International Conference on Medicinal Plants, Indigenous Knowledge and Benefit Sharing
Medicinal Plants/Health/Environmental and Development and International Workshop on Sustainable Trade and Conservation of Medicinal Plants Resources
Forestry and Rural Development Workshop
The World Ecotourism Summit
Human Dimensions Workshop
1st Annual Sustainable Forest Management Summit: Science in Policy and Practice - Sharing Successful Regional and Local Initiatives
Mountain Indigenous Knowledge, Sustainable Livelihoods and Creative Means of Resources Governance (III MMSEA)
Small fruit in the wild and culture
World Summit on Sustainable Development
Management of Mountain Forest Ecosystems under New Environmental Conditions
Ecological and Economic Benefits of Mountain Forests
Taiga Rescue Network and Boreal Forest Network 6th Biennial Conference
PROTA First International Workshop
Third International Training Programme on Sustainable NTFP Management for Rural Development
Primer Congreso Latinoamericano de Herbolaria y Segundo Congreso Nacional de Plantas Medicinales de México
The Namche Conference: People, Park and Mountain Ecotourism at Namche Bazaar
The 3rd World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for Human Welfare (WOCMAP III)
All Division 5 IUFRO Conference "Forest products research - providing for sustainable choices"
XII World Forestry Congress

International Conference on Medicinal Plants, Indigenous Knowledge and Benefit Sharing

The Hague, the Netherlands

16-19 April 2002

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Dr L. Jan Slikkerveer,
Institute of Cultural and Social Studies & the Leiden Branch of the National Herbarium of the Netherlands,
Wassenaarseweg 52, 2333AK Leiden,
the Netherlands.
E-mail: Slikkerveer@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Medicinal Plants/Health/Environmental and Development and International Workshop on Sustainable Trade and Conservation of Medicinal Plants Resources

Rabat, Morocco

2-4 May 2002

The programme will be centred on the following themes: ethnobotany and traditional medicine; phytotherapy, aromatherapy, phytodrugs and phytofoods; technology, quality, economic and legal aspects; phytochemistry; pharmacology, toxicology, biology and biotechnology; and biodiversity, conservation of medicinal and aromatic plants resources.

For more information and to register, please visit: www.multimania.com/congres2002pma/registration.htm

Forestry and Rural Development Workshop

Inverness, UK

18 May 2002

The workshop is part of the 3rd European Mountain Convention (Inverness, 16-18 May 2002) organized by Euromontana.

For more information, please contact:

Pier Carlo Zingari, Director,
European Observatory of Mountain Forests (EOMF)/Observatoire européen des forêts de montagne (OEFM),
Les Thermes,
F-73230 Saint Jean d'Arvey,
France.
Fax: +33 (0)4 79284058;
e-mail: zingari.oefm@wanadoo.fr;
www.eomf.org

The World Ecotourism Summit

Québec, Canada

19-22 May 2002

The United Nations has declared 2002 as the International Year of Ecotourism. The World Tourism Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have taken the lead in organizing activities for this Year at the international level. The UN declaration is a testimony of the growing importance of ecotourism, not only as a sector with a great potential for economic development - especially in remote areas where few other possibilities exist - but also as a powerful tool for conservation of the natural environment if it is properly planned, developed and managed.

Efforts to understand the implications of ecotourism better, as well as to improve its planning, management and marketing techniques, have been conducted in many parts of the world by international organizations, government agencies, ecotourism companies and practitioners, NGOs and research people. However, there has not been so far a truly comprehensive effort to disseminate widely the results achieved, or to integrate such results so as to produce the necessary synergies that will ensure that ecotourism will indeed generate the economic, social and environmental benefits expected from it.

Among the many activities to be undertaken at the global, regional, national and local levels in the framework of the International Year of Ecotourism throughout the world, the World Ecotourism Summit aims to be the major landmark. Its global objective and spirit are in line with the philosophy of the United Nations in the field of sustainable development, and more particularly with UNEP Principles for Implementation of Sustainable Tourism. Similarly, the summit will draw inspiration from the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, approved by consensus by all WTO member states in October 1999. The summit conclusions and recommendations are meant to be reported to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in September 2002.

