MayAnnual GCFF programme conference and field trip
Annual GCFF programme conference and field trip
12-13 May 2016, Novotel Hotel, Auckland Airport
Further details are available on the GCFF website.
MayForest Ecosystem Services (FES) Forum
Title: Forest Ecosystem Services (FES) Forum – “Current perspectives on FES: Issues and pathways to implementation”
Date: Tuesday 24 May 2016, 9 am – 4 pm
Location: Te Papa, Wellington
Registration fee: $50. Please register by Tuesday 10 May. Please note that presenters do not need to register.
New Zealand forests provide a wide range of values to society from timber production to climate regulation, recreation, biodiversity conservation and improved water quality. There has been a growing recognition of the wider benefits or ecosystem services provided by both conservation and production forests in policy and investment decisions. Initiatives to enhance and account for ecosystem services have already started while opportunities and challenges in incorporating these in policy decision making have been noted.
The theme for the 5th Forest Ecosystem Services (FES) forum is “Current perspectives on FES: Issues and pathways to implementation”. This year’s forum will consider what has been happening globally, nationally and locally when it comes to recognising and enhancing ecosystem service values in policy and investment decision making. The forum will have national and international presenters with research, industry and policy backgrounds (see draft agenda for more details).
We expect about 60 participants from across New Zealand including representatives from national government agencies, regional councils, forest and other primary industries, research organisations and academic institutions.
If you are interested, presentations from previous FES forums in 2012 – 2015 are available.
For enquiries regarding the forum programme please contact: Richard Yao firstname.lastname@example.org; Ph 07 343 5747.
JunDouglas-fir Breeding Workshop
To provide an international perspective for this workshop Dr Glenn Howe from Oregon State University will present on the “Possibilities of genomics in Douglas-fir breeding” and how we might best initiate the use of this technology in our existing programmes.
Other speakers will present the current breeding programme, proposed updates to this plan including the potential role of genomics and other new technologies in accelerating genetic gain. An overview of Douglas-fir wood production and use will be provided.
Who will benefit?
All forest managers who grow or manage Douglas-fir processors and end users of Douglas-fir structural wood products.