FORTHCOMING EVENTS



 
WORKSHOP ON BAMBOO AND RATTAN BIODIVERSITY

BEIJING, CHINA
11-23 APRIL 1999

The objective of the workshop is to exchange experience on bamboo and rattan biodiversity conservation and utilization and to promote collaboration between China and other countries. Goals include: introduction of bamboo and rattan research and utilization in China; identification of technologies of bamboo and rattan biodiversity conservation and utilization and needs for capacity building; and providing opportunities for technical cooperation between China and other developing countries, especially the transfer of China's technologies.

The workshop will be divided into two sections - classroom discussions and field trips. Four days will be spent in classroom discussions in Beijing. Chinese and international experts will give lectures on bamboo and rattan in China and overseas. Topics covered will be: taxonomy and distribution of bamboo and rattan; manufacture and utilization of bamboo and rattan; socio-economics and policy on bamboo and rattan; and an exchange agenda for bamboo and rattan research and development in China and other countries. Field visits will consist of: two days of demonstration of biodiversity conservation and utilization technologies of bamboo in the subtropical and temperate zones of Anji and Linan counties in Zhejiang province; a two-day visit to see tropical bamboo and rattan in Xishuangbanna in Yunnan province; and a one-day visit to Expo99 in Kunming, Yunnan province. Participants will then have one day to discuss collaboration and technical exchange and evaluate the workshop.

For more information, please contact the coordinators:
Mr Jiang Chunqian, Associate Professor,
Deputy Director, International Farm Forestry Training Centre,
PO Box 38, Chinese Academy of Forestry,
Beijing, 100091 China.
Fax: (+86 10) 62888345;
e-mail: Jiangchq@caf.forestry.ac.cn;
yzhli@caf.forestry.ac.cn;
or
Prof. Zhu Zhaohua, INBAR,
Branch Box 155, PO Box 9799, Beijing, 100101 China.
Fax: (+86 10) 64956983;
e-mail: zhzhu@inbar.org.cn


 
INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON COMMUNITY FORESTRY IN AFRICA

BANJUL, THE GAMBIA
26-30 APRIL 1999

The focus of the workshop will be on both the institutional framework and implementation approaches needed to enable the development of participatory forestry for sustainable use of forest resources in Africa. It is intended for policy-makers, practitioners from governmental and non-governmental organizations, donor representatives and international organizations involved in community forestry.

For more information, please contact
Dr K. Warner, Community Forestry Unit,
Forestry Department, FAO,
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
Fax: (+39) 06 57055514;
e-mail: Katherine.Warner@fao.org


 
TROPICAL STUDY PROGRAMME IN NICARAGUA

LAGUNA DE APOYO, NICARAGUA
16 MAY - 5 JUNE 1999

This programme is designed to expose participants to a broad array of interdependent international influences on the management of the world's forests, and the extraction and use of forest products. This three-week course will enhance understanding of the role forest enterprises play in world society as well as on the environment and economy. More than half of the course is focused on NTFPs and agroforestry.

For further information and application details, please contact
Dr A. L. Hammett, Coordinator of International Programs,
College of Forestry and Wildlife Resources,
210 Cheatham Hall (mail code 0323), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg,
Virginia 24061, USA.
Fax: (+1 540) 231 8176;
mailto:e-mail: himal@vt.edu;
http://www.cyber.vt.edu/wd3784nic


 
PRIMEIRO CONGRESSO DE PLANTAS AROMÁTICAS E MEDICINAIS DOS PAÍSES DE LÍNGUA OFICIAL PORTUGUESA

SICÓ SUBREGION, PORTUGAL
7-9 JUNE 1999

For more information, please contact
Liga de Amigos de Conimbriga, 31 50 Condeixa-a- Nova, Portugal.
Fax: (+351 39) 945202;
e-mail: amqueiros@mail.telepac.pt


 
INDICES AND INDICATORS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (SYSTEMS ANALYSIS APPROACH)

ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
11-15 JULY 1999

For more information, please contact
Dr Irina G. Malkina-Pykh, Center INENCO,
Russian Academy of Sciences, 14 Kutuzova nab.,
St Petersburg 191187, Russian Federation.
Fax: (+7 812) 272 4265;
e-mail: malkina@mail.admiral.ru;
or
inenco@mail.neva.ru/B>


 
WORKSHOP ON OFF-FOREST TREE RESOURCES OF AFRICA

ARUSHA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA
12-16 JULY 1999

The potential of Africa's forest products and services has more often than not been presented in the context of what the continent's closed forests and woodlands can offer according to traditional forestry practices. With declining forest cover, a growing demand for agricultural land, and an estimated scarcity of forest products and services, Africa has often been portrayed as heading for an ecological catastrophe.

