This week the world’s leading scientists, researchers and practitioners of forest sciences and related disciplines are gathering in Salt Lake City, Utah for the 24th International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) World Congress. The Congress offers a scientific program of presentation and poster sessions including a number from the International Model Forest Network (IMFN).
IMFN members have made valuable research contributions to forest ecology, management, and biodiversity during the last 20 years. Research is an integral element of the Model Forest approach as basic and applied research allows MF stakeholders to find new solutions to the challenges and opportunities they discover on the landscape.
There are four presentations on Model Forest themes:
- Participatory forest governance in IberoAmerica: Social and political impacts of the Model Forest approach, Josique Lorenzo Lemire, Costa Rica, October 7, 08:00 to 10:30.
- Landscape sustainability in Sweden, Canada and Chile in an ecosystem services context, Mark Johnston, Canada, October 7, 08:00 to 10:30.
- Stretching community-based ecosystem management to protect Indigenous livelihoods: The Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation and the Prince Albert Model Forest, Sarah Welter, Canada, October 9, 13:30 to 15:00.
- Eco-agriculture, green rural economy and sustainable governance of the forests in the Congo Basin, Jean Claude Stone Njomkap, Cameroon, October 11, 08:00 to 10:30.
There are also four Model Forest themed posters being presented at IUFRO:
- Efficiency in Development Cooperation: the experience of the Ibero-American Model Forest Network and its Model Forests, Ronnie De Camino, Costa Rica
- Local Team Leadership for Sustainable Development: The Case of the Model Forests of the Ibero-American Network, Ronnie De Camino, Costa Rica
- Reaching out: The role of Argentine Model Forests in the implementation of the federal forest policy, Monica Gabay, Argentina
- Forest research institutions and Caçador Model Forest: integrating local knowledge and scientific approaches to enhance rural livelihoods in Southern Brazil, Maria Augusta Rosot, Brazil
IUFRO is the global network for forest science cooperation. It unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 member organizations in more than 110 countries. The IUFRO World Congress is held every four to five years. Congress organizers are hoping attendees will leave invigorated in their efforts to enhance understanding of the ecological, economic, and social aspects of forests and trees and to disseminate this information around the world.