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Forest management and policy

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Breakout 4
Tuesday, September 10, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sigma Room

Speaker

Dr Cong Xu
Lecturer
University of Canterbury

Forest Age estimation in New Zealand's small-scale Plantation Forests: Integrating LiDAR-derived Height metrics, Site productivity with automated Harvest Detection

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Abstract

Biography

Dr. Cong (Vega) Xu is a lecturer in geospatial technologies at the New Zealand School of Forestry, University of Canterbury. She also serves as the co-director of the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Analysis (RSGA) lab at the University. Her research primarily focuses on remote sensing and GIS applications in forestry and the natural environment, particularly on describing small-scale plantation forests (e.g. woodlots) in New Zealand using remote sensing approaches. This includes activities such as mapping, classifying tree species, and estimating forest age and stand variables.
Prof Kalev Sepp
Head
Estonian University of Life Sciences

Preliminary integration of Satellite and Forestry Inventory Data to Predict Fire Hazard in Estonian Forests

11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Abstract

Biography

Dr. Kalev Sepp is a Professor of Landscape Management and Nature Conservation at Estonian University of Life Sciences. He lectures on nature conservation, landscape ecology, ecosystem goods and services, ecological restorations and environmental management. His research and publications focus on evaluating the human impact to agricultural landscapes, mapping ecosystem services, management of protected areas, methodological approaches for landscape and biodiversity monitoring, forest monitoring. He is a head of PhD studies at the University on environmental science a, and the head of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Kalev Sepp is a member of several nature conservation expert committees. He was a Vice-President an elected Councillor (2004−2012) of the International Union for Nature Conservation (IUCN). He is a member of the EU Horizon Europe Programme Committee for Environment (including climate change).
Mr Dipak Mahatara
Student
University of Quebec at Rimouski

Impact of Different Thinning Regimes on Wood Properties and Carbon Sequestration in White Spruce (Pices Glauca (Moench) Voss) Plantations.

11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Abstract

Biography

Young researcher with primary interest towards the growth and carbon dynamics of temperate forest.
Dr Emily Skelly
Senior Research Analyst
Te Uru Rākau / New Zealand Forest Service

Remote Sensing to deliver Government Forestry Objectives

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Abstract

Biography

Emily Skelly is a Senior Research Analyst in the Forestry Insights Directorate at Te Uru Rākau - New Zealand Forest Service. Her back ground is in ancient DNA analysis, however since joining TUR, Dr Skelly has been a research lead in a large joint government agency programme -"Maximising Forest Carbon". This programme is delivering research outcomes directly into the policy teams responsible for regulating our domestic forest carbon market. Dr Skelly will also be presenting on behalf of the TUR Spatial intelligence team, also in the Forestry Insights Directorate, on their response to the extreme weather events of 2023.
Dr Yadav Prasad Kandel
Need Plus Legal Services and Consultancy

Risks and challenges for implementation of the REDD+ in Nepal

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM

Abstract

Biography

A forestry professional with specialization in Forest Carbon and REDD+ with 25 years of experience as a Forest Officer of Government of Nepal, Forest Carbon Specialist of WWF Nepal, and an independent consultant in the field of Forestry and REDD+, Social and Environmental Safeguards, Agroforestry as well as Climate Change vulnerability assessment, mitigation, and adaptation. Completed PhD from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2011 with a thesis- LiDAR Estimation of Aboveground Tree Biomass in Native Sclerophyll Forest. Completed Master of Science in Environmental Management from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia in 2003. Involved in REDD+ process of Nepal since 2013.
Dr Jolene Fisher
Senior Lecturer
University of the Witwatersrand

Best practice for mapping aboveground carbon in Afrotemperate forests

12:15 PM - 12:30 PM

Abstract

Biography

Dr Jolene Fisher is a Senior Lecturer at the Wits University, South Africa. She is a geospatial ecologist integrating remote sensing and GIS with socio-ecological data collected in the field. She is developing the ecological understanding of Afrotemperate forest systems, an important resource for biodiversity and ecosystem services.
Dr Mark Corrao
CIO
Northwest Management Inc

Chairperson

Biography

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