Participants in the Field Tour for the 15th IBFRA Conference held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, August 2011
- Act as a global window for boreal ecosystem and related research
- Contribute to sustainable development within the boreal ecoregion
- Create a forum for communication and information exchange
- to promote and coordinate fundamental and applied research related to boreal forest ecosystems
- to promote dissemination of research results, transfer of new technology, and new methods
- to further increase the understanding of the role of boreal forests
IBFRA links boreal forest researchers from Canada, Russia, the USA, and Europe for the promotion and coordination of boreal forest research.
The 16th International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA) Conference was held from October 7 to 10, 2013, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
The conference theme was: "Boreal Forests at Risk: From Boreal Science to Public Policy"
The conference was hosted by Natural Resources Canada and the University of Alberta with sponsorship from several other organizations, including the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). About 230 attendees participated from eleven countries. Plenary and parallel sessions accommodated 75 oral presentations and an equal number of posters. The meeting organisers were Susan Conard, IBFRA president, and Werner Kurz of the Canadian Forest Service and Phil Comeau of the University of Alberta, members of the IBFRA Steering Group.
The opening keynote talk by Francis Zwiers, IPCC WG1 vice-chair, drew a vivid portrait of the state of knowledge on climate change. Other keynote presentations were given by Jill Johnstone, on ecosystem inertia and resilience, and by Fiona Schmiegelow, on the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. Some of the key points from the large array of presentations were that the current complex forest management problems can only be addressed using multiple sources of data and integrated systems approaches, that adaptive management is still an unfulfilled promise because of the absence of follow-up monitoring, and that the increases in seasonal atmospheric CO2 oscillations indicate a yet-to-be-identified increasing carbon sink at high latitudes. After a short conference synthesis, the meeting ended with presentations from the leaders of forest management and research agencies of most circumboreal nations followed by a period of questions and answers.
The conference program, including pdf files of many of the presentations, is posted at http://www.ualberta.ca/~pcomeau/IBFRA2013/presentations.html. Selected papers will be submitted for a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. In addition, the first four of eight papers in the Boreal Synthesis Series of the Canadian Forest Service that were presented at the IBFRA conference were published in the December 2013 issue of Environmental Reviews. The titles are:
- Impacts and prognosis of natural resource development on aquatic biodiversity in Canada's boreal zone
- Carbon in Canada's boreal forest — A synthesis
- Canadian boreal forests and climate change mitigation
- Anticipating the consequences of climate change for Canada's boreal forest ecosystems
These papers are available at: http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/toc/er/21/4.
IBFRA is also pleased to announce the selection of Rasmus Astrup of the Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute as its new president.
Pierre Bernier, Werner Kurz, Susan Conard, IBFRA Steering Group