Using 21st century technology to examine the dynamics
of land use and land cover (LULC) in tropical forests over time, and how those
forests are affected by the changes, will be among the subjects discussed at
the IUFRO World Congress in Brazil shortly.
“The practices, rights and knowledge of
Indigenous Peoples in forestry are being increasingly recognized by national
policies, international treaties and by business arrangements such as
certification,” said Dr. Stephen Wyatt of the School of Forestry at the
University of Moncton in New Brunswick, Canada.
“But,” he said, “actually putting these
into practice is challenging.”
will the Sustainable Development Goals affect forests and people?
Agenda 2030 was launched in 2015, plenty of attention has been paid to the
contributions which forests can make to its 17 Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). However, relatively little attention has been given to the possible
impacts which the SDGs will have on forests, forest ecosystems and people
benefitting from forests, and how this might contribute to, or undermine, the
role forests play in improving human well-being and protecting the environment.
Putting a Halt to Tropical Forest Loss is a
Matter of Human Survival
(Vienna, 9 September 2019) Never before, it seems, have forests received as much public attention as at present. Sadly, the reasons for this are most distressing: forest fires of unprecedented dimensions all over the globe; a growing lack of resistance of trees to stressors such as drought, pests and diseases; and the uncontrolled exploitation of forests in environmentally sensitive areas.
Human needs and our environment continue to change. Because of that, forest management practices, in terms of sustainable forest management (SFM), need to be updated, said Dr. Liu Shirong, Professor of Forest Ecology and Hydrology and President of the Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing, China.
Communication has been defined as the process of passing information
and understanding from one person to another. But, to be effective, the
information passed must be in a language and terminology that the person
or persons receiving it will understand.
How does one decide how to manage a forest ethically?
One could simply say: do the right thing. But, the right thing for whom? And defining right and wrong – concepts that can vary according to moral climate or individual circumstance – is not all that simple.
Because of climate change, forest tree species have
three options. They can adapt, migrate, or extirpate.
“The outcome depends upon the tree species and
population, its genetic variation, its reproductive biology and flowering synchronization,
its migration potential and whether the environments in the areas it can
migrate will be hospitable enough to allow it to survive,” said Dr.
Paraskevi Alizoti of the Laboratory of Forest Genetics and Tree Improvement in
the School of Forestry and Natural Environment at Aristotle University of
Since the 1980s most deforestation globally has occurred in tropical countries – Africa, South America and Asia. The high rate of deforestation and degradation contributes to the disappearance of 13 million hectares of tropical forests each year.