The objectives of workshop are to bring together experts in forest resources assessment and monitoring with an emphasis on: methods for estimating tree resources on farms, pastures and rangeland; methods for assessing and monitoring land-use change; modelling spatial and temporally extrapolable factors that influence farmer adoption of tree and planting practices; and developing a database for African tree resources assessment and monitoring.

The focus is on "how to" and emphasis will be placed on successful case studies of off-forest resources assessments, monitoring and management. The number of participants will be restricted to 60.

The workshop includes two days of presentations, a field trip to farmers in Kilimanjaro district and a tour of Arusha National Park and Ngurdoto Crater, and two days of group work on: inventory and monitoring; tree biodiversity, ecology, GIS and remote sensing; tree propagation, products and services; and socio-economic aspects, policy and institutional arrangements. At the end of the workshop, reliable mechanisms will be put in place for assessing the quality, quantity and effects of off-forest tree resources in Africa.

For more information, please contact
Prof. Romanus Ishengoma, Faculty of Forestry,
Sokoine University of Agriculture,
PO Box 3009, Chou Kikuu, Morogoro,
United Republic of Tanzania.
Tel./fax: (+255 56) 4648;
e-mail: forestry@sua.ac.tz;
or
Mr August B. Temu, ICRAF,
PO Box 30677, Nairobi, Kenya.
Fax: (+254 2) 521001;
e-mail: a.temu@cgnet.com


 
ASSESSMENT METHODS OF FOREST ECOSYSTEM STATUS AND SUSTAINABILITY

KRASNOYARSK, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
8-12 AUGUST 1999

The workshop will cover:

For more information, please contact
Dr Elena Muratova, V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest,
Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch,
Academgorodok, Krasnoyarsk,
660036 Russian Federation.
Fax: (+7 39) 12 43 36 86;
e-mail: ecos@ifor.krasnoyarsk.su


 
HERBAL MEDICINE: PRACTICE AND SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
3-5 SEPTEMBER 1999

This conference is aimed at providing a forum for high-level presentations on the subject of herbal medicines from both the clinical practice and the scientific viewpoint. The goal is to bring together practitioners and scientists to further understanding and clinical outcomes as medicine moves on to the next millennium.

For more information, please contact
Conference Secretary, International Conference in Herbal Medicine,
PO Box 713, Warwick, Queensland 4370, Australia.
E-mail: psumner@ozemail.com.au


 
COMBATING DESERTIFICATION WITH PLANTS

BEER SHEVA, ISRAEL
18-21 OCTOBER 1999

The wise use of plant germplasm that is either native or adaptable to the climatic and edaphic conditions of semi-arid or arid lands is one approach that can help reduce the spread of desertification and contribute to sustainable development in dry regions.

Scientists, researchers, development workers, agencies or others who have used plants in income-generating or environmental projects in semi-arid regions will be encouraged to share their experience during the conference.

Topics of the workshop will be: plants as components of environmental systems (e.g. windbreaks, firebreaks, soil erosion control); traditional and new crops (e.g. genetic improvement, domestication), agroforestry and non-wood forest products (e.g. living fences, honey, aromatics, gums); social, cultural and economic aspects related to the use of plants in combating desertification; and ecological considerations (e.g. biotic interactions, colonization).

For more information, please contact
Organizing Committee, International Programme for Arid Land Crops (IPALAC),
c/o Ben Gurion University of the Negev,
PO Box 653, Beer Sheva, Israel.
Fax: (+972 7647) 2984;
e-mail: IPALAC@bgumail.bgu.ac.il


 
XXI IUFRO WORLD CONGRESS

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
7-12 AUGUST 2000

The congress title is "Forests and Society: the Role of Research". During the congress, the IUFRO Group S4.02.01 - Data Collection in the Tropics will organize a session on "Forestry Products Collection and Sustainable Forest Management". The session chairman and organizer is Dr Mohammed Ellatifi, Deputy Chair of IUFRO S4.02.01, from Morocco. A total of eight oral presentations and six posters will be produced during this session, within the above-mentioned topic.

On the occasion of this congress, IUFRO will present the well-known Scientific Achievement Award as well as two new awards - the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award and the Best Poster Award. Further information on the awards can be found at http://iufro.boku.ac.at/iufro/congress/award_circ.htm; and on the congress as a whole at http://iufro.boku.ac.at/iufro/congress/.

For more information, please contact
Dr Mohammed Ellatifi, Forest Service Casablanca, Morocco.
E-mail: m.ellatifi@mailcity.com;
or
IUFRO Congress Secretariat.
Fax: (+43 1) 8779355;
e-mail: iufroxxi.csc@forvie.ac.at

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