1st International Symposium of Forest Engineering and Technologies (FETEC 2016)

An environmentally sensitive area (ESA) can be defined as a sensitive site which needs special protection, strategies, and implementations because of its natural features, ecological functions, wildlife, aesthetic or historical value. ESAs include, but are not limited to, native forests, high quality successional forests, national parks, essential wetlands, riparian areas, water bodies, important watersheds, karst features, wildlife reserves, world heritage areas, sensitive sites with significant natural and cultural values, and areas of high visual value.

The resources management activities can be undertaken in ESAs by considering specific guidelines; however, the principal value is conservation, including the protection of biodiversity, ecosystems, and habitats. On the other hand, designated forestry activities have to be carried out in a manner that protects the identified conservation values in ESAs.

“1st International Symposium of Forest Engineering and Technologies (FETEC 2016): Forest Harvesting and Roading in Environmentally Sensitive Areas” will be organized on 02-04 June 2016 at Bursa Technical University, Faculty of Forestry in the city of Bursa, which is located in such a region that is very rich in terms of forest products, forest resources, and environmentally sensitive areas in particular. The symposium co-organizers include IUFRO Division 3.01.00 and FETEC Platform. V. Forest Enginering and Technologies Workshop will be held during the symposium.

The aim of the symposium is to discuss the most recent scientific researches and professional works related to forest harvesting and roading activities taken place in environmentally sensitive areas with attendance of relevant shareholders, practitioners and international researchers from various regions of the world.

On behalf of the entire organizing committee I would like to sincerely welcome you to the FETEC2016 in Bursa.

Prof. Dr. Abdullah E. Akay

Symposium Chairman

Symposium Topics / Themes
The symposium will focus on the following themes:

Forests and Forest Products for a Greener Future
Environmentally friendly forest operations
Forest roads in environmentally sensitive areas
Forest, Soil and Water Interactions
Visual quality in sensitive areas

Symposium Topics / Main Topics
The Scientific Committee encourages Authors to submit abstracts dealing with one or more of the following main topics:

Forest harvesting and transportation planning in sensitive sites
Environmentally friendly logging operations
Reengineering of forest roads in environmentally sensitive areas
Applying precision forestry methods in sensitive sites
Harvesting and roading procedures in riparian forests
Environmental regulations on forest harvesting and transportation
Synthesizing harvesting systems and silvicultural prescriptions in sensitive sites
Environmental impact assessment of harvesting and roading activities
Using GIS and Remote Sensing technologies in environmentally studies
Visual quality assessment in environmentally sensitive areas

Bursa Technical University

Faculty of Forestry

16200 Bursa, Turkey

Tel: +90 (224) 300 34 26

Fax: +90 (224) 300 34 29

E-mail: fetec2016@btu.edu.tr



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