CLucio Montecchio is a Professor of Forest pathology and Pathology of ornamental trees at the University of Padua, Italy.
His research includes pest risk analysis, diagnosis, epidemiology and management of trees’ diseases.
On biosecurity-related topics, he is a TP member at the IPPC/FAO, a core member at the European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), and a WG member at the European Arboriculture Council.
Further information at www.luciomontecchio.it
Scientifically sound communication in tree care and biosecurity is one of the weakest rings in trees "chain of custody", as the slow spread of updated and correct knowledge is often substituted through social media by quick, common sense based information, sometimes incorrect.
Few examples of misleading information on quarantine, emerging diseases and biosecurity protocols available on popular websites and social media, will be shown and discussed, to better focus on the importance of cooperation among the many actors involved in modern arboriculture.
Paul holds an Undergraduate Degree in Forest Science (Sam Ratulangi University, North Sulawesi, Indonesia 2009); Postgraduate Forest Science & Management (Southern Cross University, NWS, Australia, 2016); Community Forest Management, Jayapura, Papua (2009-2014); Lecturer at Faculty Of Forestry Ottow Geissler University, Jayapura, Papua, (2016-Now); Provincial Commission of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Papua Province, (2017-Now); Junior Technical Specialist at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Eastern Indonesia Program, (2017-Now); Validation team of Strategic Environmental Assessment in Department of Environment, Papua Province; Chair at Green Cities For Papua (GCFP) Project, June 2018-Now. Paul has presented at industry conferences including the World Forum on Urban Forestry in Mantova, in 2018.
This presentation will describe the significant role that trees play in the belief system, culture and traditions of people in Biak, Papua. It will outline how people in Biak value the trees in their surrounding areas in terms of conservation, traditional medicine, culture and socio-economic value, based on their local wisdom. This wisdom is significant in promoting Biak as a tourist destination, particularly for eco-tourism. However, even though the surrounding area is green with trees, in terms of management these trees are not currently being managed properly to maximise their full potential to deliver environmental, economic and social benefits for citizens and visitors. A management plan and guidance are needed to develop urban forest management in Biak. In 2018 Paulus Mandibondibo (Ottow Geissler University, Papua) and John Parker (Arboricultural Association, UK) launched Green cities for Papua, an initiative intended to assist local government in Papua to promote the importance of urban trees and proper urban forest management in the country. The project is also intended to promote Papua and to assist the local government agenda to find nature-based solutions for climate issues. So far activities have included tree planting, particularly with a view to flood mitigation, and political engagement with a view to developing an urban forest management plan for Biak.
B.S. in forestry, Oklahoma State University 1982.
Worked in traditional forestry in Colorado and California. Self-employed in Oklahoma and Texas as a consultant in urban & community forestry, & arboriculture. Employed at Oklahoma Forestry Services for past 29 years.
Since 1996 Mark and many others in the tree care industry have been involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial and the recovery efforts centering on improving the health the Survivor Tree. This native, American elm is less than a hundred yards from where the bomb was detonated and is the closest living tree that took the full force of the bomb.
At the highest point on the grounds of the Oklahoma City National Memorial stands a very special tree in the hearts of the victims’ families, survivors and all those impacted by a senseless act of violence that struck the in heart of Oklahoma City 25 years ago. This native American elm has come to represent hope and healing and stands strong as a symbol for all to reflect upon remembering those lives lost and honoring their memories.
Today the Survivor Tree, like the Oklahoma City community, stands strong honoring those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever from the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building.
In 1996 at the request of the Oklahoma City Memorial Foundation Mark Bays an urban forester with Oklahoma Forestry Services was asked to assist with the care for the Survivor Tree and this has continued ever since. Many in the tree care industry in Oklahoma continue to voluntarily give their time, equipment and supplies whenever it’s needed. The National Memorial also wanted to be sure that the legacy and special meaning of this tree would live on and since 1996 volunteers and staff collect seeds to continue the Survivor Tree Seedling Program to grow new generations of trees.
Mark and others worked closely with the designers, engineers and construction crews in all aspects of the construction relating to the Survivor Tree and many innovative designs were considered and implemented.
“I have worked on many construction projects but the feeling here was different,” Bays said. “Everybody knew it was much more than any one of us and everyone worked together in a spirit dignity and respect”.
Come learn the special story of the recovery of The Survivor Tree and its ongoing care that began in 1996.
Diploma, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Master's Degree, Sustainable Management of Environment and Natural Resources of Democritus University of Thrace, Greece.
In 2009 I was Regional Director of Civil Protection at the Region of Western Macedonia.
I have participated in more than 20 local, regional, national and EU projects.
I have long experience with Cross-border and interregional cooperation projects (Interreg, Med, etc).
I have participated in a lot of conferences (Pan-Hellenic, European, International), as speaker or Member of the Organizing Committee.
I am currently the Head of Department/Protection and Forest Management of Regional Unity of Kozani.
Nature is not simply the place for productive activities, but a place where human beings are born, mature and die, become an element of their identity and a symbol of the community in which they act.
For this reason in ancient times environmental protection was indissolubly linked to the sanctity of nature.
The forests in ancient Greece were associated with religion and many of them were characterized as sacred. These forests were known as sacred groves or groves.
Thus, in Greek Mythology we find the mythical Dryades, the Forest Nymphs, who lived in the trees and the cutting of a tree meant the death of a nymph.
The use of trees in cities and their beneficial effects have long been recognized. The Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Assyrians, the Persians, the Ancient Greeks and the Romans used the trees for aesthetic and other purposes in the cities, either in the form of trees or sacred groves or in the gardens of houses and mansions.
In the 3rd century BC there were many places of worship in Athens whose plantations used artificial irrigation systems, such as laurel groves and olive groves around the altar of the twelve gods.
The tree planting at the Athens Marketplace consisted of two rows of plane trees and many individual trees as reported by Plutarch and Kimon (510-450 BC). Near one of them people used to gather for discussions or dating, whereas the tax collectors used to meet near another tree a populous alba. The example of Athens was followed by other cities and until today there are plane trees in the central square of almost all villages.
Through this presentation is featuring the power of trees from ancient times as well as the myths of Ancient Greece related to the protection of trees and their sanctity.
2012: Diploma, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
2016: Master's Degree, Water Resources of the Mediterranean, Institute of Technology Eastern Macedonia and Thrace.
2017: Master's Degree, Forestry and Hydraulic structures, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
2018: Educational Studies, High School Pedagogical and Technological Education, Thessaloniki.
2019: PhD Candidate in environmental interpretation.
Anastasia is currently working as a forester in the private sector. She has participated in many conferences and has prepared some environmental and forest plans. Anastasia is currently working as a forester on forest maps (GIS and Autocad expert). At the same time she is working as a teacher on environmental education issues.
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