Report of Activity D.2 Attending overseas Meetings
Under the Project on
“Domestication of Endangered, Endemic and Threatened Plant Species in Disturbed Terrestrial Ecosystems in Malaysia and Thailand”
Meeting Name: IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania 2016
Reporter: Mr. Suwan Tangmitcharoen
Objectives: To attend the Congress focusing on Silviculture, Forest Restoration และ Forest Genetic Resources based on the Project Workplan on Activity D2.
Duration : 23-28 October 2016
Place of the Conference :China National Convention Center, Beijing, China
Content of the Meetings
IUFRO is the world’s network of forest science, comprising more than 600 member organizations in 125 countries and uniting 15,000-20,000 scientists. The conferences compose of 9 divisions which are 1) Silviculture 2) Physiology and Genetics 3) Forest Operations Engineering and Management 4) Forest Assessment, Modelling and Management 5) Forest Products 6) Social Aspects of Forests and Forestry 7) Forest Health 8) Forest Environment 9) Forest Policy and Economics. Participants from 129 countries with 400 oral presentations and 200 poster which are exploring research on the following eight themes, including sustainable forest management for enhanced provision of ecosystem services; forest and landscape rehabilitation and restoration; combating desertification, disaster and risk management, and climate change mitigation and adaptation; planted forests for fostering a greener economy; innovative technologies for bio-energy, bio-materials and other products; urban forestry; social and cultural aspects of forests, including traditional knowledge, human health, community participation and gender roles; and forest and agro-forest management for food security, enhanced livelihoods and non-timber forest products .
Three major activities were implemented during the conference as followings:
1. Distribution of the project brochure.
The Project brochures have been placed at the booth of Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI). It was kindly supported and cooperated by the Secretary of the Institution, Dr. Sim Heok-Choh, former executive director, APAFRI and his staff. They were not only permitting us to put our leaflets but also help us on distribution to the participants. The leaflets then were circulated throughout the entire period of the IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania (24-27 October 2016) as planned.
Figure 1. Leaflet of the project (upper right) placed at the booth of Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI). Staff of APAFRI also kindly help for its distribution throughout the entire period of the IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania (24-27 October 2016)
2. Participating the Conference (23-27 October 2016).
On 23 October 2106, Mr.Suwan Tangmitcharoen joined the pre-congress tours visiting Badaling Forest Experience Center closed to Beijing city. The center designed mainly for forest study for young generations. The content was well design divided into two parts, exhibition in the two storey office and in nature forest. The exhibition hall is well equipped with facilities to educate visitors on several kind of forestry including history of Badaling Forest.
Figure 2. Pre-Conference Tour visiting Badaling Forest Experience Center.
Participating the conference sessions (24-27 October 2016).
Under the general framework of the Congress, the four keynote presentations are elaborated to address some emerging topics such as new Silvicultural regime, climate change mitigation and adaptation, urban forestry and bioeconomy. For example, Prof. Dr. Zhang Shougong, President of Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), One of keynote speaker presented on “Latest Progresses of Silvicullture Research in China”. He presented on several aspects of silviculture work including genetic conservation, tree improvement, genome sequencing, breeding, bamboo cultivation, afforestation technologies, and technical system for cultivation techniques, forest protection, and nature plantation management.
Prof. Dr. Don Koo Lee , Seoul National University, Republic of Korea, presented on “Research and Development for Sustainable Forest in Asia” sharing a success on forest restoration in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and also activities conducted by ASEAN-ROK Forest Cooperation (AFoCo). Dr. Makoto Yokohari, University of Tokyo , presented on “How far should we go “Native”? sharing information on native species in urban forestry. He showed some studied on urban forestry conducted in Singapore, Japan, Canada, Germany, and the United States.
Mr. Suwan Tnagmitcharoen attended the session related to Silviculture, Physiology, Genetics, and Forest Environment. He had a chance to discuss with Dr. Zhang Jinfeng, Professor from Yunan University, Chief of Sustainable Development of Rosewood in Yunnan. They also discussed the possibilities of doing research on rosewood together in the future.
He also discussed with Dr. Michael Kleine, deputy director of International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) on progress of project proposal on Sustainable Management and Genetic Conservation of Teak Resources . The proposal was developed by FAO, Teaknet, and Plant Genetic Conservation Project under the Royal Initiation of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (RSPG).
3. Joining the opening ceremony of the First Regional Training on Forest Genetic Resources
On behalf of national coordinator for Thailand, Mr. Suwan Tangmitcharoen was also invited to join the opening ceremony of the first Regional Training on Forest Genetic Resources held at Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) and visiting of nursery conducting experiment on some tropical species such as Pinus, Acacia and Eucalyptus with kindly supported from Prof. Dr. Zheng Yongqi, Division of Forest Genetic Resources , CAF who is in charge of National Coordinator for Asia Pacific Forest Gentic Resources Programme -APFORGEN).
Benefit to AFoCo and RFD
-The project activities have been publicized through the brochure distributed throughout the conference period.
– Knowledge and experience sharing gained from the Conference could be adapt to enhance effectiveness and efficiency of forest researches and related work conducted by AFoCo and RFD.
Figure 3. Overview of the Congress Sessions. (Upper) Opening ceremony. (Lower) Deputy Director of Royal Forest Department (Mr. Pralong Dumrongthai) represented Forest Certification in Thailand.
Figure 4. Opening Ceremony of the first Regional Training on Forest Genetic Resources held at Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) and visiting of nursery conducting experiment on some tropical species such as Pinus, Acacia and Eucalyptus.