Forest Change 2014

International Conference · 2nd - 4th April 2014 · Freising / Germany

International Conference - Forest Change 2014

FChange 2014 is a conference of the IUFRO unit  4.02.00  Forest resources inventory and monitoring.


Forests still cover 31% (~4 billion hectares) of our planet’s land cover. Hence, major challenges are connected with the management and preservation of forest ecosystems. Mitigation and adaptation strategies towards climate change, food and energy security for a growing population, as well as conservation of ecosystem services, they all potentially change forest area and structure.

As an example, forest cover changes already contribute 12-15% of the world’s annual carbon emissions associated with the loss of biodiversity and many environmental services. Still major problems exist in providing accurate estimates of forest cover and quality change. However, this would form an important precondition to implement incentives for developing countries to stop deforestation. Moreover, efforts to mitigate or even stop losing natural forests must be well harmonized with the agricultural sector, because the world is also facing a by 50 to 70% increased food demand in 2050. For the FChange-Conference paper and poster contributions to the provided keynotes are welcome:

  • Terrestrial Survey Methods
  • Remote Sensing Survey Methods
  • Ecosystem and Environmental Services
  • Biophysical + Natural Drivers of Forest Change
  • Anthropogenic Drivers of Forest Change
  • Management Systems & Concepts
  • Management Paradigms

Its a pleasure to welcome following keynote speakers:

  • Joseph Buongiorno, Class of 1933 Bascom Emeritus Professor, John N. McGovern WARF Emeritus Professor, Russell Labs, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • Timothy G. Gregoire, J. P. Weyerhaeuser, Jr., Professor of Forest Management, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, New Haven, USA
  • Sven Wunder, Principal Scientist (Economist), Conservation and development trade-offs, Center for International Forestry Research, CIFOR, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Ben Phalan, Zukerman Junior Research Fellow, King’s College, Zoology, School of the Biological Sciences, University of Cambridge, England
  • Carola Paul, Scientist, Sustainable land use concepts in the tropics, Technische Universität München, Germany