Institute keeping abreast of innovation and change
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.