FORTHCOMING EVENTS


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CONFERENCE ON NATURAL RESOURCES INCOME OPPORTUNITIES ON PRIVATE LANDS

HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND, USA
5-7 APRIL 1998

For more information, please contact University of Maryland, Maryland, USA.
Fax: (+1 301) 432 4089;
e-mail:
ct11@umail.umd.edu

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BIODIVERSITY, MEASURING, MONITORING AND RESEARCH

FRONT ROYAL, VIRGINIA, USA
10 MAY-12 JUNE 1998

This intensive, five-week course, to be held at the Smithsonian’s Conservation and Research Center (CRC), provides a unique opportunity to gain experience in effective strategies for developing, carrying out and maintaining long-term biodiversity programmes.

For more information, please contact Christopher Ros, SI/MAB Program Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution,
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Suite 3123, MRC 705, Washington, DC 20560, USA.
Fax: (+1 202) 786 2557;
e-mail:
cjr@ic.si.edu;
http://www.si.edu/organiza/museums/ripley/simab/start.htm

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ASIA-PACIFIC MYCOLOGICAL CONFERENCE ON BIODIVERSITY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

HUA HIN,THAILAND
6-9 JULY 1998

For more information, please contact BIOTEC Committee, Gypsum Metropolitan Tower, 15th Floor, 539/2 Sri-Ayudhya Road, Rajdhevee, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.
Fax: (+66 2) 248 8305;
e-mail:
mycology@biotec.or.th;
http://www.biotec.or.th/diary/mycology/mycology.htm

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INTEGRATED TOOLS FOR NATURAL RESOURCES INVENTORIES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

BOISE, IDAHO, USA
16-20 AUGUST 1998

An international conference on the inventory and monitoring of forested ecosystems.

For more information, please contact Mr Mark Hansen, USDA Forest Service, North Central Forest Experiment Station, 1192 Folwell Avenue, St Paul, Minnesota, MN 55108, USA.
Fax: (+1 612) 649 52085;
e-mail:
hanse034@maroon.tc.umn.edu;
http://dendron.fr.umn.edu/burk/boise

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INDICATORS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
24-28 AUGUST 1998

The focus of the conference is to provide and discuss an up-to-date review of the scientific knowledge underpinning sustainability indicators. The specific objectives of the conference are to: review the state of scientific knowledge; provide a forum between researchers and stakeholders; identify R&D priorities; and examine future action to be recommended within IUFRO.

For more information, please contact Ms Margaret Scarlett, Managing Director, The Conference Organisers Pty Ltd, Suite 2, 5 Melrose Street, Sandringham, Victoria 3191, Australia.
Fax: (+61 3) 9521 8889;

e-mail: conforg@ozemail.com.au

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SILK: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN SEMI-ARID AFRICA?

DAKAR, SENEGAL
AUTUMN 1998

In order to explore the potential of the multipurpose mulberry tree (Morus alba) for economic development in semi-arid Africa, the International Programme for Arid Land Crops (IPALAC) has begun planning this symposium. The mulberry tree is the source of feed for silkworms. It can grow well in warm semi-arid regions, providing good-quality fuelwood, edible fruit and forage. If the consensus of the project is positive, an action plan will be developed.

For more information, please contact Mr Arnie Schlissel, Administrative Coordinator, International Programme for Arid Land Crops, c/o Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, PO Box 653, Beer Sheva, Israel 84105.
Fax: (+972 7) 647 2984;

e-mail: ipalac@bgumail.bgu.ac.il

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NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH AGROFORESTRY: FARMING THE AGROFOREST FOR SPECIALTY PRODUCTS

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, USA
4-7 OCTOBER 1998

This international conference will provide participants with an opportunity to learn and share experiences about "cultivating" speciality forest products (or "forest farming") in temperate agroforestry systems. Sessions will focus on three major areas of speciality forest products intentionally produced through forest farming:

Sessions will emphasize production systems, markets and marketing, financial and environmental costs and benefits.

For more information, please contact Mr Scott J. Josiah, CINRAM/University of Minnesota, 1530 Cleveland Avenue North, 115 Green Hall, St Paul, MN 55108, USA.
Fax: (+1 612) 625 5212;

e-mail: josia001@maroon.tc.umn.edu

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LAND OWNERSHIP AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT WORLD CONGRESS

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA
18-24 OCTOBER 1998

Section 2 of the congress will deal with forestry. Papers submitted include case studies on NWFPs such as "People, palms and baskets: resource use and management in southern Africa" (by A. Cunningham, Field Coordinator People and Plant Initiative [WWF/UNESCO/Kew Gardens], Betty’s Bay, Cape Town) and "Sustainable agroforestry as practised by rural communities in Sumatra: the potential of the gum-producing damar tree" (by R. Leakey, Head of Tropical Ecology, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Edinburgh).

For more information, please contact Mr John M. Calabrini, Chairman, Steering Committee, 10 Tonsley Place, London SW18 1BP, UK.
Fax: (+44 181) 875 0686.

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WORKSHOP ON THE PROMOTION OF NON-WOOD FOREST PRODUCTS IN NORTH AMERICA

VILLAHERMOSA, MEXICO
16-18 NOVEMBER 1998

This workshop, planned to be held in conjunction with the 19th session of the North American Forestry Commission, NAFC (Villahermosa, Mexico, 16-20 November 1998), will concentrate on discussing issues concerning the promotion and development of non-wood forest products of North American forests. Emphasis will be given to food items, essential oils, medicinal plants, gum naval stores, ornamental material and natural flavours gathered from wild sources in forests for subsistence or on a commercial scale. Key findings and recommendations of this workshop will be brought to the attention of the 19th session of the NAFC.

For more information, please contact Mr Paul Vantomme, Forest Products Division, Forestry Department, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100, Rome, Italy.
Fax: (+39 6) 570 55618;

e-mail: paul.vantomme@fao.org

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TRAINING COURSES AT THE REGIONAL COMMUNITY FORESTRY TRAINING CENTER (RECOFTC), KASETSART UNIVERSITY, THAILAND, DURING 1998

For more information, please contact Dr Somsak Sukwong, Director, Regional Community Forestry Training Center (RECOFTC), Kasetsart University, PO Box 1111, Bangkok 10903, Thailand.
Fax: (+662) 561 4880;

e-mail: ftcsss@nontri.ku.ac.th

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF SPECIALTY FOREST PRODUCTS

PENNSYLVANIA, USA
15-17 APRIL 1999

The conference will be held at Pennsylvania State University. Since case studies will form the core of this conference, practitioners are invited to contact conference organizers to suggest case studies that model the integration of speciality forest
products with local economic needs, ecological restoration and sustainable forest management. Workshop and round-table discussion topics are also sought. The conference will provide a poster session for practitioners to present their experiences.

For more information, please contact Caren Glotfelty, PSU School of Forest Resources, Room 101 Ferguson Bldg, University Park, PA 16802, USA.
E-mail:
ceg12@psu.edu;
or
Ms Jennifer Chesworth, Sombra Buena Organic Forest Products, Box 348, Boalsburg, PA 16827, USA.
Tel: (+1 814) 466 7264;

e-mail: sevmtensci@aol.com

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