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Land Webinar | UNDERTREES & AGROMIX EU Research Projects on Agroecology/Agroforestry

26 May 2021, 14:00

Land Use, Land Change, Land Management, Land System Science, Landscape, Soil-Sediment-Water Systems, Urban Contexts, Urban-rural Interactions, Land–Climate Interactions
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2nd Land Webinar

UNDERTREES & AGROMIX EU Research Projects on Agroecology/Agroforestry

The MDPI Journal Land, as well as some members of the European Union research projects UNDERTREES and AGROMIX, are pleased to present this webinar, as an activity of scientific dissemination, in which prestigious experts from all continents will share their research experiences in the fields of Agroecology and Agroforestry.

Prof. Manuel Pulido
University of Extremadura, Spain

Date: 26 May 2021

Time: 2:00 pm CEST

Webinar ID: 889 3588 5958

Webinar Secretariat: [email protected]

Chair: Prof. Manuel Pulido

Moderator: Prof. Susanne Schnabel

The following experts will present and talk:


Prof. Manuel Pulido, University of Extremadura, Spain

Manuel Pulido is Professor of Tourism Resources in the Faculty of Business and Tourism at Extremadura University (Spain), where he has taught since 2011. He regularly teaches natural heritage being particularly interesting the figures of protection of natural spaces. He has published some papers on geoheritage, land management, and soil quality indicators. He received his PhD from the University of Extremadura in 2014. His main research line is the study of soil quality and its relationship with land management in traditional agrosilvopastoral systems of SW Spain (dehesas).


Prof. Susanne Schnabel, University of Extremadura, Spain

Prof. Susanne Schnabel received her MSc in Geography from the University of Toronto and her PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin. She is director of the Research Institute for Sustainable Land Development and has carried out research on soil erosion, surface hydrology and land degradation in semiarid environments. She has coordinated a large number of research projects, developed mainly in the Mediterranean agroforestry system dehesa.


Prof. Luo Shiming, South China Agricultural University, China

Luo Shiming is a Professor at the Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Ecology, College of Resources and Environment at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China. He has been engaged in teaching and research on Agroecology since 1978. His first textbook on Agroecology was published in 1987. His research work mostly focused on the agroecosystem in subtropical China. His English book on “Agroecology in China” was published in 2016. He was the President of the Agroecology Committee from 2005-2013 under the China Society of Ecology. He also was the vice president of the China Society of Ecology from 2000-2009.


Prof. Misun Park, Seoul National University, Korea

Prof. Misun Park received her PhD in Forest Policy at the University of Gottingen in Germany. Prof. Park works in the academic field of agricultural, forest and environmental policy. Currently, Prof. Park is conducting research on green space management policies including urban forestry and urban agriculture, agroforestry policies in developing countries and biodiversity management policies at the national and global level. She works as a Coordinating Lead Author of IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) under the Sustainable Use of Wild Species. She works as a coordinator of Research Group 9.03.04 Traditional Forest Knowledge and a deputy coordinator of Working Party 9.01.07 Forests and the Media from IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations). She is a member of the international advisory board for the H2020 project AGROMIX (AGROforestry and MIXed farming systems).


Dr. Sara Burbi, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Assistant Professor Dr. Sara Burbi is trained as a qualified veterinary surgeon (University of Pisa, Italy) and received her PhD in Climate Change and Agriculture from Coventry University, UK. She leads the research on agroecological livestock and agroforestry farming systems at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at Coventry University. Among her current research projects, she is project coordinator (PI) of the €7m H2020-RIA project AGROMIX; leads CAWR team in the H2020 MSCA-RISE project UNDERTREES, leading Training and Career Development tasks; and she's part of the recently awarded H2020-CSA project AE4EU 'Agroecology for Europe', that started in January 2021. Sara has worked in Europe and in Latin America as a veterinarian, lecturer and on community relief and knowledge exchange programmes. Her main research interests are livestock farming, agroforestry and the co-creation of knowledge between researchers and practitioners in a multi-actor approach. Sara has designed the Rapid Farm Practices Assessment (RFPA) tool to provide practical advice to farmers on how to improve their farm management in order to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while creating opportunities for farmers to work as co-researchers.


Prof. Stephen Adu-Bredu, CSIR-Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, Ghana

Prof. Stephen Adu-Bredu is a Principal Research Scientist of the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-FORIG), and he was Deputy Director of the Institute from January 2013 to June 2015. He obtained his BSc degree in Natural Resources Management from the then University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana in 1988. He proceeded to Nagoya University, Japan to pursue graduate programmes and he obtained Master and Doctoral degrees in Agricultural Sciences, majoring in Forestry, in 1994 and 1997, respectively. He has been engaged in research and teaching but skewed towards research. His research work is focused on System Ecology, Site Productive Capacity of Planted Forest, Climate Change Related Research, and vegetation carbon stock assessment. He has been collaborating with some universities in Europe and elsewhere in various research work, notably among them are the University of Oxford, University of Liverpool, University of Exeter and University of Cardiff.


Prof. Francis Dube, University of Concepción, Chile

Prof. Francis Dube received his PhD in Forest Sciences in 2010. His main research line is the study of carbon sequestration, GHG emissions and mitigation of climate change through the use of agroforestry and other land-use systems, with a special emphasis on native forests and volcanic soils of the Andes. He is the director of the Ranchillo Alto Research & Teaching Forest at the University of Concepción. In 2020, he joined the editorial board of Agroforestry Systems as an associate editor.


