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Urban Forest Update – February 2009

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009



12th European Forum on Urban Forestry – Call for abstracts

 Arnhem, The Netherlands, 27-30 May 2009

 Arnhem is a city rich in old and new green spaces, situated at the fringe of the Veluwe, the largest (and heavily visited) forest and nature area of The Netherlands.  In 2008 Arnhem has been granted as the Greenest city of the Netherlands. The 12th EFUF will have as title: “Urban forestry – Working together for green city values”. Abstracts for oral presentations are solicited under four sub-themes:

  1. Green city marketing – how can urban forests and other green spaces be used to promote cities?
  2. Children and nature  how do we develop urban forests that promote use by children and youths, e.g. for educational and health purposes?;
  3. Participatory urban forestry  sharing experiences about collaboration between planners, managers, interest groups and residents;
  4. Strategic and innovative urban forestry  how to we successfully develop urban forests for the future, linking up to major political agendas, using concepts such as green infrastructure, marketing of green values, etc.?

Abstracts of up to 300 words and with full authors details should be submitted to Mr. John Raggers, john.raggers@wur.nl, no later than March 11, 2009.

The EFUFs programme will start with an ice-breaker at Tuesday 26 May (evening) and end on Saturday 30 May with an excursion of the Veluwe forest region. Further information (e.g. on how to register) will soon become available from http://www.arnhem.nl/content.jsp?objectid=69936.


International conference Landscape Design in the City: Historical Landscapes in the Modern Era

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1-3 June 2009

St. Petersburg is the most European city in Russia with numerous historical landscapes under UNESCO protection.  At the same time St. Petersburg is one of the largest Russian and European megapolises that experiences all the problems of a modern city and consequences of integration in a global market system. The theme of this conference will allow discussion of very broad questions for example European Influence in Russian monuments of garden art, Methods of Historical landscape restoration: international and Russian experience, Life of historical landscapes in the era of market economy and globalisation: positive and negative experiences, Search of historical landscape integration into modern landscapes and Historical landscapes as an inspiration for modern landscape architecture. For more information about this event, contact Dr. Maria Ignatieva at ignatiem@lincoln.ac.nz.


15th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM 2009)- Call for abstracts

Vienna, Austria, 5-8 July 2009

Abstracts for this event, titled Meet Old and New Worlds in Research, Planning and Management, are due 9 February 2009. Check out the events web-site, with information about transportation, accommodations, post-conference field trips and the spousal program: http://www.issrm09.info. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the organisers at issrm09@boku.ac.at.


ECLAS Conference 2009 – Call for abstracts

Genoa, Italy, 23-27 September 2009

This year’s conference of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools will have as its theme Landscape & Ruins – Planning and Design for the Regeneration of Derelict Places. Deadline for abstracts is 23 February 2009; abstracts should be addressed to: eclas2009@arch.unige.it. Read more about the conference at http://www.eclas.org/eclas-conference-details.php?mode=next.


XIII World Forestry Congress – Call for abstracts

Buenos Aires, 18-25 October 2009

The XIII World Forestry Congress (WFC) will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 18-25 October 2009. This Congress can provide a good opportunity to keep high the attention on the role of “Forest and Trees for Healthy Cities  Improving Livelihoods and Environment for All”. There will be several sessions with attention for urban forestry and forests-health links. Hence you are encouraged to submit abstracts of your studies and research to the organizers of the Congress. ABSTRACTS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY 15 FEBRUARY 2009. Abstracts should be submitted following the instructions provided on the Congress website: www.wfc2009.org. If the automatic system for uploading the abstracts doesn’t work, please send to: WFC-XIII@fao.org.

The following items should be included: 1) Type of presentation (voluntary paper); 2) Thematic session (in relation with the programme of the WFC); 3) Title; 4)  Author(s); 5) E-mail and mailing addresses of the main author; 6) Abstract (minimum 300 words  maximum 400 words); 7) Between 3 and 5 keywords. Texts must be written in one of the three official languages of the Congress (English, French or Spanish). Abstracts submitted in other languages will not be taken into consideration. The acceptance of abstracts does not imply that the papers will be presented orally at the Congress. The decision of the reviewing committee to this effect will only be taken once the review of the full papers is completed. The authors whose abstracts have been accepted must submit the full papers before 31 May 2009.

 he World Forestry Congress serves as a forum for governments, universities, civil society and the private sector to exchange views and experiences and to formulate recommendations for implementation of environmentally friendly forest policies at national, regional and global levels. The Congress also provides an opportunity for the sector to produce an overview of the state of forests and forestry in order to discern trends, adapt policies and raise awareness of issues among decision-makers, the public and other parties concerned.



Journal Urban Forestry & Urban Greening publishes first issue of 2009

This scientific journals first issue of Volume 8 is now available online, at www.sciencedirect.com. This issue includes articles on, for example, a decision support system for urban tree planting programs, a new management regime for public green spaces in the Nordic countries, and on exogenous applications of carbohydrates on the growth and vitality of live oaks. As always, new papers are very welcome -  submit at http://ees.elsevier.com/ufug.


Arboriculture and Urban Forestry  - Special issue resulting from ISA-IUFRO event on urban forest structure

A recent special issue of the scientific journal Arboriculture and Urban Forestry focuses on urban forest structure. This issue, compiled by IUFRO Urban Forestry deputy coordinator David Nowak, includes papers presented during a special co-organised by IUFRO at the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) 2008 Congress. For a table of contents, see http://joa.isa-arbor.com/articles.asp?JournalID=1&VolumeID=34&IssueID=6.  IUFRO Urban Forestry and ISA have agreed to jointly host future events of this type as well. For more information, contact David Nowak at dnowak@fs.fed.us.


New book: European Forest Recreation and Tourism, edited by Simon Bell et al.

This new handbook draws on an EU-wide project (COST E33) which over the last four years has collected the expertise of more than 80 professionals and academics, from 24 countries in Europe, on forest recreation and nature tourism research, planning and management. It brings together the most up to date, state of the art knowledge and makes it available to policy makers, planners, managers and students. For more information, see http://www.routledgesport.com/books/European-Forest-Recreation-and-Tourism-isbn9780415443630.


ArborNews Asia  Electronic newsletter

You can download the latest issue of this interesting newsletter on developments and activities in Asian arboriculture and urban forestry (winter 2008) from http://www.asiatreepreservation.com/images/2008%20December%20ARBORNews%20Asia.pdf.


New book: How to put nature into neighborhoods, by Maria Ignatieva et al.

Low Impact Urban Design and Development (LIUDD) is a sustainable living concept. Urban sustainability and health are achieved through effective management of stormwater, waste, energy, transport and ecosystem services. The greening of cities by planting ecologically with local species is also a vital part of the overall well being of ecosystems and citizens. Biodiversity or nature heritage contributes to enduring sense of place or identity – a key element of nationhood. This manual is for the town dweller, developer, landscape designer and planner – and provides practical applications from nearly a decade of LIUDD research across New Zealand. It summarizes and links to information regarding the physical and built environment, but its focal point is nature heritage and overcoming attrition and critical loss. For information on how to obtain this book, published as Landcare Research Science Series No. 35, contact Maria Ignatieva at ignatiem@lincoln.ac.nz.


Paper on Low Impact Urban Design and Development (LIUDD): matching urban design and urban ecology

This article by Ignatieva, Stewart and Meurk was recently published in Landscape Review (12(2). For obtaining a copy of this paper, contact Maria Ignatieva at ignatiem@lincoln.ac.nz.