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IUFRO Announcements

2016-01-21

IUFRO-Japan News No. 116

Issue 116 of IUFRO News-Japan introduces to its readers APAFRI, the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions. It lists four IUFRO conferences where IUFRO officeholders from Japan are involved. In addition, there is an overview of major IUFRO events such as the 125th IUFRO Anniversary Congress and the IUFRO Regional Conferences for Asia and Oceania. And finally, the Durban Declaration of XIV World Forestry Congress is presented.

The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee is an organization established in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research, which cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.

Download PDF from: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/22494/95/iufro-japan-news-116_pdf/

Other Announcements

General

2016-02-08

Open Call for Applications for the IFSA Liaison Officer (LO) for IUFRO // 17 February 2016

The International Forestry Students' Associaion (IFSA) is inviting applications for the position of Liaison Officer for IUFRO. The LO (Liaison Officer) is the main correspondent between IFSA and one of its professional partners. LOs report directly to the President and are responsible for the management between IFSA and an official partner. IUFRO (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) is one of these partners. The successful candidate will take care of the following tasks: – Maintaining regular contact with both the IFSA President and the partner organisation; – Working with both parties to find suitable arrangements for collaborative activities; – Raising awareness of one organisation to the other; and – Ensuring an efficient changeover to the next LO and providing support at least until the end of the calendar year.

Organization: International Forestry Students' Associaion (IFSA)
Location: not applicable
Submit application by: 17 Feburary 2016 (rolling deadline: applications will be considered as they are submitted)

Details at: http://www.ifsa.net/open-call-for-applications-for-the-liaison-officer-lo-for-iufro/

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

2015-12-15

Foresters Call for Action: Future Land Management Needs Better Integration of Sectors Recommendations from the XIV World Forestry Congress

The XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC) delivers a strong message: global challenges require increased efforts to better manage land by integrating forests and other land uses. Why is better integration of forests and other land uses essential? What barriers on the ground must be overcome to simultaneously increase agricultural output and boost the productive and protective functions of forests? How can policymakers, the private sector, stakeholders and researchers contribute to a more integrated and sustainable approach to land use? This brief explains how these questions were addressed at the World Forestry Congress in South Africa in 2015. It aims to stimulate discussion as well as collaborative and crosssectoral planning and action at the landscape scale.

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

2016-01-26

Scientific Summary 134 in IUFRO News Vol. 45, Issue 1, January 2016

Siberian boreal forests play a major role in global climate regulation and biogeochemical cycles. However, knowledge about the population genetic structure of these forests is still insufficient.


Conserving Forest Genetic Resources in Siberia

The 4th International Conference on "Conservation of Forest Genetic Resources in Siberia" held in Barnaul, Russia, mainly aimed at developing an efficient scientific strategy for the protection and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Siberia, the Ural Mountains and the Far East. 76 participants from 11 countries representing 65 research organizations attended the meeting.  

The conference was timely and important due to the huge biospheric role that Siberian boreal forests play in global climate regulation and biogeochemical cycles. Despite this significant role there is still insufficient knowledge about the population genetic structure of the Siberian boreal forest and how it is affected by wildfires, anthropogenic effects (pollution, logging, etc.) and global climate change.

Participants concluded that new approaches based on the synthesis of traditional and modern molecular genetics and genomics methods were needed to develop efficient conservation and sustainable management programs, to protect and monitor the forest genetic potential and at the same time increase forest productivity and resilience, including plantation forests.


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Non-IUFRO Publications

2015-12-15

Foresters Call for Action: Future Land Management Needs Better Integration of Sectors Recommendations from the XIV World Forestry Congress

The XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC) delivers a strong message: global challenges require increased efforts to better manage land by integrating forests and other land uses. Why is better integration of forests and other land uses essential? What barriers on the ground must be overcome to simultaneously increase agricultural output and boost the productive and protective functions of forests? How can policymakers, the private sector, stakeholders and researchers contribute to a more integrated and sustainable approach to land use? This brief explains how these questions were addressed at the World Forestry Congress in South Africa in 2015. It aims to stimulate discussion as well as collaborative and crosssectoral planning and action at the landscape scale.

Position Announcements

2016-02-11

Assistant Professor, Forest Economics and Policy // 31 March 2016

The Department of Forestry at the University of Kentucky is currently seeking an Assistant Professor of Forest Economics and Policy. This is a 12-month, tenure-track appointment with anticipated starting date on July 1, 2016. Responsibilities include approximately 70% research, and 30% teaching, and this position will be instrumental in building a nationally recognized research program, as demonstrated by success in acquiring extramural funding, publication in leading refereed journals, and graduate student recruitment and mentorship. This position will work in an interdisciplinary environment with researchers in related fields, foster collaborative teaching and research opportunities with departmental faculty, and assist Forestry Extension on economic analysis of the region’s forest industry. Potential teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses in forest economics and policy, as well as a graduate course in the candidate’s area of emphasis. Contributions to the interdepartmental undergraduate program in Natural Resources and Environmental Science are expected.

