Friday, 30 October 2015

FW: Call for Papers: Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region Lautoka, Fiji, 26th-28th July 2016

Call for Papers:  Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation in the Pacific Region
Lautoka, Fiji, 26th-28th July 2016

The Pacific region is affected by climate change at different levels. According to the 5th Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), current
and future climate-related drivers of risk for small islands during the 21st century include sea-level rise, tropical and extra-tropical cyclones, increasing air and sea
surface temperatures, as well changing rainfall patterns, among others.

The future risks associated with these drivers, according to IPCC, include loss of adaptive capacity and damages to ecosystem services critical to lives and livelihoods
in small islands. In addition, sea-level rise are mentioned as posing one of the most widely recognized climate change threats to low-lying coastal areas on islands
and atolls.  Furthermore, given the dependence of island communities on coral reef ecosystems for a range of services including coastal protection, subsistence
fisheries and tourism, there is high confidence that coral reef ecosystem degradation will negatively impact island communities  and livelihoods. Given the inherent
physical characteristics of small islands, AR5 reconfirms the high level of vulnerability of small islands to multiple stressors, both climate and non-climate.
These elements illustrate the fact that, in addition to the necessary measures in the field of environmental mitigation, adaptation approaches are urgently needed.

The above state of affairs illustrates the need for a better understanding of how climate change affects the Pacific region, and for the identification of processes,
methods and tools which may help the countries in the region  to adapt.  There is also a perceived need to showcase successful examples of how to cope with the
social, economic and political problems posed by climate change in Pacific countries.

It is against this background that the "SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE PACIFIC REGION" is being organized by The University of Fiji,
the Research and Transfer Centre "Applications of Life Sciences" of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the International Climate Change
Information Programme (ICCIP). The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, practitioners and members of governmental agencies,
undertaking research and/or executing climate change projects in the Pacific region.

The "SYMPOSIUM ON CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE PACIFIC REGION" will be held on the Campus of The University of Fiji, situated in Lautoka, which is
around 25 Km away from the international airport in Nadi, used by most international flights arriving in Fiji. The Symposium will focus on
"fostering resilience and the regional capacity to adapt", meaning that it will serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research,
field projects and best practice in climate change adaptation among countries in the region, which may be useful or implemented elsewhere.

The key dates are as follows:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30th January 2016
Deadline for submission of papers: 30th March 2016
Deadline for the submission of revised papers: 30th April 2016
Deadline for registrations: 30th May 2016

Since the conference book is expected to be launched shortly after the event, the deadlines need to be followed

Abstracts -up to 200 words- describing the rationale and aims of the paper,
the initial results and the preliminary conclusions, along with the full
contact details about the author(s), should be sent to in a word (.doc or
.docx) format to:

Further details and a flyer can be seen and downloaded at:

Prof. Walter Leal (HAW Hamburg, Germany & Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) & Professor Prem Misir, The University of Fiji
Contact e-mail:


Thursday, 29 October 2015

IUFRO NEWS 9&10, 2015


Issue 9&10/2015



IUFRO NEWS 9&10, 2015

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Connecting Research to Practice: The Evolving World of Extension and Knowledge Exchange

The Extension & Knowledge Exchange Working Party conference took place from 27 September to 1 October 2015 in Galway, Ireland. The major theme across presentations was the importance of collaborations and partnerships as a way to increase capacity and leverage resources, especially in times of limited funding. More

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The 4th IUFRO International Conference on Forests and Water in a Changing Environment took place on 6-9 July 2015 in Kelowna, BC, Canada. The conference focused on forest disturbance and hydrological processes in a changing environment.  More

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The meeting on 28 Sep - 2 Oct in Sopot, Poland focused on six central topics: Forest insect population dynamics; ecology of forest insect populations; management of forest insects; biological control of forest pests; impacts of forest insect pests; and sampling forest insect populations. More

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IUFRO President Prof. Mike Wingfield participated in the IUFRO Eucalypt Conference 2015 of Working Party 2.08.03 held in Zhangjiang City, Guandong during the week of 20 October. The event was hosted by the Chinese Society of Forestry (CSF) and the Chinese Academy of Foresters (CAF). More

Scientific Community Group Statement at FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference

On 20 October 2015, IUFRO Executive Director Alexander Buck presented a Scientific Community Group Statement of EFI, IUFRO, and Bioversity International at the 7th Forest Europe Ministerial Conference in Madrid, Spain. In the statement the three organizations expressed their willingness to enhance the science-policy-practice dialogue. More

State of Europe's Forests 2015 Report

Europe's forest area has expanded to 33 percent of the region's total land area over the last 25 years and continues to expand. Progress has also been made in the last two-and-a-half decades on the implementation of sustainable forest management. These are two of the key findings revealed in the State of Europe's Forests 2015 report. More

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