International Symposium on "Multi-Purpose Forestry: Managing and Enhancing Ecosystem Services and Production Functions of Forests, Woodlands and Trees Outside the Forests"

Dehra Dun GAForN
(Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India)

Date and Venue: 9 - 13 November 2009, Dehradun, India

The German Forestry Alumni Network (GAForN) is proud to announce its second international Symposium on "Multi-Purpose Forestry: Managing and Enhancing Ecosystem Services and Production Functions of Forests, Woodlands and Trees Outside the Forests" to be held at Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, India. The symposium is being jointly organized by the Center for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture and Forestry (CeTSAF), Georg-August University Göttingen, Germany; University of Dresden, Tharandt, Germany and the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun, India with the financial support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) targeting the scientists and practitioner German Alumni from the Asia-Pacific region.


As a consequence of global changes, modern forestry has been facing multiple challenges over the past decades, many of them in the context of conflicts over priorities of forest uses and forest services, including the production of wood and non-wood forest products, the conservation of biodiversity, the sequestration of carbon, the protection of water and soil.

Forests contribute in many ways to human well-being, and many of these contributions can be enhanced by intelligently managing the forest resource. Sustainable management of forests is an art that requires, among other factors, scientific knowledge, practical experience, and a way of economic thinking that balances short- and long-term expectations.

International networking and sharing of experiences is among the most crucial sources of spreading and advancing sustainable forest management. The German Alumni Forest Network has the objective to foster this type of networking, which is also the background for this symposium. In this symposium we focus on the highly diverse functions of forests both as an ecosystem and a resource, where some particular aspects are to be highlighted.

Thematic scope

This symposium has major four thematic focus:

  • Multi-purpose forestry;
  • Ecosystem services;
  • Non-wood forest products (NWFP); and
  • Trees outside forests (TOF);

In addition to the oral presentations and discussion session, there will be ample time for discussions and exchange during the group works and field trips.


The participants should be graduates from German Universities and/or former DAAD scholarship holders, preferably from the Universities of Göttingen and Dresden and from Indian Universities (Alumni) that are involved in academic teaching and research in the corresponding fields of managing forested landscapes and the forest resource. GAForN members are especially encouraged to participate.

Registration, costs and support

This symposium is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD-Deutscher Akademischer Ausstauschdienst). Travel and accommodation of all the selected participants will be fully covered by the organizers.

Important Deadlines

27th July 2009: abstract submission; in English language, up to 300 words; 4-5 key words. Please submit your abstract to Abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee. Along with the abstract, please also submit the details of your passport (nationality, passport number, date and place of issue and date of expiry).

24th August 2009: Notification to invited participants. The Symposium organizers will cover their travel cost according to the regulations of DAAD. Travel grantees commit themselves to hand in their full papers (5 pages max.) by 15 September 2009 30th September 2009, so that the Symposium’s documents can be prepared accordingly.

For details, Download Call for Papers of the 2nd GAForN International Symposium 2009 in India.

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