About the conference

The main objective of the cool forests conference (IBFRA18) is to promote the critical role of boreal and mountain ecosystems for people, bioeconomy, and climate. The event will launch an initiative to raise awareness, maintain and promote the multiple, critical values provided by those ecosystems. Hosted by IIASA in September 2018, the conference will bring together and support the dialogue of academia and decision makers from policy, business and civil society as the start of a collective effort to create solutions for a sustainable future for the earth system. 

Q: WHAT IS NEW ABOUT THE COOL FORESTS EVENT?

A: The cool forest event is much more than a conference – it is the start of a collective effort, initiated by scientists from the International Boreal Forest Research Association (IBFRA), the Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX), and IIASA, supported by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). The event will bring together academia, decision makers, and civil society stakeholders to create solutions for a sustainable future.

This is also the first international event to bridge boreal and mountain forest ecosystems.

Q: WHO WILL BE PART OF THIS BREAKTHROUGH – COOL FOREST EVENT?

A: We are expecting approximately 200 participants from about 30 countries including Russia, China, the US, Canada, the Nordic countries, Japan and the host country Austria.


Q: WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE COOL FOREST EVENT 17-20 SEPTEMBER 2018?

A: The three main themes of the conference are people, bioeconomy, and climate and nature.
1. World leading scientists will examine the critical ecosystem functions and services of cool forests, identify their risks, and propose pathways to protect them.
2. Renowned and early-career scientists will pool knowledge and expertise to develop key messages that are relevant for policymakers, the private sector, and civil society as a whole.
3. A moderated science-stakeholder dialogue will stimulate and steer the process on how the scientific key findings can inform strategies and decisions by policy, industry, and civil society organizations

Q: WHO OR WHAT ARE THE COOL FOREST AMBASSADORS?

A: The cool forest ambassadors are individuals from policy, business, and civil society who join the call for action to maintain and promote boreal and mountain forest ecosystems for people, bioeconomy, and climate. By signing up to raise awareness, they commit to help maintain and enhance the multiple values provided by those ecosystems and support further research to identify future pathways. T he ambassadors join IIASA, PEEX, IBFRA, and IUFRO to concentrate efforts in this initiative.

Q: WHAT IS THE COOL FOREST AMBASSADORS’ CALL FOR ACTION ABOUT?

A: This is a wake-up call to the world, to raise awareness of boreal and mountain forest ecosystems for people, bioeconomy, and climate. Cool Forest Ambassadors form a coalition of scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders from civil society. They are committed to help maintaining and enhancing the multiple, critical values provided by boreal and mountain forest ecosystems by identifying future pathways and strengthening the collaboration between boreal and mountain ecosystem countries. Thereby they support the initiative and join the coalition of IIASA, PEEX, IBFRA, and IUFRO to concentrate efforts.

Q: WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THE COOL FOREST EVENT?

A: Associated with the call for Cool Forest Ambassadors we are aiming to develop publications including policy briefs, communiques, and factsheets which will be disseminated among political, public, and private decision makers. Ultimately, we will reach out to relevant international processes such as the SDGs, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Convention on Biodiversity, UN Convention to Combat Desertification, UN Forum on Forests, and many more. The aim of this event is to contribute to the goals set by the above initiatives in order to tackle global challenges, specifically relating to the three main themes of the conference: people, bioeconomy, climate and nature. 

Q: THE COOL FOREST EVENT – AND FUN?

A: The social program will include music, learning to dance the Viennese waltz, Austrian wine tasting, and a field trip from the valleys of Vienna to the top of the Eastern Austrian Alps.

Factsheet (PDF)

Flyer (PDF)