2012 ISTF Conference

Each January the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies holds a conference on tropical forests. Dedicated young men and women of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters(ISTF) work tirelessly through the academic year to organize this important tropical conference. Starting Thursday, January 26, this year’s conference theme is “Strategies for Landscape-Scale Restoration in the Tropics”.

This 3-day conference will bring together tropical forestry experts from all over the world to share ideas on ways to address this question of practical strategies for tropical forest restoration at landscape levels.

Following 2011 International day of forest worldwide, there have been discussions on restoration of degraded forest lands.  This conference will address the restoration strategies for millions of degraded/deforested tropical lands, which, along with many other benefits, act as carbon sinks to mitigate climate change.

As part of the conference activities, Yale ISTF members have organized the 2012 ISTF Photo Contest. The idea behind the contest is to provide an opportunity for Yale School of Forestry students to share their tropical fieldwork experiences through photos. The best photos are selected prior to the conference, then voting for the winners takes place during the conference itself. Come and vote!

This year’s conference promises to be as remarkable as years past – come if you are interested in tropical forestry, restoration, land use, or even just curious. Check out the Conference Schedule .

This will be the official blogging site for the conference. If you’re interested in guest blogging with us please contact rita.effah@yale.edu or vanessa.lamers@yale.edu.