30 May, 2016
Riding the storm: Insights to global tree health issues
The Tree Protection Co-operative Programme (TPCP) hosted its 27th annual meeting at the University of Pretoria on 17 and 18 May. The annual symposium brought together foresters, scientists and industry stakeholders from around the world under one roof for discussions on matters related to tree and forest health. Established in 1990, the TPCP is the single largest global project focused specifically on tree health. Attendees once again shared new technologies, research findings and lessons learnt across various fields of global forest health.
FABI Director, Professor Mike Winfield chaired the programme, which brought together speakers from Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, South Africa and the United States. Executive Director of Forestry South Africa (FSA) Michael Peter opened the first day's proceedings with a reflective presentation on the forestry industry's contribution to the economy, its challenges with pest and diseases as well as its commitment to supporting research and development beneficial to the industry. He also emphasised the benefits of more integrated research and partnerships with programmes such as those at FABI.