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Sat, Feb 4, 2023 3:00 PM EST (GMT-5)

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Yale School of the Environment + Online

195 Prospect Street, New Haven 06511, United States

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The Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) is pleased to invite you to the 29th Annual Conference: "Envisioning the future of tropical forests: the roles of feedbacks, interconnectedness, and adaptation." The 2023 conference will be offered in a hybrid format, with options to attend sessions in person in New Haven, CT or online.

The Yale Chapter of ISTF is dedicated to the advancement of tropical forest studies at the Yale School of the Environment, formerly known as the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. The ISTF conference has been hosted at Yale for 28 years and addresses a range of socio-ecological issues across the tropics. The conference will weave together ecological, social, and economic perspectives on our current understanding of how tropical forest landscapes are changing due to ongoing feedbacks, how communities can adapt to these changes, and how markets and policies can support mitigation and resilience efforts.

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Past Events

Sat, Feb 04, 2023
8:45 AM – 9:30 AM
3rd Floor Kroon
Breakfast & Registration

Breakfast & coffee provided.

Sat, Feb 04, 2023
9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Burke Auditorium
Panel III - Sustainable Development and Tropical Forests

Milagre Nuvunga - Executive Director, MICAIA Foundation
Andika Putraditama - Head of Rimba Collective, Lestari Capital
Fabíola Zerbini - Director of Forestry, Land Use and Agriculture, World Resources Institute (WRI)
Gary Dunning - Executive Director, The Forest School; Executive Director, The Forests Dialogue

Fri, Feb 03, 2023
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
3rd Floor Kroon
Breakfast & Registration

Breakfast and coffee provided.

Fri, Feb 03, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Burke Auditorium
Opening Plenary

Co-Chair Introduction
Emma Grover - MESc '23
Angela Xue - MEM '23
Faculty Introduction
Liza Comita - Professor of Tropical Forest Ecology, Yale School of the Environment; Co-Director, Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture
Keynote Addresses
Juliette Biao - Director of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat
Address: Influential Women leadership in Forestry: Lessons learned in view of
promoting Sustainable Forest Management through the UNFF
Pablo Pacheco - Global Forests Lead Scientist at World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Address: The fate of the tropical forests in an interconnected world

Fri, Feb 03, 2023
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Private Location (sign in to display)
Coffee Break

Coffee break and social

Fri, Feb 03, 2023
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
3rd Floor Kroon
Innovation Prize Presentations

ProEco Azuero
Representative: Sandra Vásquez de Zambrano
Rainforest Biodiversity of Phalee
Representative: Rinchui Raman

Fri, Feb 03, 2023
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM
3rd Floor Kroon

Lunch provided.

Fri, Feb 03, 2023
1:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Burke Auditorium
Panel II - Forest Dependent Livelihoods: Climate Change Impacts and Adaptations

Andrea Azevedo - Director of Programs and Projects, JBS Fund for the Amazon
Agnu (Intu) Boedhihartono - Associate Professor of Tropical Landscapes and Livelihoods, The University of British Columbia
Brendan Fisher - Gund Fellow & Professor, University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
Eva Garen - Director, Environmental Leadership & Training Initiative (ELTI)

Fri, Feb 03, 2023
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM
3rd Floor Kroon
Posters Session

Poster session with coffee break

Thu, Feb 02, 2023
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Watson Center A53
Panel I - Feedback System in the Tropics

Grizelle González - Director, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, US Forest Service
Deborah Lawrence - Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia; Chief Scientist, Calyx Global
Simon Lewis - Professor of Global Change Science, University of Leeds & University College London
Yadvinder Malhi - Professor of Ecosystem Science, University of Oxford; Senior Research Fellow, Oriel College
Paulo Brando - Associate Professor of Ecosystem Carbon Capture, Yale School of the Environment

Thu, Feb 02, 2023
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
3rd Floor Kroon
International Society of Tropical Foresters - Posters Session

Posters session with snacks and mingling.

Thu, Feb 02, 2023
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Bowers Hall in Sage
Building Partnerships for Forest Restoration Panel

Lyndall Bull - Forestry Officer, Sustainable Forest Products, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Thu, Feb 02, 2023
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The Forest School & Yale ISTF Conversation Tables + Reception

ISTF The Forests Dialogue Reception (1 hour)


Yale School of the Environment + Online

195 Prospect Street, New Haven 06511, United States

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Angela Xue & Emma Grover

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