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[Agroforestry] IUFRO 2014 World Congress technical session on biodiversity and high-value timber species

Sheila Ward via ag-forst%40net.bio.net (by mahoganyforthefuture from gmail.com)
Sun Sep 29 14:10:55 EST 2013

Dear Ag-Forest -

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Thank you very much.

Sheila Ward


IUFRO 2014 World Congress technical session on biodiversity and high-value
timber species

Dear Colleagues:

The XXIV World Congress of the International Union of Forest Research
Organizations (IUFRO) will be held October 5-11, 2014 at Salt Lake City,
Utah, USA. The Congress title is =93Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People:
The Role of Research=94.

Please consider submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation
for the Technical Session #219 =96 How does biodiversity help to manage
high-value timbers and vice versa?

Organizers: Sheila Ward (Mahogany for the Future, Inc, Puerto Rico),
Emmanuel Opuni-Frimpong (Forest Research Institute of Ghana), & Nicholas
Brokaw (University of Puerto Rico)

mahoganyforthefuture from gmail.com; eofrimpon from csir-forig.org.gh;
nvbrokaw from ites.upr.edu

*This session will explore diverse means by which a biodiverse environment
positively impacts management of high-value timber species, and,
conversely, how management for high-value species helps conserve

Conservation of biodiversity and management for high-value timber species
can seem a contradiction. Nevertheless, the demand for these timbers will
remain high, as well as an increasing need and demand for management to
conserve biodiversity. Needed are ways forward to integrate these
management objectives. Management of high-value timber species may help
conserve both the target species and the biodiversity of the forests they
inhabit. Conversely, biodiversity may contribute to the health of
individual trees and populations of high-value species.

We aim for a global scope, including tropical and temperate high-value
timbers. Presentations might address: biodiversity and protection of
high-value species from pests and pathogens, the role of plantations in
biodiversity conservation, biodiversity for plantation health, enrichment
planting with high value species to maintain biodiversity via intact forest
instead of land use change, high-value species and the maintenance of
intact forests, use of high value species for habitat rehabilitation and
restoration of biodiversity, or high-value plantations as a means to
reestablish biodiversity, among other topics. How might more land area
devoted to high-value timber in natural forest as well as plantations may
help maintain biodiversity and associated ecosystem services? Conversely,
how might more intact ecosystems, as indicated by biodiversity, may help in
the sustainable production of high-value species?

If this is of interest, can you let me know by October 5? Guidelines and
the page for abstract submission can be found at
http://iufro2014.com/scientific-program/abstract-submissions/. Abstracts
will be accepted until October 15, 2013. Information on the Congress can be
found at http://iufro2014.com. See you in Salt Lake City!


Sheila Ward

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