The active role of all stakeholders is important in the process of adaptation and modification of the forest management models in Slovenia. Therefore, the Department of Forestry and Renewable Forest Resources, Biotechnical Faculty decided to contribute to the public discussion on models regading the future organization of forestry in Slovenia. We assume thet the public discussion will contribute to a more efficient and transparent procedure in decision makeing process. At the conference the representattives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment presented currently registered models of the future organization of forestry in Slovenia. There were particularly presented and analyzed examples of some foreign practices by international expert with experience from European (German) and American systems of forest management (Prof. E. Zenner). Additionaly there were presented legal aspects of organizational structures of common public services and management activities in forestry. The conference was conducted with discussion on the pros and cons of the proposed models. The results of the expert judgment of alternative models of the future organization in forestry was provided to decision makers at the political level and the broad public.
B.01 Organiser of a scientific meetingCOBISS.SI-ID: 3579302
At the workshop, forest site production capacity in Slovenia was overviewed, major gaps in the knowledge of forest site productivity were highlighted, the established methodological procedures were presented and the potential for the introduction of novel methods for site productivity estimation was evaluated. The concept of forest site production capacity assessment from Switzerland was presented the potential for using the data on production capacity for the purposes of new real-estate tax scheme was critically evaluated. The consultation was attended by the representatives of research institutions (BF, GIS), public forestry service (SFS), the ministry in charge of forestry and Mapping and Surveying Authority of the Republic of Slovenia.
F.18 Transfer of new know-how to direct users (seminars, fora, conferences)
University of Ljubljana and MLU University, Udaipur, India signed in September 2013 an agreement on the exchange at the teaching and research. Co-operation between two institutions will be developed in the following fields: biotechnology, phytochemistry , bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides, integrated pest and disease management, botany and zoology. We are especially interested in the field of Plant Protection (general Plant Protection, Phytopathology and Entomology). We cooperate with the Microbial Research Lab, Department of Botany and Department of Biotechnology. Our introductory presentations were related to the presentation of Slovenia, especially biodiversity within the European Natura 2000 project. The protection of biodiversity in Europe has been for Indian researchers and professors a new and exciting field. And we were astonished and impressed by the nature of India: indian forests, which cover about 68 million hectares or 20 % of the country and represent one of the 12 mega biodiversity regions of the world. Western Ghats and Eastern Himalayas are among the 32 biodiversity hot spots of the world. India is home to 12 percent of the flora and 7 percent of the fauna of the world! We are particularly interesting in traditional Indian methods of agroforestry. This is a sustainable way of farming, which includes indigenous tree vegetation in order to improve the microclimate conditions, soil fertility and the use of natural phyto-pesticides of tree species for the purpose of pest control. This is the area that we will try to explore and test in our conditions.
B.05 Guest lecturer at an institute/university
The 12th International Symposium on Operations Research, called SOR’13, was the scientific event in the area of operations research, one of the traditional series of the biannual international OR conferences, organized in Slovenia by the Slovenian Society INFORMATIKA, Section for Operations Research (SSI-SOR). SOR’13 was held in DolenjskeToplice, Slovenia, from September 25 through September 27, 2013. SOR’13 was a continuity of eleven previous symposia. The main objective of SOR’13 was to advance knowledge, interest and education in OR in Slovenia and worldwide in order to build the intellectual and social capital that are essential in maintaining the identity of OR, especially at a time when interdisciplinary collaboration is proclaimed as significantly important in resolving problems facing the current challenging times. Further, when joining IFORS and EURO, SSI-SOR agreed to work together with diverse disciplines, i.e. to balance the depth of theoretical knowledge in OR and the understanding of theory, methods and problems in other areas within and beyond OR. We are sure that SOR’13 created the advantage of these objectives, contributed to the quality and reputation of OR with presenting and exchanging new developments, opinions, experiences in the OR theory and practice. The opening address at SOR’13 was given by Prof. Dr. L. Zadnik Stirn, the President of the Slovenian Section of Operations Research, Mr. Niko Schlamberger, the President of Slovenian Society INFORMATIKA, Prof. Dr. Janez Povh, the dean of Faculty of Information Studies, Novo mesto, and presidents/representatives of Operations Research Societies from neighboring countries. With the Proceedings SOR’13, the scientific activities of the symposium SOR’13 are available to all who participated in the symposium and to all who are interested in the contents and are considering to participate in the future SOR symposia. In the Proceedings are published only the articles blindly reviewed and accepted by two independent reviewers. The first part of the Proceedings SOR’13 comprises invited papers/abstracts, presented by outstanding scientists, the second part includes 56 papers written by 102 authors and co-authors. The papers published in the Proceedings are divided into sections: (the number of papers in each section is given in parentheses): Plenary Lectures (4), Mathematical Programming and Optimization (14), Graphs and their Applications (9), Multiple Criteria Decision Making (8), Econometric Models and Statistics (5), Production and Inventory (3), Finance and Investments (6), Location and Transport (6), Creative core FIS - Simulations (5). The Proceedings International Symposia on Operations Research organized by Slovenian Section of Operations Research is indexed in the following secondary and tertiary publications: Current Mathematical Publications, Mathematical Review and MathScinet, ZentralblattfuerMathematik/Mathematics Abstracts, MATH on STN International and CompactMath, INSPEC. Also the present Proceedings SOR’13 will be submitted and is supposed to be indexed in the same basis.
B.01 Organiser of a scientific meetingCOBISS.SI-ID: 3711398
The symposium was organized December 17th, 2013 in Pokljuka in the frame of international project Recharge.Green. 65 experts from Slovenia Forest Service, Biotechnical Faculty, Slovenian Forestry Institute, Ministry of agriculture and environment, regional development agencies, Triglav National Park, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, and University of Bern (Switzerland) participated the symposium. In the first part of the symposium, several lecturers presented the current concept of multi-objective forest management in Slovenia (mag. Zafran) and Swiss (prof. Rosset), the current system of priority areas determination due to different ecosystem services (doc. Pirnat), forestry experts' experiences with the ecosystem services consideration in in the field of forestry planning (Matijašić), models of multi-objective forest management and delineation of priority areas in forests (prof. Bončina) and results of a survey on priority areas in forestry (Simončič). In the second part, a »world café« workshop was organized. Its main result was a list of recommendations for the improvement of the current concept for forest function determination in the frame of multi-objective forest management. Main prepositions and massages were presented in an article, published in the professional journal Gozdarski vestnik, yet numerous dilemmas and open questions important for the completion of the multi-objective forest management concept were exposed.
F.18 Transfer of new know-how to direct users (seminars, fora, conferences)