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The Carboforest Conference was held under the honorary patronage of professor Jerzy Buzek - the President of European Parliament and Minister Janusz Zaleski - Under-Secretary of State in the Ministry of the Environment, Chief Nature Conservator.

   Sustainable forest management has a vital and widely-established part in climate change mitigation. Quantifying the carbon stored in forest ecosystems, as well as the rates and direction of carbon fluxes emitted from and absorbed by forests, has become very important to improve understanding of their influence on the global carbon cycle. In many countries national programmes to protect and maintain forests have been initiated with the aim of reducing net carbon emissions and to stabilise or increase terrestrial carbon stocks in the long-term.

   The CarboForest conference intended to provide a multi-disciplinary forum to discuss recent innovations and challenges related to all aspects of carbon storage and management in forest ecosystems. This meeting brought together scientists, politicians and environmentalists from different disciplines to confer and communicate their most recent findings relevant to the global carbon cycle, with an emphasis on the role of forest ecosystems and promoted the cross-fertilization of the latest ideas and concepts in research, policy and practice. The main aims of the conference were to present actual achievements, focus the direction for further development in the area of carbon storage studies and stimulate the exchange of expertise. Critical discussion covered the ecological, political, economical as well as technical aspects of carbon management, monitoring, reporting and verification of forest carbon stocks and their changes over time. Moreover, we offered the international community an open and creative forum for exchanging results and ideas on carbon capture and storage (CCS) in forest ecosystems.

The Conference mainly focused on:

  • climate changes,
  • plant physiology,
  • soils,
  • carbon fluxes,
  • forest management,
  • inventory, modeling and reporting,
  • geomatics with special emphasis to remote sensing.

   We feel honoured to having invited everyone interested in carbon management in forest ecosystems to participate in the CarboForest conference, which was held from 21 to 23 September 2011 in Poland. The programme consisted of invited lectures, short presentations and poster contributions, and contributions in either of these formats were welcomed.