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 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 of 2016

  • We maintained a lot of communication between our IUFRO WG and IALE authorities, discussing several actions for the present year. According to the outputs of our last WG meeting at Tartu (Estonia) in 23-30 August 2015 (, we organize two meetings in the framework of the thematic group IUFRO-IALE.
  • We actively collaborated in the organization of the World Congress of Silvopastoral Systems ( in Evora (Portugal) during 27-30 September 2016. Our group actively participate in the developed activities of the Congress, including evaluation and symposia organization.
  • We organized a joint IUFRO-IALE meeting at Temuco (Chile) during 28 November to 2 December 2016 ( I attached the full report of this meeting, as well as some photos. This meeting represent a great effort with two special considerations: (a) we continue the Latin-America IALE meetings (the first one was in 2009 at Campos do Jordao, Brazil), and (b) we widespread the landscape ecology through Latin-America. We expect to organize another meeting of this kind during 2018 (Costa Rica or Uruguay, we will decide during 2017).
  • We discussed with several representative of IUFRO WG the chance to promote the organization of new IALE chapters. We expect that new IALE chapters will be created during 2017.

Expected Activities of 2017

  • We expect to organize several symposia in the framework of the IALE-IUFRO thematic groups, including the IUFRO LE 2017 (, which will be organized with several IALE members (e.g Christine Fürst).
  • We expect to define the next IUFRO-IALE Latin America meetings during 2017, and start with the lunch of the call of the new congress.
  • We expect to create new IALE chapters with the help of IUFRO members across the World (e.g. Colombia and Guatemala).
  • We expect to increase the collaboration inside the IUFRO WG LE of some IALE groups that are more related to forests, e.g. we already start some collaboration proposals with Brazil and Portugal groups.

Looking forward for you proposal of further activities and inputs: 
Dolors Armenteras
Departamento de Biología, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Bogotá D.C (Código Postal 111321), Colombia
email: darmenterasp<at>


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