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IAVS Report

by Rachmad Firdaus 

Opening Ceremony
Program at Glance
Invited Speakers
Special sessions
Impression of the Symposium

From July 23 tp28 th, 2012, The 55th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science (IAVS) was convened in Mokpo, South Korea to focus on the vegetation diversity and dynamics in culture landscapes of coastal-island regions in the context of global clilmate change. The event was hosted by the Government of JoellaNamdo and Mokpo National University and organized by the Ecological Society of Korea and Institution for Marine and Island Cultures.

The  symposium familiarized participants with the principles and development of vegetation science under the banner “Climate Change and Vegetation Science”. Participants were drawn from a wide range of interest groups representing business, government  and academia to examine the dynamics of global climate change and the future of vegetation science. Over 390 participants from 31 countries participated in this symposium.


Opening Ceremony
The first day of the International Symposium commenced with an Opening Ceremony hosted by The President of IAVS, Prof. Martin Diekmann. It also presented The Minister for Environment  Mr. Young Sook YOO, Governor of The Joellanam do Province Mr. Joon Yung PARK, The President of the Ecological Society of Korea Prof. Kee Ryong CHOI and The President of Mokpo National University Prof. Seok Kyu KO also spoke.


Prof Martin Diekmann
The President of  IAVSInternational Association of Vegetation Science

Opening Ceremony

Prof Kee-Ryong CHOI
The President of the Ecological Society
of Korea


Plenary lecture Hall



Opening remarks

Sun Kee HONG

Chairman, Organizing committee of IAVS 2012

Opening address

Martin Diekmann

President, International Association of Vegetation Science

Welcome address

Joon Yung PARK
Seok Kyu KO
Kee Ryong CHOI

Governor of Jeollanam do Province
President, Mokpo National University
President, The Ecological Society of Korea

Congratulatory address

Young Sook YOO

Minister, The Ministry of Environment

Welcome performance

Students and teachers from Joellanamdo Provincial Institute for Korean Traditional Performing Art, founded in 1986, performed many interesting Korean traditional arts namely Gayageum and Haegeum Duet (Korean traditional music), Ipchum (Korean traditional dance) and Namdo Minyo (Korea’s Southern Province folk songs).


Programe at Glance
There were five plenary presentations focusing on vegetation science In addition to 22 special sessions, 15 oral sessions and 19 different themes were presented in this symposium.


The topics of the symposium included Anthropogenic vegetation, Biogeochemistry perspectives in vegetation science Conservation of plant communities and habitats, Ethnoecology: Traditional ecological knowledge in vegetation use, Experimental vegetation science for restoration, Landscape ecological analysis and vegetation dynamics, Management of invasive species Monitoring and analysis of vegetation communities, Ecology of pine forests, Pattern and process of coastal-island vegetation,  Plant-animal interactions as drivers of vegetation, Plant phenology, Vegetation and biodiversity in cultural landscapes, Vegetation classification and mapping, Vegetation response to climate change: past and future, and Paleo-vegetation history.


Invited Speakers
To further enhance the quality of the international symposium, ten invited renowed speakers from different countries were invited by the the organizing comittee. They presented many interesting topics in the context of global vegetation science.


source: http://www.iavs2012.org/program/program4.asp
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Special Session
This session was entitled “Asian Tropical Forests and Their Sustainable Management” hosted by Prof. Nobukazu Nakagoshi (Hiroshima University) and Prof. Hadi Susilo Arifin (Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia).  In this section, there were 13 contributors representing 8 universities and institutions from 5 countries namely Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and The Philipines as follows;  


The titles of our professor, the 3 PhD students and 2 master’s students presentations were as follows;

NKK Participants

Presentation’s title

Nobukazu Nakagoshi

GIS based Land Suitability Assessment for Plantation Policy in West Kalimantan

R.L Kaswanto
PhD Student

Designing Agroforestry Landscape for Low Carbon Society in West Java Region, Indonesia

Rachmad Firdaus
PhD Student

Dynamics of Land-use Land-cover Change and Water Resource Quality in The Tropical Landscape of Batang Merao Watershed, Sumatera

Beni Raharjo
PhD Student

Developing Landscape Ecological Information System for Decision Making Process in Tropical Protected Forest: Case Study of Sultan Adam Forest Park, South Kalimantan, Indonesia

Bagus D Rahmanto
Master’s Student

Carbon Stock Estimation and Population Distribution in Post-Harvesting Mangrove Concession Area Through Seed-Tree Method Application

Anjar Yogi S
Master’s Student

Above Ground Carbon Stock Estimation on Community Forest in Lampung Province, Sumatera


The participants of Spesial Session 12: Asian Tropical Forest and their Sustainable Management

My Review

It was a great pleasure for me to attend  the international symposium IAVS 2012 in South Korea. The symposium was very well organized, enjoyable, and interesting. It was filled a diverse array of scientists and experts, ideas, and papers. It also brought together a broad range of people from all levels of government, public and private research bodies and academic intstitutions to work together in a synergetic and productive way. The presentations were very interesting and the discussions fruitful and stimulating. I was really impressed.
Last but not least, Mokpo as the location of the symposium is a very famous and beautiful place to visit. Located in the southwestern part of the Korean Peninsula, it is renowed for its natural beauty and diverse ecosystems. It also has varied natural resources including mountain, National Maritime Park and the Yellow Sea. Because of the wide range of natural areas and cultural heritage, it is referred to as “a natural museum” in South Korea.
I would highly recommend this same conference to others in the future. See you again at IAVS 2013 in Estonia. I would also like to thank the the Global Environment Leaders (GELs) program, Hiroshima University for supporting my visit to attend this international symposium.

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