Forestry Information has a place in the XIII World Forestry Congress 2009



Forestry Information had a place in the XIII World Forestry Congress 2009

Tuesday 20th October

Pabellón Amarillo, Sala Petiribi

10:45 – 12:15 am

Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Summary Report

The Assistant Director-General of FAO, Jan Heino, welcomed participants to the meeting, stressing its importance for our times when we are interacting with very large amounts of information. For the first time in the history of WFC, forest information professionals, and communications specialists had a session specifically devoted to discussing the status of forestry information in the world. The papers presented were from Europe, Central America and South America.

The presentations gave an overview of the current situation and trends in forest information, including the new field of the use of evidence-based methods in the study of forestry. The development of this methodology can provide a valuable tool to improve the quality of research in forestry.
This presentation was corroborated by the paper "communicating forest science", describing research conducted in 2006, which analyzed the behaviour of forest scientists in communicating with the public..  Results suggested that forest scientists tend to have little interest in communication beyond traditional contacts,, not seeing it as beneficial. The other two presentations shared practical experiences of the development of informational capacities and networking of libraries, as examples that other institutions and regions might follow.

As a result of the discussion, participants made the following recommendations for the forest information community::

1. Create mechanisms to capture local and community knowledge as an information resource to enrich global forest knowledge and potentially improve decision making and science
2. Establish an informal forum for continuing discussion of improved global forest information networks and advocacy for the critical importance of forestry information and its adequate funding
3. Identify effective leaders to explore practical solutions to encourage the building of sustainable global and regional networks.
4. Generate proposals for formal discussion at regional and international levels.



Invited position paper

Gillian Petrokofsky. The role of librarians and information specialists in evidence-based forestry 

Selected voluntary paper

Daniela Kleinschmit & Alejandra Real. Communicating Forest Science 
Lucrecia Felquer & Claudia Luna. Uso del recurso bibliográfico forestal en la biblioteca agropecuaria de la universidad nacional del nordeste: propuesta de un nuevo servicio 

Federico Sancho. Sacando provecho de las bibliotecas de América Latina y el Caribe 

World Forestry Congress Declaration
last updated:  Wednesday, December 9, 2009