Prof. María Claudia Dussi, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Argentina

Prof. Maria Claudia Dussi is a full professor of Agroecology and temperate fruit physiology and culture at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Comahue National University, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina. She led a study group in sustainability of agroecosystems (GESAF), and trains graduate students in indicators of sustainability, energy flux and efficiency and carbon footprint in agroecosystems. She is Board member of the Latin America Scientific Society of Agroecology (SOCLA), Vice-chair Commission Agroecology and organic farming systems ISHS and board member of the Argentinean Society of Agroecology (SAAE). Prof. Dussi was involved in organizing the XI International Pear Symposium in Argentina in 2010, Convener of the IHC2018 Workshop on Agroecology and Education and co-convener of the Symposium ‘Agroecology and system approach for sustainable and resilient horticultural production’ IHC 2022.

Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST

Prof. Manuel Pulido

Chair Introduction

2:00 – 2:05 pm

Prof. Luo Shiming

Trees in Agroecosystems Structure and Its Functions, Cases in China

2:05 – 2:25 pm

Prof. Mi Sun Park

South Korean Agroforestry Policy Focusing on Wild-Simulated Ginseng

2:25 – 2:45 pm

Dr. Sara Burbi

Agroecology in Europe: Principles, Perceptions and Realities

2:45 – 3:05 pm

Prof. Stephen Adu-Bredu

Research experiences in Africa

3:05 – 3:25 pm

Prof. María Claudia Dussi

Agroecological Transformation Experiences in Temperate Fruit Production

3:25 – 3:45 pm

Prof. Francis Dube

Agroforestry for Mitigation of Climate Change in Chile

3:45 – 4:05 pm

Round Table
moderated by Prof. Susanne Schnabel

Topic 1: Agroecology/Agroforestry as Weapons to Reverse Global Change

Topic 2: Agroecology/Agroforestry to Sustain Production and Improve Its Environment

4:05 – 4:30 pm

Closing of Webinar
Prof. Manuel Pulido

4:30 – 4:35 pm

Webinar Content

On Wednesday, 26 May 2021, MDPI and the Journal Land organized the 2nd webinar on Land, entitled "UNDERTREES & AGROMIX EU Research Projects on Agroecology/Agroforestry".

The introduction was held by the Chair of the webinar, Prof. Manuel Pulido. He is a Professor of Tourism Resources in the Faculty of Business and Tourism at the Extremadura University in Spain and he regularly teaches natural heritage being particularly interesting the figures of protection of natural spaces. Prof. Pulido has published papers on geoheritage, land management, and soil quality indicators.

The first speaker to quick off this webinar was Prof. Luo Shiming. He is a Professor at the Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Ecology, College of Resources and Environment at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China and his research work mostly focused on the agroecosystem in subtropical China. His presentation was entitled "Trees in Agroecosystems Structure and Its Functions, Cases in China".

The second presentation with the title "South Korean Agroforestry Policy Focusing on Wild-Simulated Ginseng" was held by Prof. Mi Sun Park from the Seoul National University in Korea. She works in the academic field of agricultural, forest and environmental policy. Currently, Prof. Park is conducting research on green space management policies including urban forestry and urban agriculture, agroforestry policies in developing countries and biodiversity management policies at the national and global level.

Dr. Sara Burbi, the third speaker, leads the research on agroecological livestock and agroforestry farming systems at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) at the Coventry University, UK. Among her current research projects, she is project coordinator (PI) of the €7m H2020-RIA project AGROMIX; leads CAWR team in the H2020 MSCA-RISE project UNDERTREES, leading Training and Career Development tasks; and she's part of the recently awarded H2020-CSA project AE4EU 'Agroecology for Europe', that started in January 2021. Her presentation was entitled "Agroecology in Europe: Principles, Perceptions and Realities".

The fourth presentation, entitled "Research Experiences in Africa" was held by Prof. Stephen Adu-Bredu. He is a Principal Research Scientist of the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-FORIG).His research work is focused on System Ecology, Site Productive Capacity of Planted Forest, Climate Change Related Research, and vegetation carbon stock assessment.

Prof. María Claudia Dussi held the fifth presentation, entitled "Agroecological Transformation Experiences in Temperate Fruit Production". She is a full Professor of Agroecology and temperate fruit physiology and culture at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Comahue National University, Rio Negro, Patagonia, Argentina. Prof. Dussi was involved in organizing the XI International Pear Symposium in Argentina in 2010, Convener of the IHC2018 Workshop on Agroecology and Education and co-convener of the Symposium ‘Agroecology and system approach for sustainable and resilient horticultural production’ IHC 2022.

The last presentation with the title "Agroforestry for Mitigation of Climate Change in Chile" was held Prof. Francis Dube from the University of Concepción in Chile. His main research line is the study of carbon sequestration, GHG emissions and mitigation of climate change through the use of agroforestry and other land-use systems, with a special emphasis on native forests and volcanic soils of the Andes.

The presentations were followed by a Q&A and a Round Table, moderated by the Chair and Prof. Susanne Schnabel. Prof. Schnabel is director of the Research Institute for Sustainable Land Development and has carried out research on soil erosion, surface hydrology and land degradation in semiarid environments.

The webinar was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found here on Sciforum website. In order to stay updated on the next webinars on Land, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Subscribe” at the top of the page.

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