A delegation of "Ente Foreste" of Sardinia will participate in the meeting of the XIII World Forestry Congress: “Forests in Development, Vital Balance” that is held in Buenos Aires city, Argentina, through October 18 to October 23, 2009. It is organized by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) and the government of the Argentine Republic. The purpose of this event, of the highest international level within the specialty, is to diagnose the general situation of the forests and forestry sector, so as to recognize trends, adapt policies and raise awareness among the groups involved and interested in the forestry sector. The first World Forestry Congress was held in Rome in 1926 and, since then, it has been held generally every six years. Considering the WFC held in Argentina in 1972 in Buenos Aires, Argentina is the only country to have been venue twice. Throughout the Congress scientific, academic meetings will be held, fostering an interchange of viewpoints and experiences amongst the different players of the international forestry community. The participants that attend the Congress independently from around the world are also welcome to submit papers or posters which communicate new ideas and provide information about experiences, conceptual models and interesting initiatives. The papers will be published in the Congress Minutes and in the official web page. A trade fair within the premises of La Rural de Palermo will take place during WFC 2009, there will be stands in all sizes and participants will have the possibility of travelling, once the congress in finished, to the most important forestry regions of the country.
1. Forests and biodiversity
1.1 State of the forests and assessment techniques
State of the forests at national or regional levels.
Models of growth and yield, inventories.
Remote sensing and other techniques
1.2 Deforestation and forest fragmentation
Deforestation rates. Deforestation by forest type.
Causes for deforestation and forest degradation; economic strategies to reduce deforestation
Sector responses, new products and services.
Fragmentation and habitat loss. Connectivity models.
Restoration, deforestation and desertification.
1.3 Restoration and rehabilitation of forest ecosystems
Reforestation with native species.
Restoration experiences and models, biodiversity recovery.
1.4 Contribution of biodiversity
Resilience, stability, productivity and other essential functions.
Economic aspects and benefit sharing.
1.5 Management for the conservation of forests
Management strategies in protected areas. Trends.
Conservation for development.
Management practices of flora and fauna.
Protected areas and community development.
Impact of herbivores on the forests conservation and sustainability.
1.6 Wildlife associated with forests
Illegal trade and derived products
Management practices for wildlife
Relations between wildlife and communities (wild meat, conflicts)
Breeding of wild animals
Hunting tourism and its effects on forests
1.7 Genetic diversity
Genetic variation in relation to use.
Variation and environmental gradients or evolutive processes.
Conservation of variation and its strategic use.
Strategies for conservation and management of genetic diversity.
2. Producing for development
2.1 Forest management and dynamics
Forest structure and dynamics.
Management techniques and their ecological and economic influence.
Use of a larger number of species in high diversity forests.
2.2 Planted forests
Importance of planted forests
Planted forests and their multiple relations with native forests
Trends and perspectives (global and regional) for planted forests
Impact of planted forests (water, soils, efficiency in the use of resources, landscapes,
Monospecific and multi-use planted forests
Productivity and efficiency in the use of resources
Establishment and management techniques
2.3 Agroforestry systems
Agroforestry and silvopastoral systems.
Relations between its components. Economic, ecological, political, social and cultural influences.
Management systems and use.
2.4 Maintenance and increase of productive capacity of forests
Genetic improvement including genetic modification.
Soils conservation (fertility, adequate use).
2.5 Forests and energy
Fuelwood production and use.
Impacts over ecosystems.
Externalities in bioenergy production.
Policies and planning.
2.6 Forest utilization practices
Low impact logging.
Engineering and transport.
2.7 Non-wood forest products
State and perspectives of NWFP.
2.8 Trees outside forests and other wooded land
Evaluation of trees outside forests.
Social and economic importance.
3. Forests in the service of people
3.1 Forests and water
Influence of forests on water quality and quantity
Integrated watershed management
Forests, water and soil stability.
3.2 Forests and climate change
Ecosystems adaptation to climate change.
Climate change mitigation. Opportunities and constraints.
Reduction of emissions from deforestation.
Forest products as carbon sinks.
Other consequences of climate change.
3.3 Tourism and recreation
Forest management caring for scenic value
Impact of tourism on forests and other related areas
Development opportunities for local communities
3.4 Urban and peri-urban forests
Impact on energetic balance.
Public health (pollution, noise, recreation).
Planning and management techniques.
3.5 Mountain forests and livelihoods
Quality products from mountain
Balancing innovation and tradition for fighting poverty and hunger
The value chain approach
The socio-economic and environmental implications
3.6 Valuation of environmental services and benefit sharing
Innovative financial mechanisms for forest conservation and management.
Valuation and payment for environmental services
4. Caring for our forests
4.1 Forests and fire
Fire as a natural disturbance.
Predictive models of fire.
Fire and climate change
4.2 Invasive species, pests and diseases
Exotic species and invasion
Integrated pest management
Economic impact of pests
Invasions, health and climate change
4.3 Other disturbances
Floods, earthquakes, eruptions, hurricanes, landslides, others
5. Development opportunities
5.1 Sustainability and economic viability
Economic viability of SFM and determining aspects.
Financial risks, evaluation and management possibilities.
Forest finance and investment frameworks.
5.2 Industry and forest development
Articulation of the forest chain.
Development of forest clusters.
Innovative technologies and products.
Enabling conditions for development.
5.3 Small and medium scale forest enterprises
Integration in the production chain.
Access to credit. Micro-financing.
Networks and support platforms.
5.4 Forest products trade
Trade trends and perspectives.
5.5 Forest certification
Positive and negative impacts of forest certification
Impact of certification on sustainability
Credibility and perspectives
5.6 Forests and poverty alleviation
Socioeconomic impact of the forest sector.
6. Organizing forest development
6.1 International dialogue and processes and their impact
Influence on national and regional policies
Impact of international agreements over the forestry sector
Processes of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management.
Usefulness, convergence and divergence
6.2 Instruments for forest planning and development
Optimization, simulation and analytical techniques and other tools
The forestry sector within development policies
6.3 Institutional settings, law compliance and good governance
Adequacy and institutional strength for development.
Illegal harvesting and trade.
Impacts of decentralization processes.
6.4 Research, extension and education
Investment in research, contribution of the public and private sectors
Contribution to the development of the forestry sector
Efficiency and development of forest extension
Knowledge integration in formal education
6.5 Intersectoral policies and influences
Policy development at the intersectoral level.
Articulation in legal and political processes.
6.6 Contribution of the forest sector to national and local economies
Aspects regarding the forest sector contribution to the GDP.
Forest development and employment generation.
Forest-based rural development.
Contribution of the forest sector to trade. Trends.
6.7 Forest information
Information services, libraries and networks.
7. People and forests in harmony
7.1 Land tenure
Land tenure regimes and its impact over forest management
Mediation in the natural resources management
7.2 Indigenous people, communities and institutions
Traditional knowledge, social, cultural and spiritual values
Territorial rights of indigenous people. National and international standards
Natural resources management models
7.3 Participatory management and processes
Participatory forest management
7.4 Work in the forestry sector
7.5 Gender and forestry
Gender mainstreaming in forestry
Forest policy and gender
Data resources and information on gender