IUFRO Spotlight #76 - Transforming Forest Landscapes to Meet Current and Future Needs and Challenges
"Forest landscapes (FLs) are often the basis of local economies and social identity," said Professor Andreas Bolte, Head of Institute at the Thünen Institute of Forest Ecosystems in Eberswalde Germany. Dr. Bolte is coordinator of the IUFRO Task Force (TF) entitled: Transforming Forest Landscapes for Future Climates and Human Well-being.
The major goal of the Task Force is to develop practical pathways for FL transformation that lead to landscapes that better fulfill future needs of local stakeholders and society at large throughout the world.
As important as the multi-disciplinary areas of expertise of the TF researchers, is the aspect of translating global Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) concepts into local contexts. That is because all forests – and the societies that dwell in or near them and depend on them – are not the same.
Dr. Mercy Afua Adutwumwaa Derkyi, a deputy coordinator of the Task Force, agrees. "It's a major step to bridge the different cultures and ethnicities – and the different forests with their different stressors and management issues," she said. Dr. Derkyi is Dean of the School of Natural Resources and a senior lecturer at the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Sunyani, in the Bono Region of Ghana.
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