Socio-ecological conflicts in forest management: risks of (not) adapting?

Conference postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19

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This international conference will focus on the potential conflicts arising from divergent expectations of the forest by various stakeholders. In particular, society’s expectations can sometimes conflict with forest expectations in terms of ecology or economy. Thus, public access to a forest (construction of access roads, recreational areas, etc.) may be facilitated to the detriment of biodiversity preservation. However, expectations can also converge since society is increasingly inclined to use wood material and this is in line with the economic expectations placed on the forest sector.

Interests can be convergent or divergent among the various actors in society, and that is why we find it interesting to address this issue within the conference. The risks associated with conflict situations can generate inertia and “non-action”, which is not desirable in a context of climate change.

In fact, forests have a role to play in terms of mitigation and for that they must adapt. These conflicts could then generate “non-adaptation” or “bad adaptation”, which would be detrimental. This multidisciplinary topic should give rise to interesting and varied presentations.

The conference has the following specific objectives:

  • Modelling of natural hazards characteristics, frequency and intensity
  • Disturbances of biotic and abiotic agents in forests
  • Presenting approaches and tools to deal with risk and uncertainty in forest
  • Identifying potential obstacles and levers to forest adaptation
  • Dealing with behavioral components of decision making process
  • Trade offs (or not) between adaptation and other objectives such as mitigation
  • Acceptability of adaptation by the society at large
  • Economic efficiency of adaptation measures

The agenda includes sessions with keynote speakers, as well as presentations from other researchers.

The conference has been postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists, which promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees. IUFRO unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries, and is a member of ICSU.