L-R: Panel members representing different geographical perspectives include Mette Loyche Wilkie, FAO; Ben Chikamei, Kenya Forestry Research Institute; Peter Mayer, IUFRO; José Joaquín Campos Arce, CATIE; Joon Hwan Shin, Korea Forest Research Institute; Klaus-Hermann von Wilpert, Forest Research Institute Baden-Wüttemberg, Germany; George Foster, US Forest Service.
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Forest biomass utilization for bio-energy: technology, economics and environment
 
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Xueyong Ren, Beijing Forestry University, explains fast pyrolysis for the production of biochar, bio-oil, and combustible gas.
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Deborah Page-Dumroese, Michigan Technological University, encourages greater attention on forest soil health during biomass harvesting.
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Han-Sup Han, Humboldt State University, reviewed the U.S.' efficiency in collecting and transporting forest biomass
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Technical Sessions
Managing Asian bamboo forest in a changing world
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Yueqin Shin, Zhejiang Forestry University, detailed an analysis of economic, employment and income-distribution effects of bamboo in China’s Zhejiang Province.
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Ramasamy Yasodha, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, India, discussed micropropogation methods for bamboo, noting that continued high costs have limited commercial opportunities to date.
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Masaharu Sakai, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Japan, described research on bamboo’s encroachment on Japanese conifer forests.
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To what extent can payments for forest environmental services be pro-poor?
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Stephen Garnett, Charles Darwin University, on behalf of Pham Thu Thuy, discussing findings of a pro-poor payments for ecosystem services case study in Vietnam.
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Lisa Petheram, Charles Darwin University, sharing lessons from community participation on design of payments for ecosystem services near a Vietnamese national park.
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Terry Sunderland, CIFOR, moderated the session.
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Advances in forest pest surveillance and monitoring
 
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Wonhoon Lee, Korea Forest Research Institute, reported the work of his research team in the construction of a Korean Forest insect pest DNA barcode database.
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Olle Anderbrant, Lund University, describes insect pheromone traps for forest pest control.
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Zhen Zhang, Chinese Academy of Forestry, presented work on detecting and trapping the red turpentine beetle, an alien forest pest.
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Identifying and monitoring old growth forests in boreal, temperate and Mediterranean environments
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Rod J. Keenan, The University of Melbourne, discussed the events leading to Australia’s policies for old growth protection.
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Jan Bannister, University of Freiburg, reviewed his work investigating the development of swamp and upland stands of old growth Pilgerodendron uviferum forests in Patagonia.
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Grant Wardell-Johnson, Curtin University, discussed the conservation of tall open forests in south west and south east Australia, given the pressures of climate change.
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President's Discussion
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The dais during a session of the President's Discussion on forestry education.
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Don Koo Lee, IUFRO President, proposed the creation of an IUFRO e-learning tool and IUFRO Task Force on Forest Education.
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Hosny El Lakany, University of British Colombia, highlighted ideas to reverse trends of declining enrollment in forestry schools and employment after graduation.
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Gerald Steindlegger, WWF, said forestry has to demonstrate it no longer serves an economic sector but an entire landscape, of values and people.
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Photos from the Poster session and around the Congress
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Participant from the Philippines accomodating questions during the poster session.
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Participants posing questions to the poster's author.
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Forest NGOs making souvenir key chains.
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Participants from the Philippines posing with IUFRO mascots.
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Exhibitors from the Museum of Ancient Asian Woodblock Prints, Myeongjoo Temple in Mt. Chiak.
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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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