FOREWORD

During the past few decades an ecological crisis encompassed the entire biosphere, and at the turn of the 21st century, like never before the world faces uncertain survival prospects due to the intensive degradation and destruction of the environment. The decrease and fragmentation of forest covered areas resulting in the impoverished biodiversity are only some of the crucial factors exerting pressure on the global ecosystem. Stability based on sustainable utilization, restoration and recovery of degraded forest ecosystems is one of the imperatives of civilization, impossible to achieve without the engagement of a sufficient number of competent experts. The complex issues of forestry and the related fields require a specific educational process to qualify professionals capable of getting full insight into natural resources exploitation on the one hand, and participating in meeting of the material demands of civilization on the other. At the same time, there is a need for constant efforts aimed at the creation of new initiatives and documents designed for forestry development, defining of the conditions for sustainable utilization and natural resources protection, as well as preventive activities in the protection against natural catastrophes. The expansion and intensification of professional communication, establishment of a common research network and knowledge and experience exchange help create common awareness of the scientific and professional community, which is also the primary aim of the First International Forestry Congress organised in Serbia as part of the activities marking the 90-year jubilee of work at the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Belgrade.

 

The Organisation Board