Shizuoka University has been continuously hosting the international field seminar entitled “Field lectures in temperate forests around Mt. Fuji” for Asian students since 2011. In the meantime, we have also established the so-called “Asian University Forest Network” starting up with five universities from four countries since 2015, for which the network universities provide distinctive field seminars to students from member universities, aiming to provide valuable opportunities to experiencing diverse forest ecosystems to Asian students and to enable them to learn various approaches to understand the processes of forest dynamics and ecological functions. Furthermore, it helps to facilitate the discussion on forest management for better ecosystem services and to extend the network among students who are interested in forest sciences in various countries. Unfortunately, such field seminars had to be closed in both 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic Covid 19. As an alternative, we are planning to host an international online seminar instead, with all members from the Asian University Forest Network and some newly joined universities, before we can be back on track to host onsite field seminar in the future.
Forests provide diverse ecosystem services essential to human beings, including wood, non-timber forest products, climate control, CO2 sequestration, soil and water conservations, biodiversity conservation, as well as ecotourism. Hence, forests ought to be managed to provide such services sustainably. Unfortunately, dramatic climate change in current is casts one of biggest threats on the sustainability of forests and their functions, ranging from increasing damages by extreme weathers, slow growth change by warming, high mortality due to drought, to rising risks of pests. The R-R-T (resistance, resilience, and transformation) of ecosystems is therefore highly required in forest managements orienting for climate change adaptation. Furthermore, over-uses or less-uses of forests in Asian countries have degraded their ecosystem services dramatically, among which monitoring forest dynamics and function plays a critical role. This seminar intends to exchange the state-of-the-art advances on monitoring forest ecological functions towards developing the professional human resources apt to forest sustainable managements under diverse conditions.
November 29-30 2021
10:00-17:00 JST (GMT+9)
* The meeting link will be sent to participants who signed up for the seminar.
A: Special Lectures (open)
Researchers from five universities* will give lectures on the latest research on field monitoring and forest and catchment management. The objective is to learn about the diversity of forest ecosystems and management in Asia.
Dr. Prijanto Pamoengkas (IPB University, Indonesia)
“The Implementation of Selective Cutting of Line Planting System in Indonesia”
Dr. Mohd Nazre Saleh (University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia)
“Sustainable Forest Management in Malaysia”
Dr. Dokrak Marod (Kasetsart University, Thailand)
“Ecosystem Services After Forest Recovery in a Tropical Seasonal Forest at Mae KlongWatershed,Western Thailand”
Dr. Tomohiro Egusa (Shizuoka University, Japan)
“Importance of Long-Term Observation Data of Stream Discharge in Forest Catchments”
Dr. Yan Yan (Nanning Normal University, China)
“Estimation of Above-Ground Biomass of Aboreal Vegetation in Typical Karst Rocky Desertification Comprehensive Management Area”
B: Student Presentations (open)
Graduate students from universities* in Asian countries will make oral presentations. The purpose is to stimulate research activities by exchanging opinions among participants with different backgrounds.
* Participant universities
Nanning Normal University (China); Andalas University, Bandung Institute of Technology, IPB University (Indonesia); Mie University, Shizuoka University, University of Tsukuba (Japan); University Putra Malaysia (Malaysia); Kasetsart University (Thailand); Vietnam National University of Forestry (Vietnam)
C: Group Work (closed)
Graduate students will discuss topics related to monitoring of ecosystem services in forests and mountains and sustainable management, and work together to solve problems. As well as learning about ecosystem services and management, this session will stimulate communication among students and encourage the formation of an international network.
D: Virtual Tour of University Forests (open)
Participant universities will introduce the information (forest field, facilities, etc.) of their experimental forests. The aim is to promote mutual use of each other’s university forests in the future.
Day1 (November 29 2021)
10:00-10:30 Opening Remarks
10:30-11:15 Special Lecture (Dr. Prijanto Pamoengkas)
11:30-12:15 Special Lecture (Dr. Mohd Nazre Saleh)
12:15-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-15:00 Student Presentations
15:30-17:00 Group Work
12:15-17:00 Virtual Tour of University Forests (always open)
Day2 (November 30 2021)
10:00-10:45 Special Lecture (Dr. Dokrak Marod)
10:55-11:40 Special Lecture (Dr. Tomohiro Egusa)
11:50-12:35 Special Lecture (Dr. Yan Yan)
12:35-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-15:00 Student Presentations
15:30-17:00 Group Work
12:35-17:00 Virtual Tour of University Forests (always open)
– Forest Ecosystem Section, Center for Education and Research in Field Sciences, Department of Agriculture
– Master Degree Program of Mountain studies, Graduate school of Integrated Science and Technology
– Frontier Institute for Research in Mountain Information System
Yosuke Kurihara (Shizuoka University)