International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO): Extension & Knowledge Exchange Conference

Theme: The Importance of Engaging Local Communities and Stakeholders to Increase Successful Adoption of New Technologies

Dates: 9-13 Sept 2018
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Venue: Isaac Theatre Royal, Gloucester Room, 145 Gloucester St,  Christchurch Central

The practice of Extension and Knowledge Exchange:
Knowledge of best practices concerning wood resource use and forest management can be disseminated through informal education and training, often face to face and using onsite demonstration, and through participatory approaches. This practice of extension and knowledge exchange ensures the latest technology and information reaches the people who need to use it. Alongside extension, communities need to be engaged to ensure continuing social licence for forest-based activities.

Extension foresters aim to develop favourable attitudes toward, and desired capabilities for, forestry practices among the public, while also ensuring the requisite skills and learning needed by publics and land managers to plant and manage newly forested lands.

Forestry extension is therefore an important vehicle for expansion of forest resources. With many OECD signatories to the Paris Accord requiring dedicated emissions targets, there has been increased emphasis on forest expansion and protection of forests on both public and private lands.

Greater emphasis on forestry extension capability is required at national levels to meet these forest conservation goals, and assist in country-level tree planting targets, such as New Zealand’s 1 billion trees programme.

The annual conference serves as a forum for communications among extension forestry professionals worldwide.

Who should attend:
Forestry consultants, Forestry and farm extension officers, Farm foresters, Land use planners, Forest conservation managers, Parks and reserves staff, Forestry researchers, Academics in knowledge extension, technology transfer and advocacy roles.

Draft Conference Outline (the detailed agenda will be available soon here)
Sun 9th Sept – evening, Welcome function & reception
Mon 10th Sept – Day 1 Presentations, Panel & Discussion sessions
Tue 11th Sept – Day 2 Presentations, Deans’ Bush visit and conference. Dinner at Riccarton House
Wed 12th Sept – Day 3 Field trip*
Thu 13th Sept – Day 4 presentations, Panel & Discussion sessions
Fri 14th- Sun 16th – Optional post-conference field trip: Organised bus tour from Christchurch to Queenstown.**

*Day Field trip: A tour around the outskirts of Christchurch to take in some local birdlife and biodiversity/restoration forestry/species conservation/recreation aspects. This would include:
• Looking through the residential ‘Red Zone’ – an area where 7000 homes were removed due to unstable land after the large 2011 earthquake. The area is most likely to be remediated using native plants, and there is scope for forestry projects.
• Visit the Willowbank native bird area and see kea and kiwi. Learn about how Operation Nest Egg is reviving our kiwi populations. Talk about the role of conservation practices in NZ for reviving our species near extinction.
• Visit the Selwyn District Council drying site for biosolids waste – discuss current research and engagement activities on this topic.
• Visit Rolleston forestry field trial sites – radiata clones and the effects of genetic and environmental factors.
• Visit the Rongoa garden – Maori welcome onto site – the kahikatea grove and native restoration and riparian plantings.

** Optional Post-Conference Field Trip from Christchurch to Queenstown (one way).
Draft schedule: Friday 14th Sept noon: Christchurch to Flock Hill/Craigieburn, overnight on Flock Hill station farm. Outdoor education centre, beech forests and wildings. Saturday 15th Sept: Craigieburn to Franz Josef via Highway 6. Sunday 16th Sept: Across Haast pass to Wanaka, arrive Queenstown by approx. 3 pm

A. Conference Registration of NZ$580 includes:
• Sun 9th Sept: Welcome function & reception
• Mon 10th Sept: Day 1 sessions
• Tue 11th Sept: Day 2 sessions
• Tue 11th Sept: Day 2 conference dinner
• Wed 12th Sept: Day 3 field trip
• Thu 13th Sept: Day 4 sessions

B. Post-conference Field Trip – Registration NZ$495.
Fri 14th – Sun 16th Sept – Organised bus tour from Christchurch to Queenstown.
Includes travel, accommodation, breakfast and packed lunches. Limited availability (30 registrations).

REGISTER ONLINE – registrations due by 1 August 2018

IUFRO EKE Working Party and conference programme Coordinator: Janean Creighton (United States)
New Zealand IUFRO EKE conference local hosts and organisers: Karen Bayne and Annette Brockerhoff (NZ)

The venue:
More about Christchurch and surrounds

The conference venue Isaac Theatre Royal is centrally located and there are several accommodation options available in walking distance nearby. For example,
4 – 5 star hotels (Rendezvous hotel, Ibis hotel, Quest Apartments, Crowne Plaza), 2-3 star lodging (less expensive) (Urbanz, Break free), or the YMCA backpackers. Early booking is recommended as Christchurch/NZ is a popular tourist destination.

Getting to Christchurch