International Year of Forests, 2011

Understanding processes - Predicting the future of forests - Supporting policies

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Conservation and management of forests for sustainable development:
where science meets policy

Leuven (Be) 23-24 November 2011

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FORESTS2011

An international conference for policy makers and scientists discuss what science can contribute to improved ecosystem services of forests in Europe and beyond.

Forests cover 31% of the total global land area. These forests give home to 80% of Earth’s terrestrial biodiversity and the livelihood of 1.6 billion people around the world depends on forests. Recognizing the global importance of forests the United Nations declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on conservation, multiple use and sustainable development of all types of forests.

Topics to be addressed:

  • Forest protection under global change
  • Forest products and ecosystem services
  • International forest policies

The Position Paper Forests2011 is the Leuven keynote of the Forests2011 conference.

Position Paper Forests2011

Forest2011 Grouppicture Leuven

Objectives

To identify and discuss what science can contribute to improved ecosystem services of forests for the benefit of the people.
To contribute to the ongoing policy processes at European scale, more particularly the review of the EU Forestry Strategy, the Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information of the EU, and the EU FLEGT and REDD facilities.

Keynotes

We attracted several top keynote speakers from science and policy (see programme)

Important dates

• Poster abstract submissions:

20 October 2011

• Registration:

From 15 July on first come, first served basis (maximum 200 participants)

Posters

We welcome high quality posters within the theme of the conference.  Poster abstracts will be reviewed.  Authors of accepted posters will have the opportunity to present the poster during the plenary session with a one-minute flash presentation.

THE FORESTS2011 MEMORANDUM ON SUSTAINABLE FORESTS FOR MULTIPLE BENEFITS

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