August 21-23rd, 2019

University of British Columbia

xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Territory

Vancouver, BC


We welcome you to join us at the 2019 IUFRO Conference:

Transforming Forests and Forestry through Indigenous and Local Knowledges:

Reciprocity and Relationship Building in Forest Ecosystems


The future of forestry depends on inclusive stewardship and management.

Principled, reciprocal relationships are at the core of sustainable and resilient ecosystems.

Together we will celebrate the diversity in ways of being, knowing and doing forest research.



Through this event, we welcome knowledge holders to share their experiences in building equitable relationships within customary territories.

We hope to provide a point of convergence for Indigenous, Local and Western Knowledges to challenge power dynamics between different ways of knowing and to model the equitable co-production and sharing of knowledge.

The conference will include an initial day of relationship building among all participants and various events on the following two days. Our objective is to host a different kind of conference that positions the needs and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities at the center.







Conference Key Dates


March 2019

Abstract submission deadline (31st)

April 2019

Abstract approval (15th)

Deadline for Arranged Accommodation (must find your own accommodation after April 2019)

May 2019

Full program released (15th)

Early bird registration deadline (15th)

June 2019

Regular registration deadline (1st)

July 2019

August 2019



Please view draft program here 


Registration now open!

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