Scientific Summary 160 in IUFRO News Vol. 49, Issue 10, early November 2020
This IUFRO conference entitled "The social and ecological value added of small-scale forestry to the bio-economy" was held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It took place on 7-8 October 2020 hosted by EURAC Research, Bolzano, Italy, and offered 41 presentations, five speeches and welcome addresses including one by IUFRO President John Parrotta. The meeting attracted participants from 23 countries and involved IUFRO Units not only in Division 4, but also in Divisions 3, 5 and 9 as well as the Task Force ‘Unlocking the Bio-economy and Non-Timber Forest Products'.
The focus was mainly on interpreting and promoting the impact of forest bio-economy on the development of quality product markets and nature-based services and the concepts behind them: social innovation, product diversification, multi-functionality and the value added network of vertically and horizontally integrated economic stakeholders. The conference relates to Themes 1 and 3 of the IUFRO Strategy, "Forest for people" and "Forests and forest-based products for a greener future", respectively.
The conference contributed to the reduction of misinformation through internet and social media, which often leads to the undesired, undervalued and misused outcomes of forest science. The conference certainly increased the transparency, independence, accessibility, inclusivity, integrity and quality of forest science, which has never been more important than today, and is one of the key missions also of IUFRO.
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