International Conference on Managing Forest Genetic Resources in Changing Environment and Landscapes

IPB International Convention Centre (IPB ICC)

August 29, 2019 – August 30, 2019


Forest genetic resources in the tropic are undergoing dramatic changes due to increasing human population, industrial development, economic development and climate change. Despite its importance to support economic and industrial development, and to maintain environmental sustainability, excessive use of forest genetic resources will result in deteriorating environmental quality and threatening the economic development. Genetic resources can be driven towards loss of variability, or even to extinction. Global climate change that the world is currently experiencing is partly due to the loss of forest genetic resources from over exploitation, illegal logging and forest fire.

This International Conference adopted the theme "Managing Forest Genetic Resources in Changing Environment and Landscape" at a time when natural forest as well as plantations in tropical countries including Indonesia is experiencing major changes. The term Forest Genetic Resources is used to accommodate both the natural and plantation forests. Excessive utilization and deterioration of tropical rain forests has increased the threats to flora and fauna of indigenous species. Increasing number of species which fall into IUCN Appendix indicates that those species is diminishing. Conservation attempts must be implemented to significantly reduce the rate of deterioration of the species. At the same time environmental services of these resources has also diminished. Research plays important role to curb this loss.

Over the last decades, planted forests play vital roles in supporting forest-based industry. Fast growing species are dominant in the tropics. Due to these fast growing species, Indonesia has increased its share as one of the major producers of pulp and paper in the world market. However, these plantation forests are also facing increased pressure from biotic and abiotic threats which may harm their sustainability. Nowadays, pulp derived from these species has also been used as material for rayon. Such product diversification will eventually increase the need to ensure sustainability and productivity of pulpwood plantation.

In addition, plantation for non-wood forest products such as essential oil and biodiesel, are gaining bio-economic importance. These plantations are suited for small farmers with small land area. Further development of these plantations will enhance environmental and economic value for the rural inhabitants.

Biotechnology including tissue culture and genetic analysis, involving biotic and abiotic factors has been used to increase economic and ecosystem values of forest genetic resources. Mass propagation by tissue culture provides flash and mass seedlings to support in both commercial plantations and rare species conservation. Tissue culture could also be applied in part of sequential tree improvement strategies to select plus trees. DNA database has also become important to prevent illegal logging and trading of endemic and threatened flora and fauna in Indonesia, to control distribution of the selected plus/elite trees, to assess genes controlled phenotypic, and as an attempt to maintain forests and plantations health.

The Conference is held to publish the latest research and development works focusing on a range of aspects on forest genetic resources, and organized following 3 sub-themes.


1. Approaches towards changing biotic factors

Biotic components or biotic factors can be described as any living component that affects another organism, or shapes the ecosystem. In the context of forest genetic resources, the changing biotic factors are manifested in many forms including increasing pests and diseases threats, decreasing or increasing number of preys or grazing area in a national park or game reserve. Biotic factors changes can also affect biodiversity.

2. Approaches towards changing abiotic factors

Abiotic factors are non-living component (chemical and physical) of the environment that affects living organism and the functioning of ecosystems. Changing in nutrient balance in the soil, climate change, forest fire, drought etc. are some of the factors that affect the sustainability of the resources.

3. Approaches towards changing industrial needs

Processing technology and product are rapidly changing to meet consumer demand. With the increasing environmental awareness, consumers are concern with any process or product that may harm the environment. At the same time, technology has become more sophisticated to produce new product or improving the efficiency of the current technology.
International Conference on Forest Product 2019:

International Conference on Managing Forest Genetic Resources in Changing Environment and Landscapes will receive papers that will be presented both oral and poster, including the following aspects:


1. Forest tree improvement

2. Genetic conservation for forest trees

3. Forest biotechnology

4. Sustainable forest management and forest industry

5. Forest tree seed technology

6. Pest and disease in forest plantation

7. Landscape restoration for food, energy & environment

8. Other aspects relevant to the theme

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