CIFOR at 2016 IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania

Forests for Sustainable Development: The Role of Research

24 - 27 October, Beijing, China.

The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania 2016, “Forests for Sustainable Development: The Role of Research”, to be held from 24-27 October in Beijing, China, aims to reach a common understanding about the status and trends of forests, and the consequent research needs for sustainable development.

Asia and Oceania together make up only one-quarter of the world’s land area, but are home to more than one-half of the world’s population. Rapid social and economic developments in the densely populated region are putting increasing pressure on forests, while global climate change poses further challenges to resilience.

Research on multipurpose forestry development and a role for forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation are urgently needed, along with innovative ideas on ways to restore biodiversity and rehabilitate degraded forest ecosystems to enhance ecosystem services.

The IUFRO Regional Congress is one of the largest global events for leading forestry managers, scientists and decision makers. A team of CIFOR scientists will attend to lead and participate in panel sessions on a variety of topics, presenting the latest research findings on REDD+, ecosystem services, forest landscape restoration, tenure reform, bioenergy, green economies and other landscape-based approaches to forests for sustainable development.

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24 October 2016

Room: 305

Policies, governance and economics at the intersection between REDD+ and swidden systems in Southeast Asia

This session will discuss the policies (and politics), governance, socio-economics and land use practices in swidden landscapes of Southeast Asia,

Organizers: Grace Wong & Maria Brockhaus (Center for International Forestry Research)

Moderators: Moira Moeliono (CIFOR)

Panelists: Shinya Takeda, Maria Brockhaus, Grace Wong, Nyein Chan, Ole Mertz

Room: 301B

Valuating the Ecosystem Services of Forests: a Gross Ecosystem Product approach

This session will focus on the valuation of forest ecosystem services as a mean of forest management, with a comprehensive

Organizers: Zhu Chuqnuan (IUCN China)

Moderators: Zhu Chuqnuan

Panelists: Louis Putzel, Guangcui Dai , Chunquan Zhu , Zhiyun Ouyang, Faqi Shi

Room: 307B

Evaluating the Impacts and Enhancing the Effectiveness of China’s Ecosystem Restoration Programs

China has been undertaking several major ecosystem restoration programs since the late 1990s, including the Sloping Land Conversion Program (SLCP)

Organizers: Yin Runsheng (Michigan State University, USA)

Panelists: Michael T Bennett, Miaoying Shi , Hua Li , Can Liu , Minjuan Zhao

25 October 2016

Room: 302B

Supporting early career researchers, improving forestry research capacity

Early career forestry researchers, like their peers in other fields, are facing a dichotomy. The broader and faster access to

Organizers: Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet)

Panelists: Ms. Shuxin Li, Mr. Michael Kleine, Louis Putzel, Lin Chen

26 October 2016

Room: 307B

Forest restoration in hilly and mountainous landscapes: Integrating social protection and economic opportunity

This session is to present relevant research from China, Ethiopia and Vietnam, with specific attention to the social and economic

Organizers: Louis Putzel (Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia), Zhang Kun (China National Forest Economics and Development Research Center) & Li Yanxia (International Network for Bamboo and Rattan, China)

Moderators: Louis Putzel & Zhang Kun

Panelists: Kiran Paudyal, Yanxia Li, Kun Zhang, Habtemariam Kassa, Peter Cronkleton, Emiru Birhane Hizikias


Room: 302B

Forest Tenure Reform process in developing countries: Achievements and critical challenges

Forest tenure reforms in Nepal, Indonesia and China have allocated a considerable area to smallholder and community-based forest management though

Organizers: Mani Ram Banjade (Center for International Forestry Research), Chen Shaozhi (Chinese Academy of Forestry) & Naya Sharma Paudel (ForestAction Nepal)

Moderators: Mani Ram Banjade (CIFOR) & Chen Shaozhi

Panelists: Tuti Herawati, Bijaya Raj Paudyal , Shaozhi Chen , Naya Sharma Paudel , By Wiratno , Miao Guangping

27 October 2016

Room: 307B

Forest-based sustainable bioenergy in Asia and the Pacific

This session will focus on biomass converstion technologies for energy production and value added bio-based material from forest, socio-economic and

Organizers: Soo Min Lee (National Institute of Forest Science, Republic of Korea) & Himlal Baral (Center for International Forestry Research, Indonesia)

Moderators: Soo Min Lee & Himlal Baral

Panelists: Budi Leksono, Tariq Aziz, Nils Borchard, Soo Min Lee, Bishnu Hari Poudyal, Jinguang Hu, Fu Jinhe, Walter Stinner

Room: 303B

Policies for improved contributions of forest plantations to economies, societies and the environment

This session will bring together policy researchers and experts from a number of countries in the region to discuss current

Organizers: Professor Rodney Keenan, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia, & Dr Somvang Phimmavong, National University of Laos

Moderators: Rodney Keenan & Somvang Phimmavong

Panelists: Anne Toppinen, Tran Lam Dong, Vu Tan Phuong, Somvang Phimmavong, Himlal Baral, Luis Neves Silva

Room: 301A

Towards a green economy in Asia: Inserting forests into the sustainable development goals

This session will focus on different forest-related approaches and mechanisms employed in Asian countries to steer development and investment towards

Organizers: Pia Katila (IUFRO WFSE/Natural Resources Institute Finland)

Moderators: Pia Katila

Panelists: Wilhelmus De Jong, Pablo Pacheco, Pia Katila, Pham Thu Thuy , Glenn Galloway

Room: 301B

REDD+ between transformational change and business-as usual – lessons from 7 years of global comparative analysis

This session will explore the current status of policies and processes related to REDD+ and provide an early impact assessment

Organizers: Maria Brockhaus

Moderators: Maria Brockhaus

Panelists: Rodd Myers, Grace Wong, Moira Moeliono, Robert Cole