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Largest forest research conference worldwide opens this week in Salt Lake City

Bioversity International researcher Judy Loo to present at IUFRO Congress in Salt Lake City. Credit: IUFRO

Forest genetic resources researcher Judy Loo joins more than 2,500 scientists gathering 5-11 October at the 24th IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States.

Bioversity International’s forest genetic resources researcher Judy Loo joins scientists gathering 5-11 October at the 24th IUFRO World Congress in Utah, US.

About 2,500 forest scientists from around the world have converged in Salt Lake City for a week of sharing information and ideas. The IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) World Congress occurs every five years stretching back for more than a century. This year’s Congress aims to showcase the scientific expertise and activities in current forest research to address the range of sustainability challenges and opportunities.

"Forests and trees play a critical role in the sustainable development of human societies worldwide. The 24th IUFRO World Congress takes place one year before a new United Nation's post-2015 development agenda will be launched and the Sustainable Development Goals come into effect. Forests and their appropriate management are crucial to achieving these goals, and for this endeavor we need the best available knowledge and a solid base of scientific forest data," said John Parrotta, IUFRO Officeholder and Chair of the Congress Scientific Committee at the opening of the event.

Judy Loo, Theme Leader on Forest Genetic Resources, is proud to represent Bioversity International’s research as, “this year's theme ‘Sustaining Forests, Sustaining People: The Role of Research’ fits very well with Bioversity International's forest-related research for development themes.”

Bioversity International’s side event Implementing a Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources will take place on 10 October from 19:00-21:00. Judy Loo will present an overview of  the first ever report on The State of the World’s Forest Genetic Resources and the associated Global Plan of Action for Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources.

The event will also highlight how current research addresses some of the 27 Strategic Priorities of the Global Plan of Action. Speakers, Yousry El-Kassaby from Canada, Silvio Schueler from Austria and Emmanuel Opuni-Frimpong from Ghana will present their research in a context that addresses three of the Strategic Priorities for Action:

  • Strategic Priority 15: Promote appropriate use of emerging technology to support the conservation, development and sustainable use of forest genetic resources.
  • Strategic Priority 14: Support climate change adaptation through proper management and use of forest genetic resources.
  • Strategic Priority 16: Develop and reinforce research programmes on tree breeding, domestication and bioprospection to unlock the full potential of forest genetic resources.

Informative materials and resources on forest genetic resources and Bioversity International's role in forest genetics research will be displayed in the Exhibition Hall.

Add Bioversity International’s session to your itinerary, visit the official congress website and follow the event on Twitter by using #IUFRO2014.