Invitation to Attend
On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee and the IFA Executive, I extend a warm welcome to you to attend IFA’s Biennial Conference to be held in the beautiful tropical city of Cairns in Far North Queensland from 14 - 17 August 2017.
The theme chosen for the conference is “Tropical Forestry: Innovation and Change in the Asia Pacific Region ". This theme taps into IFA’s broadened vision and reach promoted by the Foresters without Borders Initiative and recognises the rich history of Australian Foresters who have contributed to the development of the professional practice of Forestry in South East Asia and the Pacific. There are few countries in our region that have not been influenced by forestry leaders who have trained in Australia or Australian Foresters who have worked in the region. The conference location and focus also calls us to focus on Northern Australian Development and how and why forestry should be part of development initiatives that are canvassed in the 2015 Northern Australia White Paper.
Conference session themes to be developed by the organising committee to focus on forestry issues in northern Australia and the tropics will include:
- regional interconnections in managing tropical forests and commercial tropical forestry as well as the diversity of tropical and sub-tropical plantation species including southern pines, Araucaria, African mahogany, sandalwood, eucalypts and acacias
- Indigenous forestry opportunities and Northern Australian development
- early Savanah burning regimes and carbon and climate change initiatives
- conservation management in the tropics
- mining and forestry potential synergies
- biomass energy production in remote (off grid) locations
- processing and industry development activities.
As emphasised at the 2015 ANZIF Conference, forests and trees provide many benefits for the community: water, biodiversity conservation, scenic values, agricultural production, timber and firewood, land and soil conservation and jobs in timber production or tourism. Foresters provide the professional capacity to manage trees across public and private ownerships. The conference theme challenges us to apply this professional capacity to these diverse values of tropical forests and trees in the context of the needs of Northern Australia and our neighbouring Australasian and Pacific Island countries. This requires a broadened perspective about how Australian Foresters can make a difference in the tropics, in northern Australia and in the current practice of Forestry in the region. The sessions for the conference are designed to present and discuss these challenges and provide a platform to launch new horizons for our forestry profession to contribute to and influence the practice of forest management in Australasia and the Pacific.
Dr Kevin Harding, Chair of the Conference Organising Committee
We are pleased to announce Noel Pearson and Sandra Harding as keynote speakers for the IFA Conference 2017. Keep an eye out as we announce more speakers.
Abstracts related to the main theme for the conference Innovation and Change in the Asia Pacific Region are now sought. Key Dates to Remember *Last date...
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