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IUFRO Workshop, ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS ON

Paul van Gardingen PAULVG at srv0.bio.ed.ac.uk
Wed Jan 24 17:54:26 EST 1996


WORKSHOP ON

FORESTS AT THE LIMIT:  ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS ON
FOREST FUNCTION




Sunday 11 - Saturday 17 May 1997


Skukuza
Kruger National Park
Mpumalanga Province
South Africa


IUFRO Subject Groups S2.01-12 (Canopy Processes) and 
S2.01-15 (Whole Plant Physiology)




BACKGROUND
You are cordially invited to participate in the next in a series of international
workshops affiliated to the Canopy Processes (S2.01-12) and Whole Plant
Physiology (S2.01-15) Working Groups of IUFRO.  This workshop will, for the first
time, be held in South Africa, and will be organized by the Division for Water,
Environment and Forestry Technology of the CSIR.  This division supports active
forestry research programmes in the fields of tree improvement, forest
management, applied silviculture, environmental management, land-use and
hydrology, timber utilization, and forestry for rural development.

Forestry in South Africa is based on savanna woodlands (47 million ha), native
closed-canopy forest (328 000 ha) and 1.4 million ha of commercial plantations (1.4
million ha).  The latter presently yields approximately 16 million m3 of wood per
year, provides employment to an estimated 275 000 people, and contributes
significantly to the national economy.  Forestry is currently playing a critical role in
the accelerated development of rural South Africa, by providing affordable energy
and building material to rural households, by contributing to sustainable agriculture
and environmental rehabilitation, and by providing raw materials to a wide range of
small businesses.

Forest researchers in South Africa face huge, new challenges.  Improved
understanding of a wide range of tree physiological processes and canopy
processes is required to maximize sustainable productivity, and to minimize
environmental impacts of plantations.  It is hoped that the setting of this workshop
will stimulate useful discussions on a wide range of forestry issues relevant to the
development of forestry in South Africa.

DATES
The workshop will be held from Sunday late afternoon 11 May 1997 to Friday
evening 16 May, with departure on Saturday morning 17 May 1997.


VENUE
The venue for the workshop will be Skukuza, the principal rest camp in the Kruger
National Park.  The Park, which is approximately 1.2 million ha in area, is located in
the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa ("Mpumalanga" - where the sun rises). 
There is an airport at Skukuza as well as in the nearest large town, Nelspruit.  Daily
early-morning and late-afternoon game-viewing will be arranged.

Mpumalanga includes the largest tracts of South African commercial forestry, as
well as indigenous forests and savanna woodlands.  The Kruger Park is within easy
driving distance of the escarpment, where most of the plantations and forests
occur.
THEME AND FORMAT OF WORKSHOP
The workshop will provide a multi-disciplinary forum for forest scientists working in
ecology, physiology, biophysics and genetics to interact and to share with each
other the latest research results in their fields.

The theme of the workshop will be "Forests at the limit: environmental constraints
on forest function".  Four sub-themes have been chosen, one for each day of
workshop presentations:
_     Forest water use
_     Carbon, nutrient and water interactions
_     Tropical forests, woodlands and savannas
_     Responses to stress.

The workshop format has been structured to allow maximum participation by, and
interaction between, delegates.  As such, the largest number of presentations will
be in poster format, in well-organised poster sessions.  This will stimulate more
discussion than orally presented papers, and will allow useful and active interaction
between the presenters and their audience.  Parallel poster sessions are possible.


CALL FOR PAPERS
Poster presentations:  10-minute presentations of assembled poster material
during poster sessions

Oral presentations:  20-minute presentations during plenary sessions

Papers should clearly focus on one of the four workshop sub-themes.  The
Organising Committee will select papers on the basis of relevance to the workshop
sub-themes.  Preference will be given to poster presentations.

Abstracts of up to 500 words should be submitted to the Workshop Secretariat by
22 April 1996.  Abstracts should clearly specify the workshop sub-theme for which
the paper is intended, and whether the paper is for poster or oral presentation. 

Authors of accepted papers should be prepared to submit an extended abstract of
their papers (up to 2 000 words) in camera-ready format in advance of the
workshop.

Full papers will be submitted for publication in a suitable journal.


EXCURSIONS
A one-day mid-workshop excursion to nearby escarpment plantations and
indigenous forests will be included in the registration fee.

Optional three-day pre-workshop topical excursions in Mpumalanga and
KwaZulu-Natal Provinces to focus on the workshop sub-themes will be arranged at
additional cost.  Groups will be small (12 people maximum) and will be
accompanied by local experts.

Comprehensive tourist information will be supplied to all workshop participants well
in advance of the workshop for those who wish to travel elsewhere in South Africa
and the sub-continent.


ACCOMPANYING PERSONS' PROGRAMME
Given enough interest, a programme for accompanying persons' will be arranged. 
Interesting cultural, environmental, social and development projects and sites in the
vicinity of the Kruger National Park will be visited.


REGISTRATION AND REPLIES
The registration fee for the workshop will include workshop materials,
accommodation and meals, transport from local airports, transport within the Park
and a one-day field excursion.  The fee will be announced in the second
announcement, but will be in line with the fee for similar workshops held elsewhere
in the world.

Please complete the enclosed reply form and return it to the Workshop Secretariat
by no later than 22 April 1996.


ENQUIRIES
Technical enquiries

Dr Peter Dye
Forestek, CSIR
Private Bag X11227
NELSPRUIT
1200
Tel: +27 1311 43864
Fax: +27 1311 43869
Email: pdye at .csir.co.za

General enquiries

Ms Tisha Greyling/Ms Vanessa Daniel
IUFRO Workshop Secretariat
P O Box 95823
WATERKLOOF
0145
Tel: +27 12 346 1517
Fax: +27 12 46 7909
Email: liaison at cis.co.za REPLY FORM: IUFRO WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS ON FOREST
FUNCTION

Please tear off, complete and return in an envelope by no later than 22 April 1996 to:
      The Secretariat
      IUFRO WORKSHOP ON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS ON FOREST FUNCTION
      P O Box 95823
      WATERKLOOF
      0145
      Fax: +27 12 46 7909

I WISH TO RECEIVE FURTHER INFORMATION
PERSONAL DETAILS:

Title (Prof/Dr/Mrs/Miss/Ms), initials and surname  . . . . . . . . 
Affiliation (name of organisation/department)  . . . . . . . . . . 
Postal/mailing address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Postal code . . . . . 
Telephone number (. . .) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
Facsimile number (. . .) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
Electronic mail network address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

I INTEND TO SUBMIT A *PAPER/*POSTER PRESENTATION WITH THE FOLLOWING
PROVISIONAL TITLE:
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AND ENCLOSE AN ABSTRACT OF ABOUT 300 WORDS (NOT MORE THAN ONE PAGE)
*Delete whichever is not applicable.

PREFERRED FIELD TRIPS TO FORESTRY AREAS:
Please circle your preference

1.    Mpumalanga      2.   KwaZulu-Natal
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Dr Paul van Gardingen             Institute of Ecology
                                  & Resource Management
E-mail: P.vangardingen at ed.ac.uk   The University of Edinburgh
Phone:  +44 (0)131 535 4066       School of Agriculture
                                  West Mains Road
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