Forests for People

Alpbach, Tyrol, Austria, May 22 - 24, 2012

This international and interdisciplinary conference organized under the auspices of IUFRO on "Forest for People" will be held on May 22-24th 2012 in the middle of the Austrian Alps in a Tyrolean Village. The aim of this conference is to build a systematic body of knowledge about “forest for people” and its various facets, including possible future trends and challenges. The main themes of the conference are:

  • Livelihoods - issues of agro-forestry, food security, fuels, poverty alleviation, and human dislocation
  • Health, Recreation and Tourism - issues of human health, recreation and nature-based tourism
  • Urban and Rural Landscapes - issues of ecosystem services, economic benefit and development, spaces and places for living
  • Culture and Education - issues of perceptions of forests, spiritual character, education, historical tradition and practice, communication and governance


The conference is addressed to forest managers, scientists, science administrators, policy makers and the interested public audience. The conference is organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) Vienna, Department of Landscape, Spatial and Infrastructure Sciences.

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