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IUFRO Announcements

2017-04-26

IUFRO-Japan News No. 120

IUFRO-Japan News No. 120 will provide readers with information on the International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA) and the latest activities of IUFRO's Special Programme for Development of Capacities (IUFRO-SPDC). It also reports about the 2016 event "FORCOM/SFEM/2016 - Sustainable Forest Management in a rapidly changing world: Philosophy and Technology for forest resource management" which was held in Tsu-City. It also gives an outlook on important future iufro events, such as the 125th IUFRO Anniversary Congress to be held in Freiburg, Germany, in September 2017.

The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee (http://www.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/labs/iufroj/index_Eng.htm) is an organization launched in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research, which cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.

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Other Announcements

General

2017-02-15

VII Edition of International Contest YPEF - Invitation to participate

YPEF is an international contest for students, which aims for education on forest, forestry and ecology in European countries. The knowledge base (learning material) covers forest and forestry of Europe as a whole and in the participating countries respectively. YPEF has been organized by forestry institutions and non-governmental organizations from participating European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Ukraine) for 7 years. The seventh edition of the international contest "Young People in European Forests" (YPEF) has recently been announced by the YPEF International Commission. National stages of the contest will be held between 1st of February and 15th of September 2017. The European Stage will be organized by the Hungarian Forestry Association and will take place in Sopron, Hungary in the last week of September 2017.

Details at: http://www.ypef.eu/    

UNECE

2014-08-20

Interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe (UNECE, FAO)

New interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe at w3.unece.org/pxweb/Dialog/.

UNEP

2015-07-20

Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health. A State of Knowledge Review

A new UNEP/CBD/WHO publication shows how the planet's capacity to sustain a healthy future is jeopardized.


The last 50 years have seen unprecedented improvements in human health, as measured by most conventional metrics. This human flourishing has, however, been at the cost of extensive degradation to the Earth’s ecological and biogeochemical systems. The impacts of transformations to these systems; including accelerating climatic disruption, land degradation, growing water scarcity, fisheries degradation, pollution, and biodiversity loss; have already begun to negatively impact human health. Left unchecked these changes threaten to reverse the global health gains of the last several decades and will likely become the dominant threat to health over the next century.

FAO

2016-12-07

FAO: Guidelines on urban and peri-urban forestry

These guidelines are the result a consultative process that involved a large number of practitioners from both developed and developing countries. Two meetings were held in Glasgow and Delhi and a tentative outline was agreed upon. The guidelines are intended to provide a reference framework for decision makers and planners to adequately plan, design and manage the forest and trees in and around their cities. The document will include a general overview of the role of urban and peri-urban forests (UPF) towards a sustainable urban development, as well as specific chapters recommending policy and management actions to be taken to maximize UPF contribution in addressing both global and local challenges.

CBD

2015-07-20

Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health. A State of Knowledge Review

A new UNEP/CBD/WHO publication shows how the planet's capacity to sustain a healthy future is jeopardized.


The last 50 years have seen unprecedented improvements in human health, as measured by most conventional metrics. This human flourishing has, however, been at the cost of extensive degradation to the Earth’s ecological and biogeochemical systems. The impacts of transformations to these systems; including accelerating climatic disruption, land degradation, growing water scarcity, fisheries degradation, pollution, and biodiversity loss; have already begun to negatively impact human health. Left unchecked these changes threaten to reverse the global health gains of the last several decades and will likely become the dominant threat to health over the next century.

Publications

2017-05-11

Annual Report 2016 – Highlights

Just published: Concise version of IUFRO Annual Report 2016 with President’s summary and outlook by Vice-Presidents now available! Full version under way!


In his summary "2016 in a Nutshell" IUFRO President Mike Wingfield looks back on the highlights of the past year, including, of course, the successful 1st IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania held in Beijing, China, the launch of the latest GFEP study on illegal logging and related timber trade and the active cooperation with the International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA).

In their outlook chapter, IUFRO Vice-Presidents Björn Hånell and John Parrotta do not only focus on the upcoming IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress but also outline some key areas of future forest-related research such as urban forestry and forest and landscape restoration. In doing so, they are making striking references to the holistic approaches of the exceptional 19th century scientist Alexander von Humboldt.

The full Annual Report 2016 is still in the making and should be available within the next couple of weeks.


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Non-IUFRO Publications

2017-04-25

UNESCO: Forest Management and the impact on water resources: a review of 13 countries

Trees have been around for more than 370 million years, and today there are about 80 thousand species of them, occupying 3.5 billion hectares worldwide, including 250 million ha of commercial plantations. While forests can provide tremendous environmental, social, and economic benefitsto nations, they also affect the hydrologic cycle in different ways. As the demand for water grows and local precipitation patterns change due to global warming, plantation forestry has encountered an increasing number of water-related conflicts worldwidethis document provides a country-by-country summary of the current state of knowledge on the relationship between forest management and water resources. Based on available research publications, the Editor-in-Chief of this document contacted local scientists from countries where the impact of forest management on water resources is an issue, inviting them to submit a chapter. A greater focus by future research on the interaction between forest management, water management and gender issues can help to better understand their interconnection and to identify ways to strengthen the management of both resources while fostering gender equality.

