Transformation of forest use that is occurring in response to the pressures of globalization, population growth, resource scarcity and ecological degradation (“the challenges") is the main topic of the conference that will take place in Posadas, Argentina next October. Biodiversity is essential to human well-being, but people have been reducing biodiversity throughout human history. Loss of species and degradation of ecosystems are likely to further accelerate in the coming years. Our understanding of this crisis is now clear, and world leaders have pledged to avert it. Nonetheless, global goals to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss have mostly not been achieved. However, many examples of conservation success show that losses can be halted and even reversed. Building on these lessons to turn the tide of biodiversity loss will require bold and innovative action to transform historical relationships between human populations and nature.
Forests and forest landscapes worldwide have to face global change, including:
In the face of these challenges, there is an increasing need for forest ecosystems and forest landscapes adapted and adaptive to varying demands on ecosystem services and changing environments. The next IUFRO conference on Forested landscape in transformation organized by INTA, Argentina will focus on these challenges and operational solutions to generate insights about the pathways that can be adopted to encourage a sustainable transformation in forest resource use.