XIII World Forestry Congress


    ForestsA 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.
    Endangered species.
    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.
    Landscape restoration.

    1.4 Contribution of biodiversity
    Ecologic importance.
    Resilience, stability, productivity and other essential functions.
    Economic aspects and benefit sharing.

    1.5 Management for the conservation of forests
    Protected areas.
    Management strategies in protected areas. Trends.
    Conservation for development.
    Conservation corridors.
    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.
    Adaptive management.
    Management techniques and their ecological and economic influence.
    Use of a larger number of species in high diversity forests.
    Sustainability indicators.

    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
    Sustainability indicators
    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
    Precision management

    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  
    Silvicultural practices
    Genetic improvement including genetic modification.
    Soils conservation (fertility, adequate use).

    2.5 Forests and energy 
    Fuelwood production and use.
    Industrial biofuels.
    Energetic forests.
    Economic aspects.
    Impacts over ecosystems.
    Externalities in bioenergy production.
    Policies and planning.

    2.6 Forest utilization practices
    Harvesting technologies
    Low impact logging.
    Environmental impacts.
    Engineering and transport.
    Residues management

    2.7 Non-wood forest products 
    State and perspectives of NWFP.
    Socio-economic impact.
    Inventory methodologies.
    Traditional uses.

    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.
    Urban aesthetics.
    Public health (pollution, noise, recreation).
    Planning and management techniques.
    Urban-rural relationships.

    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
    Case studies.
    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 management.
    Fire as a natural disturbance.
    Prescriptive fires.
    Fire ecology.
    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.
    Environment-industry relationship.

    5.3 Small and medium scale forest enterprises 
    Socioeconomic impact.
    Integration in the production chain.
    Access to credit. Micro-financing.
    Networks and support platforms.

    5.4 Forest products trade 
    Trade trends and perspectives.
    Trade barriers.

    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
    Forest promotion
    The forestry sector within development policies
    Forestry information

    6.3 Institutional settings, law compliance and good governance 
    Adequacy and institutional strength for development.
    Illegal harvesting and trade.
    Legal coherence.
    Impacts of decentralization processes.
    Legal safeguards.

    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.
    Forest-agriculture interface.
    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.
    Green accounting.
    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.
    Forest terminology.

    Forest communication.

    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
    Conflict prevention
    Negotiation mechanisms

    7.4 Work in the forestry sector 
    Social responsibility

    7.5 Gender and forestry
    Gender mainstreaming in forestry
    Forest policy and gender
    Data resources and information on gender

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