Enhancing community resilience

Lisa Langer
Lisa Langer  from Scion, New Zealand, will be speaking on a seminar about “Enhancing community resilience: Scion social fire research in New Zealand” on the 10th of October at the Forestry Auditorium from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisbon, Portugal.

Forest management planning in Slovakia

Forest management Slovakia

Andrea Majlingova from Technical University Zvolen, Slovakia, will be speaking on a seminar about “Forest management planning in Slovakia with advanced decision support tools” on the 27th of October at the Forestry Auditorium from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Lisbon, Portugal.

Abstract of the Seminar provided by Andrea Majlingova  :

“Forests serve a multitude of purposes and address many different, often conflicting, goals to satisfy the needs of forest owners and users, forest industry, and society at large. This poses considerable challenges to forest managers. The need for enhanced forest decision support systems (DSSs) is evident in several EU documents related to the future role of European forests. Forest DSSs allow the forest managers to use the advanced decision support tools, such as expert and knowledge based systems, multi-criteria techniques as well as communication and visualization tools. The experience with developing and applying forest DSSs for forest management provides a solid foundation for technological innovation and collaboration between partner institutions. “

European Forest Sector Outlook Study II

European Forest Sector OutlookThe European Forest Sector Outlook Study II (EFSOS II), made by UNECE /FAO, identifies possible scenarios for the future of European forests. It addresses and discusses demanding challenges through scenario analysis. A reference scenario and four policy scenarios have been prepared modelling trends in the European forest sector up to 2030, to illustrate the possible long-term consequences of policy choices.

This Study covers the EU 27, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, provides pictures of the consequences of today’s policy choices for the forest of tomorrow. “Policy makers do have choices to make. We trust this study will help them to make the best informed decision for the future of European forests”, said Paola Deda, Chief of the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section, in presenting this study.

The European Forest Sector Outlook Study II is available at the UNECE website where it can be downloaded.

Green Infrastructures for Biodiversity

Infrastructures biodiversity

The 4th edition of the Biodiversity Forum has the topic “The Infrastructures for Biodiversity”. It has the colaboration from Portuguese Association of Greenways (APCV) and the Portuguese Association of Natural Engineering (APENA). The venue will be held in the Estoril Congress Center between the 28th of September and the 1st October. This edition has the following objectives:

- To debate the importance of Greenways, as fundamental infrastructures for biodiversity, at local and regional landscape scales;
- To celebrate 2011 as the World Year of Forests as it was recommended at international level by the United Nations;
- To discuss the best ideas that can contribute to sustainability and to a better environment.

The Infrastructures for Biodiversity will be organized in following sessions:

  • Session 1 – Greenways and Forests
  • Session 2 – Greenways and Soft Mobility
  • Session 3 – Greenways and Rural Landscape
  • Session 4 – Greenways and Urban Environment
  • Session 5 – Greenways and Bioengineering

For more details about The Infrastructures for Biodiversity you are welcome to look at the programme.

Plantations in Tomorrow’s Forests

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. In Portugal several innitiaves have been hapenning such as the  International Conference, to be held on 19 September in Lisbon, on “Plantations in Tomorrow’s Forests”. This event will be bring individuals and speakers from around the world, aiming to promote sustainability of the forestry sector, the effective management of forest resources and the role of plantations. More details can be found in the Conference’s Programme.

Second World Cork Congress

The Second World Cork Congress will be happening on 30th of September in Lisbon, Portugal. For all of those interested in such important non-wood forest Product (NWFP) this Congress will be a must. It will be in organised in four sections:

  • Session 1: Forest, production and sustainability
  • Session 2: Cork Stoppers – a decade ofcontinuous evolution
  • Session 3: Cork – construction, architectural and design materials
  • Session 4: Cork stoppers – keeping up the momentum

Registrations to the 2nd Cork World Congress will be accepted until the 24th of Setember: Registration Form. More details about the programme are available: Programme