Emerging issues in forest science


  • Don K. Lee Seoul National University, Department of Forest Sciences
    Seoul 151-921, Republic of Korea
  • Niels E. Koch University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences
    Rolighedsvej 23, DK-1958 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
    phone: +45 353 31515, fax: +45 3533 1508
    e-mail: nek@life.ku.dk
  • John Innes University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry
    2424 Main Mall Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4
  • Peter Mayer Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape
    Seckendorff-Gudent-Weg 8, A-1131 Vienna, Austria


Major issues in forest science, such as climate change, bio-energy, biodiversity, and water, were assessed by IUFRO responsive to the broader scientific and policy communities to tackle more complex global environmental, social, and economic issues impacting forests. Other issues highlighted in this paper are forest health and forest genetics; forest modeling and operations engineering; challenges for mitigation and adaptation; public participation on decisions, research, and distribution of benefits; estimating ecosystem services, biofuels and biodiversity; societal issues, including health, food, poverty, urbanization, and lifestyle; educational change in structure and topics; and information and research administration. As forest science faced various challenges in the last few years, there is a need for interdisciplinary approaches and cross-sectoral collaboration. These interrelated and emerging key-issues, particularly climate change, biodiversity, bio-energy and water, are of strong interest to policy makers and groups inside and outside the forest sector. These will all be of high relevance to forest science and to IUFRO in the coming years, primarily for global collaboration.

Source Folia Forestalia Polonica, Series A – Forestry
Print ISSN 0071-6677
Online ISSN
Type of article
review article
Original title
Emerging issues in forest science
Publisher The Committee on Forestry Sciences and Wood Technology of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Forest Research Institute in Sekocin Stary
Date 18/03/2011


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