Posted by: Landscape Ecology Working Group | August 20, 2013

IUFRO WC 2014 – Call for Abstracts

2014worldcongressXXIV IUFRO World Congress: “Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research”

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: October 5-11, 2014


Call to submit abstracts to the two following sessions organized by our WP. Please note that submissions need to be done via the Congress abstract submission system by 15 October 2013. But if you have an interest to participate in our sessions please contact the session organizers (see contacts below for each session).

IUFRO WP Technical sessions:

Congress Theme: Forest Health in a Changing World

Session title: “Forest health in changing landscapes: The roles of landscape patterns” (Session number: 184)
Organizers: Kurt Riitters (U.S. Forest Service) & Peter Vogt (European Commission Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability)
This session is focused on the mitigation of forest health impacts induced by climate change through manipulation of landscape patterns.
Format: Oral presentations, 15-20 minutes.

Abstract: It is generally recognized that land use change and climate change are the primary drivers of forest change. But from the point of view of managing a specific parcel of forest land, an important difference is the characteristic spatial scale of those drivers—climate change is a macro-scale driver and land use is a micro-scale driver. At the same time, land uses are expected to change with climate. That sets up the question posed by this symposium: can landscape patterns be managed to mitigate forest health threats from climate change? If climate change is sudden and dramatic, it is unlikely that land use will be an important factor anywhere. But if climate change is gradual or subtle, it is entirely possible that land use management can be integrated into forest management in order to mitigate or delay the effects of climate change. This symposium will adopt a pattern-oriented perspective to addressing the motivating question. That means presentations must specifically relate to how changing forest and landscape spatial patterns are measured and how knowledge of those changes are used in case studies of forest management.

Kurt Riitters US Forest Service: riitters<at>
Peter Vogt JRC, Italy: peter.vogt<at>

Congress Theme: Forests for People

Session title: “The benefits of introducing the ecosystem service concept in forest management and planning at different spatial scales” (Session number: 59)
Organizers: Sandra Luque (IRSTEA, France) & Christine Fürst (ZEF Uni Bonn, Germany)
This session will examine how the distribution of ecosystem services and their monetary and non-monetary values can be influenced by changing scenarios (land use, climate) at different spatial scales, and the development of methodologies for mapping indicators that can be directly related to environmental policies assessments.
Format: Oral presentations, 15 minutes

Abstract: This session aims at linking ecosystems to human well being through the flow of services from natural capital to society as well as through institutional and socio‐economic feedback to ecosystems. It will combine mapping of ecosystem services with scenario analyses and economic valuation across a range of scales. We are interested for presentations that tackle forest related ecosystem services on the bases of case studies and theoretical frameworks that can provide a holistic view at different spatial scales to test and further develop methodologies for mapping indicators that can be directly related to environmental policies assessments. It is particularly important, to provide examples worldwide in order to grant different insights on the spatial explicit distribution of ecosystem services and how they can be influenced by changing scenarios (land use, climate) and its relation with monetary and non‐monetary value. Methods for quantifying and monitoring forest biodiversity and ecosystem services, the impact of land use change, and drivers of forest biodiversity loss are at the heart of this sesión.

Sandra Luque: sandra.luque<at>
Christine Fürst. cfuerst<at>

Speakers are invited to address several key issues:
1. Methods and models to optimise land‐use for the allocation and management of existing and new forest lands at the landscape scale.
2. Innovative probabilistic scenarios representing the current state and future evolution of policy and economic framework conditions.
3. Provide examples on how adaptive forest management can provide insights and offer incentives to traditional silvicultural practices.
4. Provide case study examples on how multiple land‐uses and forest management strategies might change in response to uncertain future drivers.
5. Provide examples on how ownership structure of forests has a strong influence on the implementation of adaptation strategies.
6. Provide examples how to make regional stakeholders and actors participate in forest management planning and in allocating new forests at landscape scale.
7. Provide examples how to combine forestry and agroforestry schemes at landscape scale to enhance ecosystem services provision.

With this symposium, we intend to present some key approaches on how to introduce the ecosystem services concept in forest management planning, decisions and planning processes at regional scale within the framework of a landscape ecology holistic vision.
Speakers for this session will be invited from the different networks and groups that are coordinated or linked to the organizers of this symposium in order to enhance synergy with other internal and external groups of the IUFRO community. This session is an effort from IUFRO8.01.02 Forest Landscape Ecology Working Party in association with ESP (Ecosystem Service partnership), ELI (European Land Institute) and IALE‐IUFRO working Group.