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This is the main web service of the the IUFRO European Congress 2007. The Congress is organized under the IUFRO auspices by the Faculty of Forestry, Warsaw Agricultural University in collaboration with European Forest Institute.
The idea of such an event is not new. In addition to huge IUFRO World Congresses, there are smaller regional IUFRO meetings organized every few years in various parts of the globe, focused on regional issues. In some cases, these meetings are organized together with other organizations. For example, previous joined conference of IUFRO and EFI (IUFRO European Regional Conference and EFI Annual Conference) took place in 2002 in Copenhagen, Denmark, on August 27-30, and gathered more than 250 people.
The Congress main host, Faculty of Forestry at the Warsaw Agricultural University is the oldest forestry-related faculty in Poland, being a successor of 1816-established Special Forestry School. The Faculty is one of IUFRO co-founders and a member of EFI (from very beginning).
Poland is a large country of the European Community, located in the central part of the continent and joining North with South, and West with East. Poland is also easily accessible by plane (through the Frederic Chopin Airport in Warsaw) as well as by train.
Poland is a country with a large and advanced forestry sector. Forests cover almost 1/3 of the country, and its utilization makes Poland 5th European wood producer. Besides wood utilization foresters do care about natural environment. Twenty three national parks and more than 3 million ha of protected areas proves that.
The topic of the scientific seminar is "Forests and forestry in the context of rural development". We believe that this problem is vital for the future of forests in all European countries and we hope, that it still will be attractive for many participants.