Conference on

“Adaptive Management for Forested Landscapes in transformation”

October 1-5, 2018 / Posadas, Argentina

This conference will highlight the accelerated changes imprint in our planet within this era of the Anthropocene.

Transformation of forest use that is occurring in response to the pressures of globalization, population growth, resource scarcity and ecological degradation are part of the BIG challenges ahead. Biodiversity is essential to human well-being, but people have been reducing biodiversity throughout human history. Loss of species and degradation of ecosystems are likely to further accelerate in the coming years. Nonetheless, global goals to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss have mostly not been achieved. It is essential to take into account ecological, economic and functional values of the landscape to improve planning and decision-making. Operational solutions are needed to reconciling biodiversity conservation in the light of increasing demands of natural resources and land.

Within the framework this Conference will focus on key topics to assess problems but also to find solutions for a better future in forested landscapes.

Conference Topics

  1. Forested landscapes and biodiversity threats

  2. Human-nature relationships to support sustainable forest landscapes

  3. Tools, Methods & Approaches oriented towards solutions

  4. Global change and adaptive management of forested landscapes

  5. Socio-ecological approaches integrating ecosystem services and forest management

Topics overview

Topic 1Topic 2Topic 3Topic 4Topic 5

Topic 1: Forested landscapes and biodiversity threats.

We aim at gaining fundamental insights and experience of applications to real-world practice and transformation–to enable the integrative management of functional diversity to ultimately target measures and solutions that can better tackle the management of diverse ecosystems and forested landscapes.

  • Particular interest will be based on the understanding of different patterns of temporal β diversity to detect species loss and changes in community and functional composition, incl. patterns of species dominance in forested landscapes.

Examples are needed of integrative conservation success showing that losses can be halted and even reversed.

  • Forested landscapes representing several social and conservation values.
  • Forest and climate regulation through carbon sequestration.
  • Remote sensing and coupling models to improve biodiversity monitoring supporting spatial tools.
  • EBV’s (Essential Biodiversity Variables for measuring change in global forest).

Topic 2: Human-nature relationships to support sustainable forest landscapes.

Transforming historical relationships between human populations and nature to support sustainable forest landscapes

  • Examples and suitable frameworks to implement Planning at landscape level to achieve a win-win situation among different landscape values.
  • Assess the capacity of forest landscape to simultaneously produce different landscape values: suitable habitats, economic returns and ecosystem services.
  • Analyze trade-offs among the landscape values using multi-objective optimization for alternative forestry management regimes.
  • Supporting Ecosystem Services in Urban and Peri-Urban Forests.

Topic 3: Tools, Methods & Approaches oriented towards solutions.

We welcome examples and experience of innovative approaches of interdisciplinary research and practice that used a mixture of remote sensing, field data and biodiversity related databases which require ecologists, biologists, modellers and remote sensing experts to collaborate closely with the newest capabilities and coupling modelling approaches.

Topic 4: Global change and adaptive management of forested landscapes.

Forested landscapes are affected by multiple uses and are influenced by drivers operating at different scales (i.e., from local to global) that accelerate its transformation. How to manage forested landscapes in transformation to satisfy different and sometimes conflicting goals (wood harvesting, recreation, livestock production, ecosystem services) is the pressing question in many parts of the world. We welcome innovative approaches, experiences and insights that tackle this question.

Topic 5: Socio-ecological approaches integrating ecosystem services and forest management.

Socio-economic information and analysis are critical inputs for designing forest conservation policies. We aim at expanding the frontier of knowledge on the theoretical and applied socio-economic research regarding forest management and conservation.