For more information, please contact:

Ecotourisme 2002 - JPdL Secretariat, 51,
rue d'Auteuil,
Québec, Québec G1R 4C2,
Canada.
Fax: +1 418 6925587;
e-mail: ecotourism2002@jpdl.com ;
www.world-tourism.org/sustainable/IYE-Main-Menu.htm ;

or

United Nations Environment Programme,
Tourism Programme Coordinator,
Division of Technology,
Industry and Economics,
Tour Mirabeau, 39-43 - Quai André Citroën,
75739 Paris - Cedex 15,
France.
Fax: +33 1 44371474;
e-mail: IYE2002@unep.fr

Human Dimensions Workshop

Bonn, Germany

3-14 June 2002

The theme for the workshop will be "Human dimensions of urbanization and the transition to sustainability".

For more information, please contact:

Maarit Thiem, International Project Coordinator, 
International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change,
Walter-Flex-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn,
Germany.
Fax: +49 228 739054;
e-mail: thiem.ihdp@uni-bonn.de;
www.uni-bonn.de/IHDP

1st Annual Sustainable Forest Management Summit: Science in Policy and Practice - Sharing Successful Regional and Local Initiatives

Wisconsin, USA

17-19 June 2002

For more information, please contact:
Wendy Hinrichs Sanders,
Great Lakes Forest Alliance,
PO Box 722,
Hayward,
WI 54843,
USA.
E-mail: forestls@lsfa.org;
www.lsfa.org

Mountain Indigenous Knowledge, Sustainable Livelihoods and Creative Means of Resources Governance (III MMSEA)

Lijiang, Yunnan, China

25-28 August 2002

The conference will look at indigenous livelihoods, indigenous knowledge and creative means of local governance in our mountain areas.

For more information, please contact:

Xu Jianchu or Timmi Tillmann,
Centre for Biodiversity and Indigenous Knowledge,
Zhonghuandasha,
Yanjiadi 650034,
Kunming,
China.
E-mail: cbik03@public.km.yn.cn
or
xujc97@public.km.yn.cn ;
www.cbik.org

Small fruit in the wild and culture

Kaunas, Lithuania

20-22 August 2002

For more information, please contact:

Kaunas Botanical Garden,
Z. E. Zilibero 6,
LT-3018 Kaunas,
Lithuania.
Fax: +370 7 390133;
e-mail: remigijusd@hotmail.com   or
bs@bs.vdu.lt  

World Summit on Sustainable Development

Johannesburg, South Africa

26 August-4 September 2002

The Johannesburg Summit 2002 - the World Summit on Sustainable Development - will bring together tens of thousands of participants, including Heads of State and Government, national delegates and leaders from NGOs, businesses and other major groups to focus the world's attention and direct action towards meeting difficult challenges, including improving people's lives and conserving our natural resources in a world that is growing in population, with ever-increasing demands for food, water, shelter, sanitation, energy, health services and economic security.

The summit will come a decade after the historic United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, which adopted Agenda 21, the blueprint for sustainable development - and spawned the conventions on climate change, biological diversity and desertification.

Background information, and the dates and venues for the preparatory meetings, as they are confirmed, can be found at the summit's Web site.

For more information, please contact:

Johannesburg Summit Secretariat,
Division for Sustainable Development,
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
Two United Nations Plaza,
DC2-2220, New York, NY 10017,
USA.
E-mail: dsd@un.org;
www.johannesburgsummit.org/

Management of Mountain Forest Ecosystems under New Environmental Conditions

Prague, Czech Republic

1-7 September 2002

For more information, please contact:

Mr Vratislav Balcar,
Research Station VULHM Opocno,
Na Olive 550, 517 73 Opocno,
Czech Republic.
Fax: +420 443 42393;
e-mail: balcar@vulhmop.cz

Ecological and Economic Benefits of Mountain Forests

Innsbruck, Austria

15-18 September 2002

For more information, please contact:

Robert Jandl,
Federal Forest Research Centre,
Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, A-1131
Vienna,
Austria.
Fax: +43 1 878381250;
e-mail: robert.jandl@fbva.bmlf.gv.at;
http://fbva.forvie.ac.at/iym/ecology.html

Taiga Rescue Network and Boreal Forest Network 6th Biennial Conference

Winnipeg, Canada

20-22 September 2002

The theme of this conference is "Current and future boreal forest values - conservation goals and market trends".

