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2017-06-28

"FORSD" Forest Science for Sustainable Development of Forests 25 Years of Forestry of the Republic of Srpska

On the occasion of silver Jubilee (25 years), the Faculty of Forestry, University of Banja Luka, organizes the International Scientific Conference 'FORSD' in Banja Luka (the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina). The main objectives of the conference are: - Exchange of knowledge and experiences in forestry and related fields; - Establishing international cooperation among institutions; - Improving cooperation between forestry science and practice through application of modern scientific findings in forestry practice; - Promotion of sustainable forestry development goals, protection of forests and forest resources at national and global level.

Date: 7–9 December 2017
Location: Banja Luka, the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Organizers: Faculty of Forestry, University of Banja Luka; International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

IMPORTANT DATES:
Submission of abstracts: 10 September 2017
Acceptance of abstracts: 30 September 2017
Conference program: 20 October 2017

Details at: http://forsd.unibl.org/  and http://forsd.conforganiser.com/download.php/?resource=http://ekonferencije.com/conference/downloadConferenceFile/251/1&name=First%20call-%20Deadline%20for%20Apstract%20submision%20is%20extended.pdf     

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

2017-07-13

4th European Forest Week

First celebrated in 2008, the European Forest Week provides a unique opportunity to increase the forest sector's visibility and to influence pan-European and global discussions related to forests. The week is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with the Ministry of Environment of Poland. The city of Warsaw will host the 2017 European Forest Week, which will be held in conjunction with Las2017 ('las' means 'forest' in Polish), the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee of Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC). National and local activities held during this week in participating countries will raise awareness on forests, our common good, through contests, exhibitions, talks and videos.

Organizer: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Ministry of Environment of Poland
Date: 9-13 October 2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland

Details: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/en/ 

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

2017-07-20

IUFRO Anniversary Congress Spotlight #46 - Getting a handle on future needs of forestland owners

This is first in a series of Spotlight articles highlighting individual sessions at the upcoming IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress. It looks at the trends and needs in forest landowner research.


Dr. Brett Butler, of the U.S. Forest Service, is coordinating the session and says: "There are numerous individual researchers and institutions that study these private owners, but the opportunities to directly compare findings and methods across countries are limited.

"The IUFRO Congress provides a venue in which we can facilitate a dialogue among those who research private forest owners. It will give us a chance to ask what common trends we are seeing and what are the differences."

See you at the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg, Germany!
Look out for #IUFRO2017 on Twitter and @iufro2017 on Facebook!
The detailed Congress program will be available in early August.


Further reading:


Read the full Spotlight article:

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

2017-07-13

Four PhD positions at Woody Weeds Project // deadline not indicated

Four new PhD positions in Kenya, Tanzania and Switzerland are available at the Woody Weeds project:

- Implementing Sustainable Land Management (SLM) strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of woody invasive alien species in the East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania)

- Implementing Sustainable Land Management (SLM) strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of woody invasive alien species in Baringo County (CETRAD, Nanyuki, Kenya)

- Principles of SLM for the mitigation of the negative effects of woody IAS (CDE, University of Bern, Switzerland)

- Woody invasive alien species in East Africa: assessing the benefits of management on biodiversity and rural livelihoods (CABI, Nairobi, Kenya)

Organization: Woody Weeds Project 
Duty station: Kenya, Tanzania and Switzerland
Submit application by: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until 30 August 2017.

Details: http://woodyweeds.org/?p=489              

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

2017-07-13

4th European Forest Week

First celebrated in 2008, the European Forest Week provides a unique opportunity to increase the forest sector's visibility and to influence pan-European and global discussions related to forests. The week is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with the Ministry of Environment of Poland. The city of Warsaw will host the 2017 European Forest Week, which will be held in conjunction with Las2017 ('las' means 'forest' in Polish), the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee of Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC). National and local activities held during this week in participating countries will raise awareness on forests, our common good, through contests, exhibitions, talks and videos.

Organizer: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Ministry of Environment of Poland
Date: 9-13 October 2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland

Details: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/en/ 

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2017-07-06

Summer School: Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes

This course examines forestry from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. The focus will be on ecosystem services that forests provide, and the students should therefore have at least a basic understanding of ecosystem functions. Advanced Master's or Doctoral degree students are warmly invited on this course as are young professionals in a field related to the topics covered. In addition, professionals already in the working life may want to take this course to update their skills. This course seeks to enhance our understanding of forest ecosystem services, not least as the future of global forest resources is a daily concern in international policy debate and processes.

Date: 8-24 August 2017
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Organizers: Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI), Department of Forest Sciences, University of Helsinki

Submit application by: 31 July 2017

Details at: http://www.helsinkisummerschool.fi/courses/course/managing-sustainable-forest-landscapes/     

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2017-06-28

UBC Faculty of Forestry’s Future Forests Fellowship

As one of the world's top forestry schools, the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia is giving away the largest single grant (up to $280,000) for a forestry student. The fellowship recipient will enroll in UBC Forestry's PhD program and conduct research focused in British Columbia in one of the following areas: Forest Products Biotechnology - Bioenergy - Forest Genomics - Climate Change - Urban Forestry - Forest Management - Conservation - Forested Landscapes - Salmon Ecology - Forest Health - Forests and Indigenous Peoples - Forests and Human Health. Applicants must intend to undertake doctoral research in one of the following areas of excellence for the Faculty of Forestry. The research must be conducted, at least in part, in British Columbia, and should result in an outcome which has practical application in BC.

Institution: Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)

Application Timeline
Opening Date: The FFF application and list of supporting documents required will be made available starting August 1, 2017. In order to be considered for the Fellowship, a complete PhD program application (September 2018 intake) must also be submitted.
Closing Deadline: The FFF and PhD applications, plus all required supporting documentation, must be submitted by 4pm PST, Friday, November 24, 2017. The award recipient announcement will be made in January 2018.

Details: http://future.forestry.ubc.ca/clkg/http/forestry.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2017/04/FFL-Guidelines-.pdf

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

2016-10-08

Marcus Wallenberg Prize

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize, encourage and stimulate pathbreaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and to technical development within the fields of importance to forestry and forest industries.

Details: http://mwp.org/