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9.03.02 - Forest culture



Coming up on International Day of Forests!

Diversity of Wood in Culture: 2024 Online World Wood Day Symposium and The Sixth IUFRO Forest Products Culture Colloquium
online; 21-22 March 2024
Units involved: 5.00.00, 5.15.00, 9.03.02

This symposium is co-organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA), International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS), International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) Division 5 (Forest Products) including IUFRO Research Group 5.15.00 (Forest Products Culture), IUFRO Working Party 9.03.02 (Forest Culture) of Division 9 (Forest Policy and Economics) as well as the Estonian State Forest Management Centre (RMK), and with the support of International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRGWP) and Japan Wood Research Society (JWRS). 


  1. Historical Utilization and Trade and Cultural Values of Wood and Non-Wood Forest Products
  2. Construction and Buildings Including Wood Durability and Protection Needs
  3. Movable Building Components, Furniture, Musical Instruments, Artifacts and Design
  4. Education in Understanding Forest Products Culture and the Challenge of Climate Change
  5. Protection and Conservation of Historical Wooden Properties including Related Forest Management, Craftsmanship, Traditional Wood Processing and Wood Working Experiences
  6. Wood Products and Wood Biotechnology (IAWS Special Session)


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Elisabeth Johann, Austria


Jürgen Kusmin, Estonia

About Unit

This Unit is to collect and disseminate information on the ancient and modern forest cultures, or cultural aspects of forestry practices among member countries. The Unit's scope of activities includes the following:   

  • Collect the ancient interaction between human and forests over the world
  • Collect and organize the modern cases of cultural forestry over the world
  • Uncover unconscious and conscious human efforts to protect and maintain local forests
  • Redefine the role of religious communities including church and monasteries in conservation and management of local forests
  • Try to find and describe sacred trees and forests in relation to the local and universal cultures
  • Promote the sustainability concept originated in the culture of the First World nations and its stewardship of land  
  • Collect the ancient and modern stories and legends related to trees and forests
  • Uncover the tree and/or forest components of cultural landscape in local cultures in the world
  • Organize the methods and logics of popularization of the cultural forestry