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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
The newsletter reports on the IUFRO Meeting "Global Change and Mediterranean Pines: Alternatives for Management" that took place from 10 to 12 February 2010 in Palencia, Spain. The event offered an excellent platform for international debate on the ecology and silviculture of Mediterranean pines with a focus on climate change, its potential effects and adaptive solutions. In a news release related to the upcoming IUFRO World Congress, the role of urban forests and their capacity to make cities more attractive, promote human health and well-being, sequester carbon, filter pollutants from the air, provide shade, reduce wind and flooding, improve urban microclimates and protect urban drinking water resources, is highlighted. There is also an update on the progress of the GFEP Assessment Report on International Forest Regime as well as information on new publications and future events.
An evidence-based report, 'Benefits of Urban Parks: A systematic review', offers a comprehensive and critical assessment that evaluates the evidence supporting a series of park benefits.
The World Teak Conference in Bangkok, the Morioka 2013 symposium on the role of the forest sector in a green economy, and IUFRO's activities at UNFF10 in Turkey are among the highlights of this issue.
The UN General Assembly has designated 21 March as the International Day of Forests. IUFRO celebrated the 1st IDF with the opening of its new offices in the building of the Austrian Ministry of Life.
Persons involved in peatland management can benefit from a new book entitled Peatland Ecology and Forestry – a Sound Approach that gathers an impressive array of research from various countries.
The official announcement of the XXIV IUFRO World Congress in October 2014 in Salt Lake City has just been published – think about making plans to attend! And celebrate the Int'l Day of Forests on 21...