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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.104

Forest. Local business and Vital resource.


  • Dr. Viacheslav RUDNEV

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Traditionally the forest has a great complicated role as a being of human society. From generation to generation many peoples in different areas of the Earth used the forest as a place for leaving and a resource for carrying out their life-support activity. The forest gave wood for constructing houses, food for life and plants for medical treatment. As a result, the forest was not only an important resource for supporting the life of folk peoples, but also their “school” of life, full of sacred places (special groves). In the industrial period the main interest of society in a forest was concentrated on felling trees for buildings and using wood as a fuel. In the 20th century post industrial society attention has been focused on the role of the forest in the process of interchange of gases in the atmosphere (Tropical forests reduce the content of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere). The risks of global warming (and of changing the climate) has activated anxiety in modern society about forest. Local problems of deforestation in Amazonia area became a problem for the global world community. Deforestation in the Amazonia area became an alarming fact for ecologists. In this context special attention to local folk traditions in sparing nature (forest) using and folk ethics have value for modern society. In my presentation I will examine how local folk knowledge may be useful for solving modern global problems in the environment, in the context of next generations interests.