Position Announcements

2017-05-24

Assistant Director: Division of Operations // 16 June 2017

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is inviting applications for the post of Assistant Director: Division of Operations. The Assistant Director-Operations, under the general direction of the Executive Director, will be responsible for the overall operations of the Organization; for external relations and communication;and for promoting producer-consumer relations including on issues related to markets and forestproducts supply chains.

Organization: International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
Duty station: Yokohama, Japan
Submit application by: 16 June 2017

Details: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/26693/5545/nb-itto-VAC_AD_Operations_170518_pdf/

IUFRO Meetings

2015-02-23

IUFRO All-Division 2 Conference

Date: 17-24 June 2018
Organizers: IUFRO Division 2 - Physiology and Genetics
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Other Meetings/Events

2017-05-15

14th Wood-Technology Conference

Wood-Technology Conference is the central annual gathering of forest-based industries in Croatia and South-East European region. Traditionally, more than 250 representatives of the forestry, wood-processing industry, energy sector, NGOs, government authorities, scientific-research community, investors, designers, technology suppliers etc. will be present in Opatija during this two-day event to discuss sectoral policies and trends on the Croatian, South-East European and EU level. Many companies, institutions and associations from the forest-based industries already confirmed their participation, and support from the important EU policy makers and associations is also expected.

Date: 5-6 June 2017
Location: Opatija, Croatia
Organizer: Croatian Wood Cluster

Details at: http://www.drvna-konferencija.hr/en/        

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2017-05-16

One-week PhD level course: State-of-the-art International Forest Policy

The course aims to provide understanding of international forest policy on global as well as European level from a broad social science perspective, with an emphasis on the economics perspective. The course aims at an interdisciplinary audience, welcoming students not only from core social sciences but also from management of natural resources, forests being one example. The course also aims at progress from a theoretical definition of forest policy to practical examples of forest policy on the EU level. The course especially invites graduate students from the agricultural and natural sciences universities in the Nordic and Baltic region. Government officials from e.g., forest agencies or staff at forest companies are also welcome to participate in the course.

Date: not set yet (Course period: 2017-09-04 – 2017-10-08)
Location: Umeå, Sweden
Organizers: Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and the North European Regional Office of the European Forest Institute, EFINORD, in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, CERE, the Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics, SSFE, and the University of Copenhagen

Submit application by: 10 July 2017

Details at: http://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-economics/education/phd-education/phd-courses/state-of-the-art-international-forest-policy/      

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2017-02-20

APFNet Scholarship Program (ASP) 2017

Launched in 2010 under the APFNet's Capacity Building Framework, the ASP is a scholarship program that supports qualified students in completing a Master's degree program related to Sustainable Forest Management and rehabilitation. So far APFNet has cooperated with Beijing Forestry University and Nanjing Forestry University (NJFU) as the two host universities of the Program, and two more universities targeting the Greater Central Asia region in 2017 (Inner Mongolia Agriculture University and Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University). In 2017, APFNet plans to select and support about 18 qualified students.

Organization: Asia Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) 
Duration: 2 years, starting from September 2017
Submit application by: 30 May 2017

Details at: http://www.apfnet.cn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=983&Itemid=128       

Fellowship Programs

2014-09-04

Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship

Bioversity International established the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa  to honour the memory and celebrate the work of Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scientist from a university or national research institute in sub-Saharan Africa, with support from the CGIAR Research Program for Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. For more information, please visit: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/about-us/opportunities/fellowships/abdou-salam-ouedraogo-fellowship/.

Awards

IUFRO Awards

2014-09-15

Congress-related IUFRO Awards

Scientific Achievement Award (SAA) - More info
Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (ODRA) - More info
IUFRO Student Award for Excellence in Forest Sciences (ISA) - More info

Furthermore, the Congress will also offer:
Best Poster Award (BPA) - More info
IUFRO World Congress Host Scientific Award - More info

Special Issue IUFRO News (8/2014): Scientific Awards - IUFRO World Congress 2014

Non-IUFRO Awards

2017-05-10

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

The BBVA Foundation invites nominations for the 10th edition of its Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. These awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of lasting impact for their originality, theoretical significance and ability to push back the frontiers of the known world. These international awards span eight categories: Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics), Biomedicine, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Information and Communication Technologies, Economics, Finance and Management, Contemporary Music, Climate Change and Development Cooperation. Candidates shall be one or more natural persons of any nationality. In categoroies 7 and 8, entries are also open to agencies and organizations in the private (not-for profit) sector. Awards in each category come with €400,000 prize money, a diploma and a commemorative artwork.

Organizer: BBVA
Submit application by: 30 June 2017, 23:00 GMT

Details and nominations: www.fbbva.es/awards