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IUFRO 2017

IUFRO 2017 – Silva – New Generation Plantations Perspective on Open Forestry

IUFRO 2017 - Silva - New Generation Plantations Perspective on Open Forestry
Luis Neves Silva from WWF discussed how forests are an integral part of people’s lives, and the benefits of the Open Forestry framework.

IUFRO 2017 – Garfinkel – Open Science View of a Technology Sharing Framework

IUFRO 2017 - Garfinkel - Open Science View of a Technology Sharing Framework
Michele Garfinkel of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) presented on the global shift towards open science frameworks in a variety of fields. She discussed the need for continued governance with institutional flexibility.

IUFRO 2017 – Potter – Detecting Spatial Patterns in Fine-Scale Health Data

IUFRO 2017 - Potter - Detecting Spatial Patterns in Fine-Scale Health Data
Geographic analysis of fine-scale forest health data can help identify locations of forest health concern, but it is a challenge to present this information in ways that are relevant for policy and management decisions. Here is an approach to identify locations where forest threats occur at greater or lower frequencies than expected by chance.

IUFRO 2017 – Einstein – Forest Information Communication Strategies

IUFRO 2017 - Einstein - Forest Information Communication Strategies
Why we need to communicate effectively. How science and scientists have an important part to play. How and why we often get it wrong. How to do well, effectively. 10 points of good communication and a discussion with "Einstein" on how to communicate effectively. Pts: 1. Political will 2. Capacity to communicate well (people) 3. Resources ($) 4. Strategy (have one) 5. Aims and objectives (specifics) 6. Solid evidence 7. Understand your stakeholders 8. Form partnerships 9. Be imaginative & creative 10. Persevere.

IUFRO 2017 – Seguin – Soil Microbiome Biology for Healthy Forests

IUFRO 2017 - Seguin - Soil Microbiome Biology for Healthy Forests
Armand Seguin is using NexGen sequencing and metabarcoding to look at the soil microbiome in a Canadian forest area infected with Hemlock looper. Mycorrhizal networks are instrumental in bringing back soil diversity. armand.seguin@canada.ca

IUFRO 2017 – Luis Neves Silva – Sustainable Planted Forests for A Greener Future

IUFRO 2017 - Luis Neves Silva - Sustainable Planted Forests for A Greener Future
From UN Sustainable Development Goals, to the Bonn Challenge and other forest growth goals, there is a global understanding that we need to expand forest areas. It is estimated that plantations reduce logging from natural forests by ~25%. Now the task is to robustly verify this link through monitoring and additional research. New Generation Plantations is taking on this effort with stakeholders and IUFRO Planted Forest Task Group.

IUFRO 2017 – Hulbert – Citizen Science Initiatives for Forest Pest Challenges

IUFRO 2017 - Hulbert - Citizen Science Initiatives for Forest Pest Challenges
Local forest pest invasions can become global problems when they jump continents. The world needs more than single country strategies to address invasive species. Citizen science is a tool that works locally but needs to expand and connect globally. joey.hulbert@fabi.up.ac.za

IUFRO 2017 – Veloso de Freitas – Brazil’s National Forest Inventory Initiative and Progress

IUFRO 2017 - Veloso de Freitas - Brazil's National Forest Inventory Initiative and Progress
Brazil is undertaking a complete landuse mapping of the entire country. While some plots in the Amazon are logistically and physically difficult to inventory, the National Forest Inventory (NFI) effort is making great progress after 10 years of work. joberto.freital@florestal.gov.br

IUFRO 2017 – Soterroni – Forest Restoration Strategies in Brazil via the Forest Code

IUFRO 2017 - Soterroni - Forest Restoration Strategies in Brazil via the Forest Code
Restore and reforest 12 Million hectares by 2030 via the Brazilian Forest Code. Under the code 80% of a property in the Amazon needs to be native forests. Offsets and land use sharing and swapping is allowed. Using GLOBIOM model to simulate land use change results of policies based on parameters for climate change, food security, illegal deforestation, etc. soterr@ilasa.as.at

IUFRO 2017 – Schepaschenko – Crowdsourcing Forestry Spatial Information

IUFRO 2017 - Schepaschenko - Crowdsourcing Forestry Spatial Information
Geo-Wiki.org is a set of tools to visualize, gather, and analyze forest landscape information. Allows users to compare maps, layers, and coverage on a range of forest topics such as biomass, plantations, and natural forests. Apps for phones include PhotoQuestGO.