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IUFRO World Congress

The International Union of Forest Research Organisations is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists, which promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees. Every four or five years, IUFRO organizes a World Congress in a different country. This year, the congress takes place in Seoul, Korea, and is co-organised by the Korea Forest Research Institute. Over 2700 participants from international organizations, governments, academia, the private sector and civil society have come together to discuss a variety of subjects. The congress lasts from the 23rd until the 28th of August.

The congress of this year has various themes, including: ‘Forests and Climate Change,’ ‘Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable use of Forest Resource,’ ‘Forest Environmental Services,’ ‘Forests, Communities and Cultures,’ and ‘Forests, Human Health and Environmental Security.’

One of our own members, Michael Kleine, has facilitated one of the discussions held so far. He brought our attention to two discussions in particular, which are closely linked to FLR. These discussions were about ‘rehabilitating degraded forests in Asia,’ and ‘innovative approaches to forest ecosystem restoration.’ Besides these two, another debate was held on the question 'To what Extent can Payments for Forest Environmental Services (PES) be Pro-Poor?'

In three separate discussions, you can read a short report on each session, taken from the daily web coverage of the congress by the International Institute for Sustainable Development, IISD. These discussions can be found through the direct links above, and here.
In these discussion threads, you can also comment on these reports. The full coverage of the congress can be found on this website.

Lee Myung-Bak, President of the Republic of Korea, giving his opening address (picture from IISD)

Now the Congress has ended, a summary report has been published by the IISD. For those of you who are interested, you can read it here. Summary Report IUFRO Congress.pdf

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