“Forests and Forest Products 2012” is the 3rd biennial Conference of the Forest and Forest Products Society (FFPS). The conference is a follow-up to the 2nd biennial conference of the society held in 2010. It is research oriented conference that seeks to bring together scientists, students, graduates, development experts and policy makers from higher institutions, research institutes, governmental, non-governmental organizations, etc to deliberate on issue of common interest to the research and development of the forestry profession.
Forest and Forest Products Society is a non-profit organization established to produce research and information network for all segments of forestry and forest products industry and related fields. FFPS is committed to research in effective forest management, environment friendly processing and utilization of tropical forest products. The society provides forum for researchers to discuss their research plans, methods and research findings and advise each other.
The conference theme is: De-reservation, Encroachment and Deforestation: Implications for the Future of Nigerian Forest Estate and Carbon Emission Reduction. Nigerian forest estate is the legacy inherited from the Colonial Forest Administration. The country’s forest and woody vegetation resources include the high forests, woodland, bushlands, plantations, and on farm trees. By standard, Nigerian forest estate is expected to cover 20% to 25% of the total land area of Nigeria but rather, the 10% bequeathed to us by Colonial administration is fast depleting. The forest estate seems sensitive to changes in climate. The situation nowadays is that most of the forest reserves in Nigeria are being subjected to de-reservation and encroachment as a result of increase in population and economic expansion in other sectors of the economy. Nigeria has the potential to witness substantial change, both through an expansion of extraction, deforestation, hunting, and through the effects of global climate change. Nevertheless, little or no effort has been achieved on ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD)’. Deforestation and forest degradation, through agricultural expansion, conversion to pasture land, encroachment, infrastructure development, destructive logging, fires, etc, account for nearly 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire global transportation sector and second only to the energy sector. It is now clear that in order to reduce the impacts of climate change within limits that society will reasonably be able to tolerate, the global average temperatures must be stabilized within two degrees Celsius. This will be practically impossible to achieve without reducing emissions from the forestry sector, in addition to other mitigation actions. Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) is an effort to create a financial value for carbon stored in forests, offering incentives for developing countries to reduce emissions from forested lands and invest in low-carbon paths to sustainable development.
Forest and Forest Products 2012 will aim at synthesizing existing knowledge; foster creative thinking and collaboration on the future of Nigerian Forest estate through invited and voluntary papers, which will focus mainly on the following sub-themes:
· Geographical Information Systems as applied to Forest cover and Land Use
· Forest Inventory and Growing Stock Assessment
· Forest Pathology and Entomology
· Forest and Forest products Utilization
· Forest Regeneration, Conservation and Preservation
· Wildlife Ecology, Utilization and Eco-tourism
· Forest Institutions (policy, law and administration); Forest Governance; International Environmental Treaties and Compliance
· Forestry Sector Economy, Forest Products Marketing, Economics of Production
· Ethno-Medicinal Plants, Non-Timber Forest Products
· Forest Extension and Community-Based Forest Management
· Environmental Impact Assessment
· Forest Management Techniques and Forest Protection
The conference will hold from Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th April, 2012 at the University of Ibadan. Conference Proceedings containing invited and voluntary papers will be produced for distribution to all conference participants and relevant stakeholders. A communiqué from conference findings will thereafter be sent to all participants. The conference is open to all scientists in private sector, tertiary institutions, research institutes, etc. in the field of Forestry and related fields (e.g. Agriculture, Fisheries, Wildlife, Biological Sciences, Geography, Geographic Information Science, etc.).
Call for papers
Original research / review papers are invited from interested participants in any of above sub-themes. Papers will be subjected to peer-preview. Accepted papers will be published in the Book of Proceedings, which will be available at the conference venue.
Instruction to Authors
Manuscripts, which should be prepared using MS Word, should not exceed twelve (12) typed pages, including title page, tables and figures.
E-mail address and phone number of first author should be provided for easy communication.
· Deadline for Manuscript Submission: Friday,
10th February, 2012.
· Notification of Manuscript Acceptance: Friday, 24th February, 2012.
· Submission of Corrected Manuscript: Friday,
9th March, 2012
Conference Registration fee of
be remitted before or on 16th March, 2012. Late Conference Registration fee of additional
N2,000.00 will be paid by participants who do not submit manuscripts either before or on 16th March, 2012. Payment should be made through online transfer into the Association’s Account No: 03830550000109 UBA, FUTA Branch, Akure. Account name: Forest and Forest Products Society. Kindly send scanned copy of the payment teller via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for documentation and accountability.
Guidelines for manuscript preparation
Prospective contributors are required to use the following guidelines in preparing their manuscripts:
1. Type using double line spacing from abstract to references;
2. Font should be Times New Roman while font size of 12 should be used;
3. Type on only one side of white A4 paper with2.5cm margins on all the sides of the paper;
4. Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively; manuscript should be arranged in the following orders: Title page (containing paper title, author(s) name(s) and their affiliation(s) with an indication of the corresponding authors, e-mail/GSM No), Abstract (not more than 300 words and containing about five keywords), Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion, Conclusion, Acknowledgement (if necessary), and References.
5. References must include author(s), year of publication, title of paper, journal, volume and page numbers.
6. Each sectional heading should be bold and left justified. The text should begin on the next line after each heading.
7. Manuscript may contain as many tables, figures and plates as possible, as long as the paper does not exceed twelve (12) pages. Tables and figures must be numbered consecutively, given suitable caption and cited within the text.
8. Mathematical symbols and formulae should be numbered consecutively within the text. Uncommon and ambiguous symbols should be explained.
9. Use the international system of units (SI). Authors should also provide alternate units in parentheses for the convenience of readers who are not versed in the use of S.I. Units
The conference Registration fee only covers Book of Proceedings, Conference bag, Nametag and writing materials (writing pad and biro).
N2,000 would be paid for conference dinner and tour by interested participants.
Authors of accepted papers will be invited for oral presentation of their papers during the conference. Facilities will be available for PowerPoint presentation. Arrangements will be made for poster sessions. However, the preparation of the posters is the responsibility of authors whose papers are accepted for poster presentation.
Participants are to make arrangement for their accommodations from a wide range of rooms available in UI Hotel, Park plaza, Alumni centre and Guest Houses in Ibadan that are in close proximity to University of Ibadan campus. Participants who wish reservation to be made on their behalf should contact the Local Organizing Committee and indicate their preference. Some of the Hotels are:
1. Sango Hotels, 2.UI Hotel
3. Teacher’s House, 4.Park Plaza
5. Glory View Hotel, 6. P.I. Hostel
7. Hill Top Tavern, 8. Alumni Center, U.I.
9. Davies Hotel, 10.Premier Hotel
11. Check Inn
12. Bed &Breakfast Hotel
For further information, please contact any member of the local organizing committee.
1. Dr. B.O. Agbeja
Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, Department of Forest Resources Management,
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
2. Dr. G.A. Lameed
Secretary, Local Organizing Committee, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Management,
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
3. Dr. P.O. Adesoye
Financial Secretary, Local Organizing Committee, Department of Forest Resources Management, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
4. Dr. A.O. Omole
Social Secretary, Local Organizing Committee, Department of Forest Resources Management,
University of Ibadan, Nigeria
5. Dr. (Mrs.) Morenike Ojo
Publicity Secretary, Local Organizing Committee,
Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN)
Ibadan, Oyo State