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IUFRO Division 4.04.07 Risk analysis

Socio-ecological conflicts in forest management : risks of (not) adapting ?

 1st - 3rd of July 2020

Nancy, FRANCE   

This international conference will focus on the potential conflicts emanating from the divergences in terms of expectations towards the forest, from various actors. In particular, society's expectations can sometimes be in conflict with forest expectations in terms of ecology or economy. Thus, public access to a forest can be facilitated (construction of access roads, recreational areas, etc.) to the detriment of the preservation of biodiversity. However, expectations can also converge. Thus, society is more and more inclined to use wood material and this is in line with the economic expectations that weigh on the forestry sector. The interests can thus be convergent or divergent between the various actors of the society, and that is why to approach this topic within the conference seems to us interesting. The risks associated with conflict situations can generate inertia and "non-action", which is undesirable in a context of climate change. Indeed, forests have a role to play in terms of mitigation and for this they must adapt. These conflicts could then generate "non-adaptation" or "bad adaptation", which would be harmful. This multi-disciplinary theme should lead to interesting and varied presentations.

The conference has the following specific objectives :

  • Modelling of natural hazards characteristics, frequency and intensity
  • Disturbances of biotic and abiotic agents in forests
  • Presenting approaches and tools to deal with risk and uncertainty in forest
  • Identifying potential obstacles and levers to forest adaptation
  • Dealing with behavioral components of decision making process
  • Trade offs (or not) between adaptation and other objectives such as mitigation
  • Acceptability of adaptation by the society at large
  • Economic efficiency of adaptation measures

The agenda includes sessions with keynote speakers as well as presentations from other researchers. The conference starts in Nancy 1st of July (full day conference), followed by a fieldtrip on the 2nd of July and ends the 3rd of July by a full day conference. 

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