In­sti­tute keep­ing abreast of in­no­va­tion and change

Australian Forests and Timber - - IN THE NEWS -

THE IN­STI­TUTE of Foresters of Aus­tralia Bi­en­nial Con­fer­ence later this year will be themed “Trop­i­cal Forestry: In­no­va­tion and Change in the Asia Pa­cific Re­gion”. This al­limpor­tant gath­er­ing will be held in Cairns from 14-17 Au­gust.

The theme taps into IFA’s broad­ened vi­sion and reach pro­moted by the Foresters with­out Bor­ders Ini­tia­tive and recog­nises the rich his­tory of Aus­tralian Foresters who have con­trib­uted to the de­vel­op­ment of the pro­fes­sional prac­tice of Forestry in South East Asia and the Pa­cific.

“There are few coun­tries in our re­gion that have not been in­flu­enced by forestry lead­ers who have trained in Aus­tralia or Aus­tralian Foresters who have worked in the re­gion,” said Dr Kevin Hard­ing, Chair of the Con­fer­ence Or­gan­is­ing Com­mit­tee.

“The con­fer­ence lo­ca­tion and fo­cus also calls us to fo­cus on North­ern Aus­tralian De­vel­op­ment and how and why forestry should be part of de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives that are can­vassed in the 2015 North­ern Aus­tralia White Pa­per,” he said.

Con­fer­ence ses­sion themes to be de­vel­oped by the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee to fo­cus on forestry is­sues in north­ern Aus­tralia and the trop­ics will in­clude:

• re­gional in­ter­con­nec­tions in man­ag­ing trop­i­cal forests and com­mer­cial trop­i­cal forestry as well as the di­ver­sity of trop­i­cal and sub­trop­i­cal plan­ta­tion species in­clud­ing south­ern pines, Arau­caria, African ma­hogany, san­dal­wood, eu­ca­lypts and aca­cias

• In­dige­nous forestry op­por­tu­ni­ties and North­ern Aus­tralian de­vel­op­ment

• early Sa­vanah burn­ing regimes and car­bon and cli­mate change ini­tia­tives

• con­ser­va­tion man­age­ment in the trop­ics

• min­ing and forestry po­ten­tial syn­er­gies

• biomass en­ergy pro­duc­tion in re­mote (off grid) lo­ca­tions

• pro­cess­ing and in­dus­try de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

Ses­sions for the con­fer­ence are de­signed to present and dis­cuss chal­lenges and pro­vide a plat­form to launch new hori­zons for the forestry pro­fes­sion to con­trib­ute to and in­flu­ence the prac­tice of for­est man­age­ment in Aus­trala­sia and the Pa­cific.

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