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Global Vision of Forestry in the 21st Century

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30 September - 3 October 2006

Toronto, Canada

You will be happy to know that the Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, will be celebrating its 100 years in 2007.

We believe that the next 100 years will be quite different than the last 100 years. The 21st century will be probably known as the era of environmentalism, natural capitalism, scientific integration, globalization, and participatory governance. Naturally, in this new era, the conceptual framework of forest resource management will be different than its existing framework. Hence, the Faculty of Forestry, on the occasion of its Centennial Celebrations, has taken up a challenge to develop a comprehensive Global Vision of Forestry in the 21st Century. The vision will be developed through an International Congress on this subject, and the Congress will be held on September 30-October 3, 2007 in Toronto, Canada. 

The Congress organisers would like to have inputs from every one who is concerned with the future state of our global forests, environment, and society. The organisers aim to bring invited speakers, poster presenters, and participants from all interested groups such as policy makers, forest managers, judges and legal experts, Aboriginal people, scientists, and forestry experts from forest industry, and international and non-government organizations. The congress discussions will be organised under the following 3 themes and 8 sub-themes:

1. Global Challenges, Responsibilities and Leadership in Forestry:

1.1 Challenges and Responsibilities of Political Leadership and Governance Structures
1.2 Challenges and Responsibilities of Constitutional, Legal and Policy Experts.  
1.3 Challenges and Responsibilities of the Business Community
1.4 Challenges and Responsibilities of Civil Society 

2. Frontiers of Science and a Healthy and Diverse Forest Environment

2.1 The Forest Environment, its Diversity and Productivity, and Scientific Challenges  
2.2 Human Health and the Forest

3. Cultures, Markets and Sustainable Societies

3.1 Markets and Sustainable Societies  
3.2 Culture, Ethics, and Sustainable Societies


We have already issued our "First Announcement and Call for Abstracts", and it is available at our website:   http://www.forestry.utoronto.ca/centennial/int_congress.htm

The last date for submission of abstracts is Nov 30, 2006.You may like to submit your abstract

We would also request you to circulate this information among other members of your organization and any one else who may be interested in this Congress. If you have any question, please feel free to contact me.

Prof. Shashi Kant
Chair, Organising Committee
Faculty of Forestry
University of Toronto
33 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5S 3B3

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