Bridging Silviculture Knowledge and Practices to Foster the Achievement of SDGs and FOLUNET SINK 2030, 24 August 2023

The world’s forests today facing many challenges include the effects of a changing climate, rapid development and competing land uses, worsening fire seasons, and epidemics of forest pests and diseases, that will significantly impact toward the increment of CO2 emission. These forest damages in turn will change and remove the forest ability on its naturally process to provides both product or service benefits to meet human needs. At this point, silviculture science and technology play a very important role on the sustainability of forest management, which is assuring three principal aspects such as ecology, economy, and social. This better forest management, therefore, will align with the SDGs Goal on eradicating poverty, combatting climate change, conserving biodiversity, protecting watersheds, and building food and energy security; and contributes to the achievement of FOLU Net Sink targets in 2030 by restoring terrestrial ecosystem and biodiversity conservation.

The 4th International Conference on Tropical Silviculture (ICTS 2023) is biennial internationally conference on the field of tropical silviculture as well as forest and environment, organized by Department of Silviculture Faculty of Forestry and Environment IPB University. This year, this international conference appoints an interesting theme, namely Bridging Silviculture Knowledge and Practices to Foster the Achievement of SDGs and FOLU NET SINK 2030.

This conference is held mainly due to our concern on the need of further research, sharing and dissemination of research report on silviculture science, innovation and technology among stakeholders to foster the achievement of SDGs and our target on FOLU NET SINK 2020. It is hoped that this conference can strengthen and enhance the role of Indonesian and global silviculturists to inspire the development of silvicultural research, innovation, and practises not only in the tropics but also worldwide. Thus, this workshop’s goals to bring together researchers over the world working on silviculture science, innovation and technology to exchange results and ideas is really match the IPB University’s philosophy on Inspiring Innovation with Integrity in Agriculture, Ocean and Biosciences for a Sustainable World. The conference was officially opened by Vice Rector for Research, Innovation and Agromaritime Development of IPB University, Prof. Dr. Ir. Ernan Rustiadi, M.Agr.

This conference attended by around 200 participants from academicians, researchers, students, practitioners, and policy makers from Indonesia, USA, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand and France. In this conference, the keynote and invited speakers as well as general and student speakers share their research, innovations and experiences on 8 topics, e.g. Biodiversity, Forest fire & climate change, Agroforestry & forest plantation, Ecosystem services, Non-timber forest product, Un-even aged silviculture, Forest carbon and Forest degradation & rehabilitation. Furthermore, outputs of this activity will be published not only in international Scopus-indexed journals, e.g.: IOP Conference Series: Earth & Environmental Science, Jurnal Manajemen Hutan Tropika (JMHT), but also in National Sinta-accredited journals, e.g. Jurnal Pengelolaan Sumberdaya Alam dan Lingkungan, and Bulletin Kebun Raya.

 In this conference, five keynote speakers present their extraordinary work and experiences, they are: Dr. Agus Justianto (Former Director General of Sustainable Forest Management – Ministry of Environment & Forestry, Indonesia), Prof. Mark A. Cochrane (University of Maryland Center for Environmental / UMCES, USA), Prof. Hiromi Mizunaga (Faculty of Agriculture, Shizouka University, Japan), Assoc. Prof. Mohamad Azani Alias (Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia),and Mr. Kim Hyoung Gyun (Project Manager of KIFC, Korea). There are also 9 invited speakers from Indonesia (Prof. Bambang Hero Saharjo, Prof (Ris). Haruni Krisnawati, Dr. Supriyanto, Prof. Prijanto Pamoengkas, Prof. Ulfah Juniarti Siregar, M Abdul Razaq, Prof. Nurheni Wijayanto, Dr. Laura Graham, and Prof. Cecep Kusmana), and 1 from Germany (Prof. Ralph Mitlöhner, Germany),  completing 116 Oral and Poster presentations.  The conference also conduct student presentation competition or the OSPA (Outstanding Student Presentation Award) competition attended by 15 student, presenting their work in oral or poster.

The committee extend their gratitude to the esteemed co-organizers: Directorate of International Programs at IPB University; Directorate General of Higher Education, Research and Technology Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology; Regional Fire Management Resource Centre-South East Asia (RFMRC-SEA); Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM); University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies (UMCES); and Göttingen University Germany. The committee equally appreciative of the invaluable support provided by the funding sponsors: Korea-Indonesia Forest Cooperation Center (KIFC), Rinjani Parahita Nusantara (RPN), PT. Bukit Asam Tbk, Association of Indonesian Forest Concessionaires (APHI), Cakrawala Tri Insantama (CTI), PT Mohairson Pawan Khatulistiwa, Forestry Alumni Association IPB University (HAE IPB), and IPB Press. This conference, in turn, will provide multiple opportunities to engage on various silvicultural, forestry and environmental issues and strategies to act. Hopefully, this event will significantly give more contributions to the scientific community engaged in silviculture and forestry.