XXVI World Congress on Forest Science is Underway!
Nearly 4,000 scientists and experts from more than 105 countries have convened for the 24th IUFRO World Congress & SAF/CIF Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA this week (5-11th October) to share their research and discuss the leading issues facing the world’s forests.
Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research is the theme of the Congress, and it will be carried throughout the 168 sessions happening this week. The Conference is the largest global scientific conference on forests and it is organized by
the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and hosted by the U.S. Forest Service in cooperation with the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs (NAUFRP) in the USA, the Society of American Foresters (SAF),
and the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF/IFC).
“Forests and trees play a critical role in the sustainable development of human societies worldwide. The 24th IUFRO World Congress takes place one year before a new United Nation’s post‐2015 development agenda will be launched and the Sustainable
Development Goals come into effect. Forests and their appropriate management are crucial to achieving these goals, and for this endeavor we need the best available knowledge and a solid base of scientific forest data”, says John Parrotta, IUFRO Officeholder and Chair of the Congress Scientific Committee. There will be more than 1,200 oral presentations and nearly as many poster presentations in five plenary, 19 sub‐plenary, and over 170 technical and poster sessions during the Congress.
“Approaches on how to manage forests for the provision of a multitude of goods and services have to consider research from various fields such as biophysical, social, economic, and political sciences. The most important role of IUFRO is to connect people from different scientific disciplines and from different regions of the world, in order to exchange knowledge and learn from each other”, says Niels Elers Koch, President of IUFRO, the only worldwide organization devoted to forest research and related sciences.
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