Organization: Department of Forestry, University of Kentucky (UK)
Location: Lexington, KY, USA
Submit application by: Applications will be reviewed beginning March 31, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Details at: https://ukjobs.uky.edu/postings/94496 

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

2016-02-09

Forest ownership changes in Europe: trends, issues and needs for action - Final Conferenc of the COST Action FP1201 FACESMAP

Forest ownership is changing across the world. In Europe, various trends make up these ownership changes, including: institutional changes in Eastern European countries with restitution and privatization of forest land; increasing activities of investment funds in forestry; new community forestry for income or conservation purposes; afforestation of agricultural land; and change in lifestyle, motivations and attitudes of owners towards their forests. Indicators associated with these changes include: less farming, ageing population, depopulation of rural areas, and new objectives and goals of forest owners.At the same time, forest management objectives are becoming increasingly complex and often include timber production, biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and provision of other ecosystem services. As a result of changing ownership and management objectives, forest management practices are also changing. The interactions between ownership type, actual or appropriate forest management approaches, and policy, are fundamental in understanding and shaping forestry, and have been the focus of the COST Action FP1201 FACESMAP. This conference is the final event in FACESMAP, and aims to create a space for exchange of knowledge among researchers working on related topics in Europe within and outside the COST Action. Contributions from outside Europe are particularly welcome, if they present a comparison with European contexts.

Date: 7-9 September 2016
Location: Vienna, Austria
Organizers:
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna;
European Forest Institute Central-East and South-East European Regional Office (EFICEEC-EFISEE);
COST Action FP1201-Forest Land Ownership Changes in Europe: Significance for Management and Policy (FACESMAP)


Details at: http://www.eficeec.efi.int/portal/events/?bid=2296
Call: http://www.eficeec.efi.int/files/images/eficeec/events/cost_fp1201_conference_announcement_and_call_for_papers.pdf

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2016-02-09

Training School on "Marketing of Wild Forest Products: theory and practice"

A Call for the Training School on "Marketing of Wild Forest Products: theory and practice" under COST Action FP1203: European NWFPs Network is open. Training Schools are an important part of COST Actions and are intended to share knowledge and support collaboration. Within the scope of COST Action FP-1203 a Training School offering a general overview on methodological aspects related with non-wood forest product marketing has been prepared by Task Force 4 (Marketing). Topics to be covered include the business context analysis: (relationship product/market; property rights/ regulative framework), strategic marketing (segmentation - targeting), differentiation, positioning), operational marketing (marketing mix: 4+2 Ps, with special focus on pricing, logistic, branding, e-business, customer-supplier relationships). The course will combine theoretical lessons, case studies analysis and the presentation of some tools for marketing research: DBs (trade data, regulations, Codex Alimentarius, Google Analytics, …), value chain analysis, network analysis, social capital analysis. Discussions on real case studies presented to the participants will be also carried out. Early Stage Researchers are particularly encouraged to attend to this Training School. Attendance certificates will be issued to the participants.

Date: 14-18 March 2016  
Location: San Vito di Cadore, Belluno, Italy
Organizers: COST Action FP1203: European NWFPs Network

Submit application by: 19 February 2016

Details at: http://www.nwfps.eu/training-school-marketing/ 

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2016-02-09

Early Career Research Fellowship in Plant Health // 18 February 2016

The ECRF will be a key member of the Plant Health research group, a team of researchers with a primary focus on fungal and plant diversity relevant to plant health including the development of molecular identification tools, based on Kew’s world class fungal and plant collections. The team will focus on diseases of native UK plants as well as agricultural, forestry and horticultural pathogens, and may engage with citizen and international scientists in surveying, monitoring and researching plant health.

Organization: Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew
Location: Kew Gardens, Richmond, Wakehurst, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Submit application by: 18 February 2016

Details at: https://careers.kew.org/vacancy/early-career-research-fellowship-in-plant-health-251220.html

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

2015-06-08

Forest Economics Prize

Forestry: An International Journal of Forest Research, published by Oxford University Press, is proud to announce the launch of the Forest Economics Prize. This prize will be awarded to the best paper on forest economics accepted for publication in Forestry between 1 April 2015 and 29 February 2016. We are looking for innovative papers that inform polices and practice affecting the sustainable management of forests, woodlands and trees.

Details at: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/foresj/forestryeconomicsprize.html