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XXIII IUFRO World Congress

23-28 August 2010 | Seoul, Republic of Korea
 
Highlights for Saturday, 28 August 2010
 
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IUFRO President Don Koo Lee thanked IUFRO Board at the close of the meeting.
 
IUFRO XXIII World CongressThe XXIII IUFRO World Congress met for the final time on Saturday in Seoul, Republic of Korea. In plenary, participants heard an impassioned keynote address by Peter Shaw Ashton, Harvard University, on the “disastrous trajectory for the rain forests.” Fifteen technical sessions met as well, along with three sub-plenaries covering IUFRO’s priorities for 2010-2014, forest biodiversity, and decentralization and forest livelihoods in a globalized world. A beautiful video montage and vocal accompaniment began the closing ceremony, which included numerous speeches including those of incoming IUFRO President Niels Elers Koch, and closing words from outgoing president Don Koo Lee.
Plenary Session
 
   
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Peter Shaw Ashton, Harvard University, drew on decades of experience in South East Asia to expound on the trajectory of tropical rainforests.
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Peter Shaw Ashton receiving a token of appreciation from IUFRO President Don Koo Lee.
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Plenary Chair Su See Lee, Forest Research Institute Malaysia, introduced the Keynote speaker, Peter Shaw Ashton, Harvard University, detailing his long and acclaimed career of work on tropical forests.
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Sub-Plenary Sessions
An honest conversation about decentralization and forest livelihoods in a globalized world
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S. Denise Allen, University of British Columbia (UBC), discussed the challenges facing First Nations communities in British Columbia, Canada, with a particular focus on the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.
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Monika Singh, UBC, drawing on two case studies, compared the experiences of community forests in India and Canada.
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Reem Hajjar, UBC, presented findings from her research on community forests in Brazil and Mexico.
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L-R: UBC's Joleen Timko; Juan Chen; Reem Hajjar; S. Denise Allen; and Monika Singh.
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Panelists with moderator Carol Colfer, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), field questions from the audience.
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Forest biodiversity - key to healthy and resilient forests
 
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Yusuf Bahtimi, International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA), discussed the impact of invasive species on forest resilience.
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Ian Thompson, Canadian Forest Service, talked about forest biodiversity impacts on resilience to climate change.
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Robert Nasi, CIFOR, described global policy progress on the bushmeat crisis.
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Reading the pulse of forest science - IUFRO priorities 2010-2014
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Dave Cown, Scion-New Zealand Forst Research Institute and coordinator of the IUFRO division on forest products, explaining how his group will begin working more intensively on bioengery from 2010-2014.
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Margarida Tomé, Technical University of Lisbon, coordinator of the IUFRO division on forest modeling and management, said policy makers require defendable, actionable information from researchers.
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Technical Sessions
Energy forests - social impacts and environmental services
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Jennifer Harrison, Newcastle University, speaking about social impacts of Indian and Ugandan bioenergy production.
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Yufang Su, World Agroforesty Center, China, discussed energy challenges in China and analyzed options for developing forest-based energy in China.
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Heru Komarudin, Center for International Forestry Research analyzed the expansion of timber plantations in the Papua region of Indonesia.
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Contribution of political theory to policies for sustainable use of forest resources
 
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Mistuhiro Nose, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Japan, discussed financial constraints and forest productivity.
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Wil De Jong, Kyoto University, presented on "territorialization" in the Bolivian Amazon.
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Bas Arts, Wageningen University, analyzed five policy science theories.
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Dodik Ridho Nurrochmat, Bogor Agricultural University, proposed options for turning green fiscal policy theory into practice in Indonesia.
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Olufunso Somorin, CIFOR, discussed policy discourses for climate change.
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Bruno Salomon Ramamorjisoa, University of Antananarivo, introduced sociocultural institutionalism.
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Closing Plenary
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Jung-Hwan Park, Chair of Congress Organizing Committee, thanked the government of the Republic of Korea, IUFRO, and the Korean Forest Service for their contributions to the XXIII IUFRO World Congress.
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John Parotta, Chair of the IUFRO Congress Scientific Committee, reported on the Seoul Resolution.
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Niels Elers Koch, President elect of IUFRO, introduced the members of the new IUFRO Board.
 
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L-R: Risto Seppälä and Eric Teissier du Cros, received Honorary memberships to IUFRO from IUFRO President Don Koo Lee and Peter Mayer, IUFRO.
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President Don Koo Lee handed over the IUFRO flag to Ann Bartuska, US Forest Service on behalf of Salt Lake City, US, the host of the XXIV IUFRO
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Bartuska invited participants to Salt Lake City for the XXIV IUFRO World Congress in 2014.
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IUFRO President Don Koo Lee delivered closing remarks, expressing appreciation to all the participants for their contribution to the success of the Congress, and closed the Congress at 5:15pm.
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Snapshots from IUFRO XXII
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Korean musician and actress Lee Tae Won entertained participants during the closing plenary of XXIII IUFRO World Congress.
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L-R: IUFRO participants Rahmawaty, Indonesia; Nuzhat Qazi, India and Eny Farridah, Indonesia posed for a picture by the entrance to the exhibition hall.
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IUFRO participants Adejoke Akinyele, Nigeria, and Lucy Ammisah, Ghana, exchanging contact details.
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IUFRO participants from the Philippines.
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L-R: Olubukola Oyerinde, Nigeria; Olufunso Somorin, Cameroon; Adejoke Akinyele, Nigeria
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L-R: Victor Fenandez, Sweden; Ernesto Uetimane Junior, Mozambique and Parveen Velmi, India
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IUFRO participants from IFSA.
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Korea Forest Service exhibition booth.
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IUFRO exhibition booth.
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L-R: ENB writers Liz Willetts; Kunbao Xia; Aaron Leopold; and Graeme Auld with IUFRO mascots.
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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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