IUFRO Landscape Ecology conference 2015 was held in Tartu, Estonia

Urmas Peterson | 24.08.2015

Supported by the IALE-IUFRO Group the forest landscape community met in Tartu from August 23 to August 27, 2015.

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The biannual conference of the 8.01.02 IUFRO Working Party,gathering 200 participants, with seven keynote addresses, 12 symposia, eight open sessions, and a poster session. The conference was organized by Tartu Observatory, University of Tartu and Estonian University of Life Sciences.

Presentations and exchanges focused on many aspects of sustaining ecosystems services from forest landscapes, e.g. mapping technologies, spatial patterns, planning approaches, management strategies, challenges and opportunities, conserving biodiversity, and cultural and aesthetic values.  Also addressed were the topics of adapting to climate change, abating pollution, role of natural and anthropogenic disturbances, and enhancing ecological resilience while providing an array of ecosystems services in forest landscapes. 

A key theme that emerged from the proceedings was the necessity to broaden the scope of planning horizon towards a landscape-scale perspective. Even though this approach is complex and involves socio-economic issues having important policy implications, landscape-scale appears to offer the best opportunity for sustained provision of ecosystem services.  Also, it was broadly recognized that collecting information and managing key initiatives like: education, knowledge transfer, conflict resolution, and adaptive management are important fundamentals to the success of sustaining ecosystem services in forest landscapes around the World.

The integrative and pluralistic framework of landscape ecology may substantially facilitate the management and conservation of the forests. A landscape perspective is needed whenever landscape spatial patterns can be expected to have a significant effect on forest use efficiency and sustainability. The studies presented in this conference have demonstrated that management and conservation of forest ecosystems should not exclusively occur at a single scale, and that studies must be conducted at different scales to encompass whole landscapes to fully understand critical patterns within landscapes and their reciprocal interrelationships through the different natural and anthropic processes. 

Additional info: Urmas Peterson, urmas.peterson@to.ee
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