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International Working Group on Forest Landscape Ecology IALE-IUFRO

The International IALE-IUFRO Working Group on Forest Landscape Ecology established in April 2007, during the IALE World Congress in Wageningen under the IALE (International Association of Landscape Ecology) and the IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Landscape Ecology Working Group (IUFRO-8.01.02) umbrella. This means that the working group has been approved and sanctioned by both IALE and IUFRO organisations in accordance with IALE statutes and IUFRO Directors approval. Since 2007, a new working group was created joining the forces of the existing IUFRO Landscape Ecology Group (IUFRO-8.01.02) with the IALE members interested in forest landscape ecology issues. Members of the IALE and the IUFRO-8.01.02 would be encouraged to join the Forest Landscape Ecology working group, thus creating the basis for solid advances of landscape ecology in both naturally disturbed and managed forest landscapes (including urban settings). The working group aims to collate landscape ecologists with an interest in forestry science and ecology including studies and methods for monitoring, planning, designing, and managing forest ecosystems and landscapes. The group promotes joining forces and participation from regional chapters of IALE and IUFRO members in the South and the North of the Globe. Therefore, members of the IUFRO-IALE working group, will be able to exchange experiences and share common needs and interests to build up on the strength of the network. As species and ecosystems are not contained by political boundaries, international cooperation is essential to ensure their preservation and sustainable management. This group will serve as an international platform for advocating and updating research and management on forest landscapes in the context of emerging issues, such as climate change and habitat fragmentation.

Objectives of the working group
This group intends to set up a collaborative framework crossing disciplines and cultural boundaries with the goal to contribute to the theoretical and empirical rationale for linking landscape ecology with current practices in forest landscapes monitoring, planning, design, and management. Within this general goal, the activity of the working group will be aimed at: (i) to encourage communication and interaction among IALE and IUFRO scientists with an interest in landscape ecology and forestry (including urban forestry); (ii) to foster landscape ecological applications and building capacity into developing countries, such as eastern Asia, southern America, and central Africa; (iii) to study and report findings addressing the planning and management of forest resources at ecosystems and landscape-scale levels; (iv) to develop a network of experts and practitioners with common interests that can facilitate the preparation of funded projects through EU and International funded programs to enhance landscape forest research North-South; and (v) to link forest interests in between scientists and practitioners. These aims will be accomplished by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas; creating and maintaining personal contacts between IALE and IUFRO members; promoting the dissemination of research results and activities through IALE bulletins or IUFRO newsletters; encouraging cooperation with international organizations, e.g., FAO, IUCN, UNESCO, UNEP-WCMC; UNEP-IPCC; promoting uniform nomenclature in forest landscape ecology; summoning periodic meetings (e.g., bi-annual conference); recognizing outstanding scientific and practical contributions; assisting in the application of scientific concepts; supporting the teaching of landscape ecology in institutions of higher learning.

Membership
Membership in the IALE working group would be open and free to all persons or institutions interested in or active in the study or the application of landscape ecology in forestry science including studies and methods for monitoring, planning, designing, and managing forest ecosystems and landscapes. Interested parties would only have to sign up to an online IUFRO WP registration form. Through registration, you became part of our database of scientists, practitioners and organizations and receive information via our server list. This e-mail list serves also the working group members to communicate globally and exchange information on funding opportunities, fellowships and advances in research among other key topics. In addition members receive information on upcoming events related to landscape ecological research from IUFRO and in particular from IUFRO-8.01.02.

Activities
We join forces every two years for the organization of the IUFRO Landscape Ecology WG conference. During 2015 the conference was organized at Tartu, Estonia (http://iufrole2015.to.ee), and the next conference will be organized at Antalya, Turkey in 2017. Also, we also will organize a joint event, the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Latin-American Congress and Second IALE Latin-American Congress (http://www.iufrole2016.ufro.cl) during October 2016. We also organize symposiums in the IALE WC, IUFRO WC and related meetings, and we prepare join publications and support IALE and IUFRO publications. Finally, ee support teaching activities before IALE & IUFRO related conferences, and we sponsor student fellowships to join IALE and IUFRO events. 

Looking forward for you proposal of further activities and inputs: 
 
Contact
Dr. Guillermo Martínez Pastur
Lab. of Agroforestry Resources (CADIC-CONICET). E-mail: gpastur(at)conicet.gov.ar
 
Website
https://iufrole.wordpress.com/iale-iufro-wg/

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