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Environmental Constrainsta on Forest Function, IUFRO Workshop 1997

Paul van Gardingen p.vangardingen at ed.ac.uk
Wed Jan 24 18:01:07 EST 1996


First circular and call for papers


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, forestmanagement, applied silviculture, environmental 
management, land-use andhydrology, 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 contributessignificantly 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 
workshopwill stimulate useful discussions on a wide range of forestry 
issues relevant to thedevelopment 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 
KrugerNational 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, aswell 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 inecology, 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, 
andinteraction 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 whichthe 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 theworkshop.

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 atadditional cost.  Groups will be small (12 people maximum) and 
will beaccompanied 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:
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

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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