Welcome to IUFRO Uruguay 2011

Dear forestry colleagues and friends,

On behalf of the National Agricultural Research Institute (INIA) in Uruguay, the University of Uruguay (UDELAR) and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) it is an honor for me to welcome all you to the IUFRO Forest Health Joint Meeting to be held from 8th to 11th November in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay.

With great enthusiasm and in a cooperative spirit together with the Organizing Committee and the Scientific Committee, we have coordinated our efforts to honor the well known Uruguayan hospitality in order to host this important international event. We have worked hard to develop an attractive meeting program dealing with most important Forest Health related issues that arouse great interest within the scientific community as well as within the private forestry companies worldwide. You may reckon that the contributions to the program in the form of oral and posters presentations will motivate a rich exchange of knowledge and experiences among participants during the meeting. In addition, a one-day field trip will help us to better understand most topics discussed during the Congress sessions.

The challenge of organizing this meeting in Uruguay was motivated by the massive development of the forestry sector in several countries in South America, including Uruguay, during the last decades, the increasing significance of the forest ecosystems worldwide and the preponderant role of the Forest Protection tasks in these ecosystems. This Forest Health Joint Meeting also aims to be the opportunity for many researchers around the world to share with the scientific community their understanding about the dynamic of forest insects and pathogens and the new knowledge on alternatives for pest and disease management.

Beyond the strict scientific aspects of the Congress, you will be engrossed by the friendly city of Colonia, located by the Río de la Plata, which has been listed as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Time is also appropriate to visit South America since many countries, including Uruguay, are commemorating in this decade the Bicentenary of the Independence Insurrection. The colonial architecture and the charming streets of Colonia with ancient paving stones will invite us to walk around on the city after the work sessions, stimulating further experiences exchanges among participants.

I would also like to point out the importance of joining efforts to organize further forestry related events in close future in South America, a region with great potential for this sector and with a well-known scientist community.

Personally, I will do my best to meet the expectations awaked by the congress. I also want to extent my gratitude to the Institutions that gave us the support and framework for this event.

Finally, all I want to say is Welcome to all you to Uruguay!

Dr. Roberto Scoz



8th JULY

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