Other Meetings / Events


Webinar on Nature-based solutions for integrated wildfire risk management

The webinar will feature presentations from three speakers, providing a broad vision of the role of nature-based solutions in wildfire risk management. The aim is to gain insights into the conflicts, but most importantly, the synergies between the two concepts. Adrián Regos from the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia will begin by connecting and framing fire-smartness as a part of integrated wildfire risk management within nature-based solutions. Following him, Kilian Heil from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions, and Water Management will address lessons learned around the topic of nature-based solutions applied to other hazards, particularly through the example of protective forests in Austria. Next, Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer from IIASA will discuss how insurance can enable nature-based solutions for wildfires. The webinar will conclude with a panel discussion among the speakers and the opportunity for questions from the public. It will be moderated jointly by Juan Picos from the University of Vigo and Marta Serra, from Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia.

Date:  29 May 2024, 10:00-12:00 CEST
Location:  online
Organizers:  Firelogue - WG_Environ

Details at:  https://firelogue.eu/webinar290524.php


Wildfire Coexistence in BC: Solutions Symposium

This Symposium will bring together British Columbia’s leading wildfire experts and practitioners to highlight the urgent need to develop a transformative vision and implementation strategy for wildfires before it is too late. We will shed light on the profound impacts of wildfires and tremendous costs to the BC population, emphasizing that the 2017‒2023 fire seasons were not an anomaly but a new and escalating reality fueled by climate change.

Join in June 3-5, 2024, in Kelowna and learn about the stark realities of the societal, health, cultural, environmental, and economic costs of wildfires across British Columbia and the actions needed now.

Date:   3-5 June 2024
Location:  UBC Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, Canada
Organizers:  University of British Columbia Faculty of Forestry & University of British Columbia Okanagan

Details:  https://wildfire-symposium.forestry.ubc.ca/


Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

An intensive one-day networking event featuring forward-looking keynotes, high-impact pitches of innovative solutions, and networking opportunities awaits you. The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 will be held on 5 June 2024 in Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The event will bring together forest innovators and leaders from industry, government, research, and other critical stakeholders in the forest bioeconomy. Register for the event today and stay tuned for more updates.

Organizers:  European Forest Institute – Bioregions Facility, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Smart Wood Center OWL, and CO2Bau
Date:  5 June 2024
Location:  Lemgo, Germany

Details:  https://bioregions.efi.int/bioeconomy-innovation-day-2024/


Agroforestry Innovation and Climate Entrepreneurship Summit

The Agroforestry Innovation and Climate Entrepreneurship (AFICE) Summit serves as a premium platform for individuals passionate about agroforestry and climate entrepreneurship. This event will bring together extraordinary minds and luminaries within the field to engage in thought-provoking discourse and valuable networking opportunities. This cutting-edge Summit fosters knowledge exchange, innovation, and collaboration among attendees, inspiring them to push the boundaries of agroforestry and climate entrepreneurship—a transformative pathway in sustainable agricultural and forestry practices.

The event encapsulates visionary keynotes, enlightening panel discussions and insightful case studies focused on bolstering holistic development within this agroforestry and climate spaces. With its avant-garde approach, the Agroforestry Innovation and Climate Entrepreneurship (AFICE) Summit attracts forward-thinking professionals and enthusiasts alike. Gaining tremendous traction locally and internationally, this Summit intends to create ripples of actionable change, inviting self-styled custodians of the earth's future to devise and discuss sustainable solutions to ecological and social challenges. Attendees will, undoubtedly, come away motivated to revolutionize agricultural and forestry systems and make significant strides towards combating climate change. Unleashing avenues for growth and exchange of groundbreaking ideas, this Summit is a magnet for proactive minds intrigued by the vast possibilities agroforestry and climate entrepreneurship present.

Date:  3-5 October 2024
Location:  Harare, Zimbabwe
Organizers:  Forestry & Citrus Research (FACIR)

Registration:  will close on 13 September 2024
Details:  https://www.facir.co.zw


International Conference on Biodiversity, Agroforestry and Non-wood Forest Products and Sustainable Livelihoods (ICBANS-2024)

You are invited to present your valuable research contributions at the ICBANS 2024, organized by V Sivaram Research Foundation, Bangalore in Collaboration with Indian Society of Agroforestry, ICAR-CAFRI, Jhansi, India; Society for Conservation and Resource Development of Medicinal Plants, New Delhi, India, and Sabah Biodiversity Centre, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The scheduled Conference provides an opportunity for researchers, academics, Ecologists, Policy Makers, Forest Experts, Conservation Biologists, students and scientists to come together, review their research findings, Present status of biological diversity on the planet earth, exchange ideas and discuss emerging trends in the field of Biodiversity and natural resources for sustainable livelihoods and Environmental Sustainability.

Important  Dates
Abstract Submission:   June 30, 2024   
Early Bird Registration:  July 31, 2024
Registration till:  September 30, 2024

Date:  18-19 October 2024
Location:  Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

Details:  https://www.sivaramfoundation.org/vsrf/icbans2024


8th Mediterranean Forest Week

Save the date for the next edition of the Mediterranean Forest Week (MFW), focusing on the restoration of forest ecosystems in the Mediterranean region. The MFW serves as a platform for cooperation among researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders, fostering dialogue on the challenges faced by Mediterranean forests.

Despite the continuous increase in forest cover over the past decades, mainly due to land use changes, the region faces challenges, including 80 million hectares of degraded land and 400,000 hectares burnt every year by wildfires. Climate change threatens 16% of animal and plant species in Mediterranean forests, while the severity and length of droughts shrinks the distribution ranges of the most important tree species in the Mediterranean. The 8th MFW will delve into solutions and initiatives for the restoration and sustainable management of these ecosystems.

MFW is one of the highlights of the Mediterranean forest calendar, offering the opportunity for networking, brainstorming and solution sharing on the most crucial issues for Mediterranean forests. MFW brings the Mediterranean forest community together for a deep dive into what is happening today and for the future in Mediterranean forests.

Date:  4-8 November 2024
Location:  Barcelona, Spain
Organizers:  The Secretariat of the FAO Committee of Mediterranean Forestry Questions – Silva Mediterranea, The European Forest Institute Mediterranean Facility (EFIMED)

Details:  https://medforest.net/2023/12/19/save-the-date-the-8th-mediterranean-forest-week/
Contact:  Silva-Mediterranea(at)fao.org, efimed(at)efi.int


4th European i-Tree Conference & Urban ReLeaf Conference

Join the 4th European i-Tree Conference and Urban ReLeaf Conference, in the beautiful city of Dundee, Scotland. The theme this year is 'Turning data into action, in and around the urban forest'. The 2024 i-Tree and Urban ReLeaf conferences will provide a great opportunity to connect with experts and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines: municipalities, citizen associations, civil society organisations, businesses, authoritative data agencies, urban planners, architects, and more.