For more information, please contact:

Conference organizers:
Michelle Forrest and Susanne McCrea.
E-mail: info@borealnet.org;
www.borealnet.org
or
www.taigarescue.org

PROTA First International Workshop

Nairobi, Kenya

23-25 September 2002

The workshop is being organized by the Plant Resources of Tropical Africa (PROTA) Programme, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. One of the workshop objectives is to highlight the importance of the plant resources of tropical Africa through commodity group reports, country reports and plant resources reports. Various papers are invited, including on auxiliary and medicinal plants. The workshop will be in English and French.

For more information, please contact:

PROTA Programme,
Wageningen University,
PO Box 341,
6700 AH Wageningen,
the Netherlands.
E-mail: prota@pros.dpw.wag-ur.nl;
www.prota.org;
or
PROTA First International Workshop,
c/o ICRAF,
PO Box 30677,
Nairobi,
Kenya.

[Please see under News and Notes for more information on PROTA.]

Third International Training Programme on Sustainable NTFP Management for Rural Development

Madhya Pradesh, India

12-27 November 2002

The newly established International Centre of Community Forestry (ICCF) at the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal, has been organizing various community forestry-related training programmes regularly (see below for information on the course held in 2001). These training programmes are closely grounded on actual field experiences. The previous two programmes have attracted the participation of forestry and rural development practitioners and researchers, from various countries worldwide. This programme has been designed for enhancing knowledge and honing skills in the areas of NTFP-based livelihood generation through sustainable management of NTFPs.

The training topics, which are revised and updated every year, will involve situational analysis of the NTFP management and rural development scenario (both micro and macro) and an intensive coverage of contemporary issues related to NTFP production, processing and trade. The participants would also be trained in tools and techniques for NTFP resource assessment, enterprise feasibility assessment and NTFP-based livelihood generation. During the field visits, interspersed throughout the course, the participants will get ample opportunity to test their newly acquired knowledge and skills in actual field situations.

For more information, please contact:

Dr Prodyut Bhattacharya,
Course Director,
Indian Institute of Forest Management,
Nehru Nagar, PO Box 357;
Bhopal-462003,
Madhya Pradesh,
India.
E-mail: prodyut@iifm.org;
www.iifm.org  

Primer Congreso Latinoamericano de Herbolaria y Segundo Congreso Nacional de Plantas Medicinales de México

Guadalajara, Jalisco, México

21 a 24 de Noviembre de 2002

El Congreso Latinoamericano de Herbolaria y el Segundo Congreso Nacional de Plantas Medicinales de México se han propuesto como objetivos generales:

· Ser el principal foro latinoamericano que promueva la cooperación, el intercambio y la difusión de investigaciones, tecnologías y experiencias entre los distintos actores sociales vinculados con la herbolaria, las terapias naturales y la medicina tradicional con el fin de rescatar, conservar, revalorizar y aprovechar sustentablemente las plantas medicinales y sus derivados.

· Servir como espacio abierto generador y multiplicador de ideas, propuestas, políticas, experiencias y acciones en torno a la conservación ecológica, la etnobotánica, el manejo sustentable, la investigación de campo y laboratorio, el control de calidad, la certificación, la bioprospección, el derecho de propiedad intelectual de las comunidades rurales e indígenas, el cultivo orgánico, la normatividad, la transformación, el comercio justo y todos aquellos aspectos vinculados con los recursos terapéuticos herbolarios.

Para más información, dirigirse a:

Josefina Morfín López,
Presidenta del Comité Organizador del Primer Congreso Latinoamericano de Herbolaria y Primera ExpoNaturalia Latinoamericana 2002,
Calle La Calma, 60,
Colonia Las Fuentes,
C.P. 45070,
Guadalajara, Jal.,
México.
Fax: +52 3 6312286;
correos electrónicos: cidnat@att.net.mx , conciencia@att.net.mx ;
o
Miguel Angel Gutiérrez Domínguez,
Vicepresidente del Comité Organizador del Primer Congreso Latinoamericano de Herbolaria y Primera ExpoNaturalia Latinoamericana 2002,
Universidad Autónoma de Tlaxcala,
Secretaría de Investigación Científica,
Jardín Botánico Universitario,
Av. Universidad N° 1, C.P. 90070 Tlaxcala, Tlax.,
México.
Fax: +52 246 28996;
correos electrónicos: redmexplam@uol.com.mx  y redcomerciohierbas@yahoo.com.mx ;
sitio Internet del Primer Congreso Latinoamericano de Herbolaria:
www.laneta.apc.org/nuevaneta/info/moreinfo.php3  

The Namche Conference: People, Park and Mountain Ecotourism at Namche Bazaar

Khumbu, Nepal

5-8 December 2002

Presentations and workshops will cover a range of topics, according to participants' interests. Special attention will be given to the role of parks in mountain ecotourism.

