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“Managing TFK to meet global challenges on biodiversity and ecosystem services for community welfare and wellbeing” Background Asia has 13 out of the 33 biodiversity hot spots in the world, which are rich in biological diversity, and home of various significant and endemic fauna and flora species. Asia is also inhabited by two third of the world population with rich ethnic and language diversity, thus making this region important for culture and, history conservation, against the rapid social as well as and economic development. Habitat fragmentation ultimately results in cultural changes, and it indirectly influences the natural conservation efforts. Traditional knowledge allows local community in managing natural resources. The local communities had adapted and synergized with the nature for co-existence. These knowledge were derived from a complex set of thoughts and interactions of human activities with the nature. While many of these may still be relevant to modern society, more research and cross-referencing with modern sciences would be necessary to enhance its applicability to our modern problems. In 2007, the Chinese Academy of Forestry, the International Union of Forest Research Organization’s (IUFRO) Task Force on Traditional Forest Knowledge, and the Asia-Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI) with support from Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI), the State Forest Administration of China, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, and various organisations in Asia held the First International Conference of Traditional Forest-related Knowledge. Subsequently, it has become an annual event for the past eight years. This year, 2016, the 9th International Conference on Traditional Forest Knowledge (TFK): “Managing TFK to meet global challenges on biodiversity and ecosystem services for community welfare and wellbeing” will be held 29-31 August 2016 in Bogor, Indonesia. The topic selected for this year aims to uncover TFK and its relation with biodiversity and ecosystem services for community welfare and wellbeing. Evaluation on Millennium Assessment (MA) pointed out that 60% of ecosystem services has been degraded and reduce in quality as well as quantity level and loss of biodiversity became the key factor of poverty, climate change, and unsustainable development. These issues significantly affected local communities which depend on the natural resources for their wellbeing TFK has been recognised as helping the community members to adapt and synergise with such environmental changes. Yet, the rapid changes in the ecosystem often caused by external factors, has impacted on the wellbeing of the local communities, and protection through law enforcement, sustainable management, and pro-local community policy would be necessary. Objectives 1. To share information on TFK and its relation with biodiversity, ecosystem services, and community welfare and wellbeing. 2. To share information on the role of TFK in biodiversity and ecosystem services management to improve community welfare and wellbeing. 3.To share information and experiences in problem solving of biodiversity and ecosystem services management for community welfare and wellbeing in Asia. 4.To strengthen regional networking among TFK institutions/ members in Asia.

File : 9th Conference Announcement (Final)_edit_170503.pdf (419767)