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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
The conference "Trees beyond the Wood: an exploration of concepts of woods, forests and trees" conference held in Sheffield, September 2012, was a great success. It considered the historic context and implications of medieval 'woods' in relation to other wooded landscapes, and the status and importance of ancient or veteran 'worked' and culturally modified trees in countryside outside woods and forests. Importantly though, the aim was to take the understanding developed in a global context over the last 20 years and to apply it to guide practitioner applications in the field.
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Trees beyond the Wood
By Ian Rotherham, The Biodiversity & Landscape History Research Institute,
IUFRO Coordinator 9.03.01 – Social and economic history
The World Teak Conference 2013 "Sharing our Planet: Teak Model Development towards the Improvement of Mankind” in Thailand examined the multiple aspects of teak cultivation and management.
Participants at the symposium "MORIOKA 2013: Global Forest Products Marketing and Forest Certification in a Green Economy" discussed strategies and challenges of the forest sector in a green economy.
IUFRO celebrated the first International Day of Forests on 21 March with an official opening of its new offices located in the building of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Life.
United Nations, Observing First International Day of Forests, Celebrates Their Vital, Life-sustaining Role: UN Press Release
2013 is a special year for forests, with many activities and initiatives underway to recognize and strengthen the important role forests play in our lives.