07 September 2015 - 11 September 2015
Durban, South Africa
IIASA's Ecosystems Services and Management Program will organize two side events and will contribute to a third side event under the Future Forests Project at this year's World Forestry Congress in South Africa. The congress focuses on policy problems and solutions, as well as the role of forests in sustainable development.
IIASA has a long history of research in forestry, bringing an international, interdisciplinary, and holistic view to the study of forests and land use change. At this year's congress, the first to take place in Africa, interconnections and international cooperation lie at the center of focus. Recent IIASA research has shed light on climate change and forest fires in Europe, future challenges for boreal forests, and the forestry sector in Scandinavia. At the same time IIASA researchers are developing new methods for mapping forest cover and land use change, using data from citizen scientists.
Focus: The event focuses on the role of SSC within the forestry sector and the inter-connected issues of food security and climate change mitigation. Besides an overview of historical SSC success stories, the session discusses various lessons learned from past and present SSC initiatives. This session provides a forum for exchange among ongoing SSC projects in the training, education, science and policy sectors and will enhance planned SSC within forestry. The collaborative integration of all stake holders and a fluid transfer of local or regional development achievements is key for future SSC success at the economic, environmental and political level.
Future Forests- Exploring integrated solutions on multiple challenges:
The challenge: the future of forests is increasingly linked to mega trends. These include demographic and social change, shifting economic power, and an increase in energy consumption all placing growing demands on natural resources including forests. Climate change will also have large impact on forests, but forests may at the same time hold solutions to mitigate climate change while replacing fossil energy. To meet these complex and interlinked challenges, future governance models need to balance and prioritize among stakeholder needs, from global to local levels, and support learning amongst actors about institutional interactions that promotes legitimate, effective and cross-sectorial solutions.
No north without south, no south without north: the urgent need for an integrated view on global forests:
The Earth system is an integral entity comprising a multitude of interconnected components. Forests of each biome impact the Earth system and vice versa. Important system interdependencies, e.g. with respect to climate, are often neglected in national and international actions and hence call for a holistic and integrated view on the all global forests. This event will present the risks and challenges global forests face, their system interconnectivities and mutual impacts. Issues discussed will range from deforestation in the tropics to impacts of climate change on forests on permafrost, and from problems of transition to sustainable forest management (SFM) to rising conflicts for land.
|Session background papers and session presentation|
|Tropical Forests: Current state, Key Pressures and Possible Measures||Lalisa A Duguma, Alexandre X Ywata Carvalho, Peter A Minang, Aline C Soterroni, Marina G Pena, Fernando M Ramos, Gilberto Câmara|
|Carbon Science Economics Convergence Research for Mid-Latitude Ecotone||W.K. Lee (Korea University, BK21+ ELEC, Republic of Korea), A. Shvidenko (IIASA, Austria), F. Kraxner (IIASA, Austria), Y. Son (Korea University, Republic of Korea), S.W. Jeon (Korea University, Republic of Korea), J.Y. Moon (Korea University, Republic of Korea)|
|Challenges and opportunities of the temperate forest in the context of global climate policy||Shuirong Wu (CAF, China), Yeheng Jiang (CAF, China), Shirong Liu (CAF, China), F. Kraxner(IIASA, Austria), A. Shvidenko (IIASA, Austria)|
|Challenges and risks in the boreal domain||A. Shvidenko (IIASA, Russia), W.A. Kurz (Canada), P.Y. Bernier (Canada), F. Kraxner (IIASA, Austria), D. Schepaschenko (IIASA, Russia), S. Gauthier (Canada), T. Kuuluvainen (Finland), A. Onuchin (Russia), A. Shishikin (Russia)|
|The urgent need for an integrated view on global forests||Full set of presentations by speakers listed.|
FAO World Forestry Congress 2015
In 2015 the Congress will be a key occasion for the world’s foresters and forest supporters to gather, to share their expertise and experience, and to project a new vision for the future. This XIV Congress will be crucial as the world will be entering a new development era with the adoption of the post-2015 sustainable development goals. The Congress will be the first global forestry event after this, and it can therefore play a pivotal role in helping to define a sustainable roadmap.
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