For more information, please contact:

Seth Sicroff,
Director, Bridges: Projects in Rational Tourism Development.
E-mail: bridges-prtd@lycos.com
or
namche@bridges-prtd.com ;
www.bridges-prtd.com

The 3rd World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants for Human Welfare (WOCMAP III)

Chiang Mai, Thailand

3-7 February 2003

The theme of WOCMAP III is "From biodiversity through science and technology, trade and industry to sustainable use". This congress will provide a forum for international cooperation among people in all disciplines that involve medicinal and aromatic plants, bringing together experts in medicinal and aromatic plants from around the world.

The congress programme will include plenary sessions, invited lectures, oral and poster presentations, a commercial exhibition (EXPOMAP) and excursions in and around Chiang Mai and Bangkok as well as neighbouring countries.

Early registration should be made by 31 July 2002.

For more information and to obtain a copy of the pre-registration form, please contact:

Congress Secretariat WOCMAP-III,
Department of Biology,
Faculty of Science,
Chiang Mai University,
Chiang Mai 50200,
Thailand.
Fax: +66 53 944934;
e-mail: WOCMAP3@yahoo.com

All Division 5 IUFRO Conference "Forest products research - providing for sustainable choices"

Rotorua, New Zealand

11-15 March 2003

This conference, which is being organized by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), will serve as a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience in forest products research at the national and international levels. Participants will discuss recent research progress, exchange information and collaborate on research related to the conference theme of "Forest products research - providing for sustainable choices". Discussion will consider scientific progress towards meeting the rapidly increasing demands for forest products of all kinds, while maintaining the forest as the source of such products and a resource for the social, economic and environmental benefits.

This conference includes a session on NWFPs under the IUFRO Group 5.11 chaired by Dr Jim Chamberlain. The session will be focused on "Research needs for sustainable management of non wood forest products".

For more information, please contact:

Dr Jim Chamberlain,
NTFP Products Research Technologist,
US Forest Service,
Southern Research Station;
Coordinator,
IUFRO Research Group 5.11
(Non-wood Forest Products),
1650 Ramble Road,
Blacksburg, VA 24061,
USA.
Fax: +1 540 2311383,
e-mail jachambe@vt.edu;
www.sfp.forprod.vt.edu;
or
Conference Secretariat:
Fax: +64 7 3435507;
e-mail: alldiv5iufronz@forestresearch.co.nz 

 

XII World Forestry Congress

Québec, Canada
21-28 September 2003

The World Forestry Congress (WFC) is the largest, most important international gathering of key players in the forestry sector. Organized under the aegis of FAO, the congress takes place every six years. It is a forum for exchanging a wide range of views, where ideas and actions having a direct impact on forests and on forest management can be presented and discussed so that practical solutions can be found. Overall, the discussions are intended to bring together the breadth of knowledge, experiences and approaches from around the world to guide forest policy, practices, research and international cooperation. In addition to regular working sessions, the congress will showcase the latest advances in forestry.

The World Forestry Congress is not a meeting of officials representing governments and organizations. Rather, participants attend in their personal capacity to express their own views. For this reason, its role is consultative rather than executive.

The WFC Theme "Forests, source of life" is of much relevance to the topic of non wood forest products and promises to inspire a rich debate on the role of edible NWFPs to food security and poverty alleviation. The FAO NWFP Programme is looking forward to a wide range of papers being submitted to the WFC emphasizing the important socio-economic contribution of NWFPs towards sustainable development.

Forests have sustained life on earth since time immemorial, providing a range of essential goods and services such as food, shelter, energy, wood, soil and water conservation, wildlife habitat, income generation, cultural identity and spiritual well-being. Thus, it is not surprising that one of today's greatest challenges is finding ways to balance and reconcile conflicting and increasing demands from those who depend on one aspect or another for their survival and development.

For more information, please contact:

World Forestry Congress 2003,
800, Place d'Youville,
18e étage,
Québec, Québec G1R 3P4,
Canada.
Fax: +1 418 6949922;
e-mail:
sec-gen@cfm2003.org
or
sec-gen@wfc2003.org;
www.wfc.2003.org

 

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