The declaration aims to give forest science a stronger voice and ensure the contributions of forest science towards overcoming serious threats to forests are better heard. It identified deforestation and climate change as two of the most pressing problems worldwide and stated that ‘forest science needs to be bold and invest the policy arena’. This statement comes at a critical moment when evidence-based policies and action are more needed than ever.
The IUFRO World Congress, held in Brazil, showcased the richness of forest science and research, and its relevance to the sustainable development agenda. The congress was also a valuable opportunity to collectively reflect on forest science progress and new research frontiers. Participants shared latest research findings related to various topics such as ‘Forests and Forest Products for a Greener Future’, ‘Biodiversity, Environmental Services, and Biological Invasions’ and ‘Forests and Interactions with Soil and Water’.
FSC widely referenced at IUFRO congress
FSC – an IUFRO member – organized three sessions together with its partners, the Brazilian company Indústria Brasileira de Árvores and the IUFRO Sustainable Forest Products division. These sessions highlighted how certification contributed to responsible forest management.
FSC also participated in several other sessions, for example on gender in forestry and on conservation and certification in Russia. Researchers widely referenced FSC certification across various sessions, clearly showing FSC recognition by the scientific society.
FSC welcomed congress visitors for informal actions
Thirty-five researchers and certificate holders also reflected their interest for FSC certification during an informal “FSC Moment” organized to meet and share research interests and plans with FSC staff. Individual researchers expressed interest in elaborating improved Life Cycle Assessments – to assess the environmental aspects and potential impacts of forests operations and products – together with FSC. The International Forest Student Association also expressed their interest in research and educational material related to FSC.
Other participants requested more studies about the impact of FSC certification in the forests, and accessible information for lecturers. FSC is currently working on some material to meet these needs.
The “FSC Moment” guests could also taste delicious marmalades made with berries from FSC-certified Ukrainian forests.
FSC staff welcomed visitors to discuss research findings and needs in forests at the busy FSC information desk in the exhibition hall. Many FSC members and certificate holders also attended, as part of 2,600 researchers from 92 countries.