The potential contribution of the forest sector to climate change mitigation
Werner Kurz, Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada), CANADA
Werner Kurz is a Senior Research Scientist at the Canadian Forest Service (Natural Resources Canada) in Victoria, BC. He leads the development of Canada’s National Forest Carbon Monitoring, Accounting and Reporting System and the Forest Carbon Management Project of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. His research focuses on carbon dynamics in forests and harvested wood products and the opportunities of the forest sector to contribute to climate change mitigation. Dr. Kurz co-authored six reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published over 125 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and many other reports. He serves as adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and at Simon Fraser University. He obtained his PhD in Forest Ecology from UBC and an honorary doctorate from the Swedish Land University.
The Earth System, the Anthropocene and the world’s forests
Will Steffen, The Australian National University and the Stockholm Resilience Centre, AUSTRALIA
Will Steffen is a Councilor on the publicly-funded Climate Council of Australia that delivers independent expert information about climate change, an Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, and a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, working with the Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) program, and is a member of the ACT Climate Change Council. He is chair of the jury for the Volvo Environment Prize and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Collective Action Research, Gothenburg University, Sweden. From 1998 to mid-2004, Steffen served as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, based in Stockholm, Sweden, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a member of the Anthropocene Working Group. His research interests span a broad range within the fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on incorporation of human processes in Earth System modelling and analysis; and on sustainability and climate change, particularly in the context of urban areas.
The perverse outcomes of incentives for forest conservation
Arun Agrawal, University of Michigan, USA
Arun Agrawal is Samuel Trask Dana Professor of Sustainability and Governance at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also currently coordinates the International Forestry Resources and Institutions network, and is the co-founder of the FLARE (Forests and Livelihoods) community of practice. In addition to teaching, Arun serves as the editor-in-chief of World Development. Arun is the author of Greener Pastures and Environmentality, and his research has appeared in American Political Science Review, Conservation Biology, Current Anthropology, Science, and World Development among other journals.
Restoration Forestry: Challenges and Opportunities for Foresters, Forests, and Landscapes
Robin Chazdon, University of Connecticut, USA
Robin Chazdon is a Research Professor at the University of Connecticut, USA; a Senior Research Associate with the International Institute for Sustainability, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; a Research Professor with the Tropical Forests and People Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia; and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado, USA. She studies the regeneration and restoration of tropical forests in human-modified landscapes. She is the Executive Director of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and the Director of PARTNERS (People and Reforestation in the Tropics), an interdisciplinary research coordination network. She has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers. Her book “Second growth: The promise of tropical forest regeneration in an age of deforestation” was published in 2014.
Hidden biodiversity and forest dynamics
Hojka Kraigher, Slovenian Forestry Institute, SLOVENIA
Hojka Kraigher, is the Head of Department for Forest Physiology and Genetics and of the Research Program Forest Biology, Ecology and Technology at the Slovenian Forestry Institute (http://en.gozdis.si/about/employees/?id=36). She is also an Associated Professor of Botany at the University of Ljubljana. Her expertise lies in physiology and ecology of forest trees and mycorrhiza, and in conservation of forest genetic resources. She coordinated the European Forest research and Innovation, EUFORINNO, dedicated to capacity building within the institute, and is at present coordinating a LIFE+ implementation project on development of a system for forest genetic monitoring “LIFEGENMON”. She has been authorized by the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Food to carry responsibility for the conservation of forest genetic resources and certification of the forest reproductive material, and has been the national coordinator of EUFORGEN since 1997. Moreover, she serves as the President of the Scientific Council for Biotechnical Sciences at the Slovenian Research Agency, and is the Scientific Advisor to the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in the field of forestry.