The activities of the Working Party (Division 8.01.02 of IUFRO) created in 1991 are directed toward bridging the gap between the theory of landscape ecology and its application to managing forest resources.


Big thanks to former WP coordinators:

Thomas Crow (1991-2004)
Jiquan Chen (2004 – 2012)


To promote and facilitate the application of landscape ecology concepts in practical management activities wherever forests exist in the world.

To encourage communication and interaction among scientists with an interest in landscape ecology and forestry.

Providing a forum for:

1. Facilitating the exchange of ideas of a holistic vision of forests
2. Creating and maintaining personal contacts
3. Promoting the dissemination of research results
4. Encouraging cooperation with international organizations (e.g., IALE, FAO, IUCN, UNESCO, ESP)
5. Summoning periodic meetings
6. Recognizing outstanding scientific and practical contributions
7. Supporting the teaching of landscape ecology in institutions of higher learning


Landscape ecology is the study of the structure and function of dynamic, heterogeneous landscapes. Landscapes are comprised of multiple and interacting ecosystems that can exist at various spatial scales, but typically are considered at a kilometers-wide extent.


As landscape ecology advances to face new challenges in resource management and conservation, there is an urgent need to consolidate this knowledge into working models and applications. Cross-disciplinary/cultural backgrounds are required in order to devise a more realistic and relevant foundation for guiding management. Landscape ecology is the ‘common language’ facilitating the transfer of concepts to practitioners and the dissemination of research findings to policy makers or even the general public. The demand for input and guiding principles from landscape ecologists to resource management decision at all scales is indeed very high. Forest resources are within this context, as they constitute fundamental parts of our living landscape. Thus, forestry was the first major field to recognize the importance of landscape ecology, and today foresters widely known, use, and even develop landscape ecology principles based on practical experience. Landscape ecology is an exciting field for researchers and managers together. In this sense, landscape ecology is viewed as the nexus of ecology, resource management, and land use planning.

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