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Activities >2018 Long-term Forest Research

2018 International Workshop on Lessons Learnt from Long-term Forest Research
and Future Cooperation among Northeast Asian Countries

3- 7 September 2018



Forests in the Northeast Asian region are unique because of their diverse ecosystems and high biodiversity, and those ecosystems have not only stood at its dignity as itself but also provided essential and valuable services to human beings. Those forest ecosystems, however, has been under enormous pressure of deforestation and forest degradation, induced by both natural factors (i.e., climate change, fire, flood and drought) and anthropogenic factors (i.e., illegal logging, livestock farming, land conversion for agriculture and over exploitation). Those deforestation and forest degradation have resulted in both environmental damages of soil erosion, land degradation and biodiversity loss and socio-economic damages of insecure food, water and health, as well as the loss of cultural identity/dignity to the people. In order to mitigate and combat those emerging challenges, various levels of communities (i.e. community, domestic, regional and international) among various stakeholders (i.e. community leading group, university, research institute, government agency and international organizations) have been proceeded significant efforts for last decades.

In particular, together with international research communities, research group in forest science in the Northeast Asian region has contributed through conducting relatively large scale of plot-based integrated research investigating long-term responses of forest ecosystem to natural and human disturbances and environmental changes over broad spatial and temporal scales.

Those forest ecosystem research results have been useful in providing important information for forest structure and species composition as well as ethnobotanical data, understanding of species habitat requirements, and providing quantitative data for testing theories and hypothesis in population and community ecology. Moreover, the long-term data obtained by these forest ecosystem researches over last few decades has enabled the researchers to evaluate the nature and pace of ecological change, to interpret its effects, and to forecast the range of future biological responses to the changes through establishing relevant mid- and long-term plans in forest conservation, restoration and management, which had been unable to do only through short-term observations or experiments.

This workshop, co-organized by National University of Mongolia and the IUFRO Working Party 1.01.13 and sponsored by Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI) and National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) of the Republic of Korea, aimed mainly at sharing knowledge and research experiences on Long-term Forest Research (LTFR) in the Northeast Asian region (i.e. Mongolia, Russia and Korea). As one of the series of annual workshop followed by the years of 2015 (Yanji, China), 2016 (Harbin, China), and 2017 (Sapporo, Japan), the 2018 workshop this year aimed at discussing lessons learnt and challenges while conducting the LTFR researches and future cooperation among Northeast Asian countries as well as occurred in the practical field excursion in the Northern Mongolia.


The objectives of this workshop were:

  • To establish and strengthen the cooperative network in Long-term Forest Research in the regional level among the researchers in the Northeast Asian countries;
  • To provide the platform through workshop to exchange the research experiences and results between senior and junior researchers on Long-term Forest Research, and particularly strengthen the research capability of junior researchers in the Northeast Asian countries;
  • To conduct in-depth discussion on the specific ecosystems in Mongolia through visiting the sites; and
  • To contribute to the establishment of future strategies in the regional level on promoting forest ecological response and adaptation to the change caused by anthropogenic or natural factors, through assessment of forest ecological change and interpretation its effects.
Title of Presentations

The Network of the Permanent Forest Plots in the Russian Far East in a Context of Climate Change
Dr. Pavel Krestov (Director General, Botanical Garden Institute, FEB, RAS)
Long-term Monitoring on Forest Decline in conifer forests in Korea
Dr. Jong Hwan Lim (Director, NIFoS)
Climate Induced Impacts on Siberian Conifer Forests
Dr. Viacheslav Kharuk (Head of Forest monitoring Lab, Sukachev Institute of Forests, SB, RAS)
Introduction to Forest LTER in Korea
Dr. Chan Woo Park (Researcher of NIFoS)
Long-term forest research in Mongolia
Prof. Batkhuu Nyam-Osor (Professor, National University of Mongolia)

Regional Cooperation on Plant Biodiversity Conservation in response to Climate Change in East Asia
Dr. Ho Sang Kang (Research Professor, Seoul National University)

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