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IUFRO Announcements

2015-02-17

IUFRO-Japan News No. 113

The IUFRO-Japan Committee has just published its latest newsletter covering mostly the XXIV IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City, USA.

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/uploads/media/iufro-japan-news-113.pdf

Other Announcements

General

2015-02-25

New practical guidance in tree conservation techniques

The Global Trees Campaign (GTC) is pleased to announce the publication of a series of practical guidance briefs for threatened tree conservation. Aimed at non-specialists, the guidance aims to provide conservation practitioners or site managers who are not botanists or foresters, with best practice guidance on the skills required to conserve threatened trees.

In all, nine different briefs are available covering some of the major skills required to survey, monitor and reinforce wild populations of threatened trees. A short summary of each brief is provided in the attached document and all of the briefs are available online at www.globaltrees.org/resources/practical-guidance. Spanish and Chinese translations will be available soon.

You are invited to share these briefs with your field teams, partners, and other collaborators, and that they will find them useful - and possibly inspire them to start targeted action for any threatened tree species that occur in their areas.

Feedback, questions, additional support: globaltrees(at)fauna-flora.org
Details at: http://globaltrees.org/resources/resource-type/practical-guidance/

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

2014-08-20

Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy

A report by the International Resource Panel (IRP) and the UN REDD Programme, outlines how integrating REDD+ programmes into a Green Economy approach can conserve and even boost the economic and social benefits forests provide to human society.

To download the report, please visit: http://www.un-redd.org/IRPReport/tabid/132330/Default.aspx#infographics
To download info-graphics visit: http://www.un-redd.org/IRPReport/tabid/132330/Default.aspx#infographics

FAO

2014-12-10

Climate change guidelines for forest managers

This document provides guidance on what forest managers should consider in assessing vulnerability, risk, mitigation options, and actions for adaptation, mitigation and monitoring in response to climate change. Recommended actions for climate change adaptation address impacts on: forest productivity; biodiversity; water availability and quality; fire; pests and diseases; extreme weather events; sea-level rise; and economic, social and institutional considerations. A range of mitigation actions is provided, along with guidance on the additional monitoring and evaluation that may be required in forests in the face of climate change.

Download by chapters: http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3383e/i3383e00.htm
Download PDF: http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i3383e/i3383e.pdf  

CBD

2014-10-22

United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB)

Find the basic facts about biodiversity in The Youth Guide on Biodiversity: http://www.fao.org/docrep/017/i3157e/i3157e00.htm

The promotional video outlining the goals of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB) is available in English on the UNDB website at: http://www.cbd.int/2011-2020.

Publications

2015-02-25

IUFRO News Vol. 44, Issue 2, February 2015

Read about IUFRO's contributions to discussions about the International Arrangement on Forests and, learn about the positive effects of urban forests and green space on people's health...


Executive Director Alexander Buck represented IUFRO at the second meeting of the open-ended intergovernmental ad hoc expert group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) in New York. The deliberations on a future International Arrangement on Forests and the post-2015 Development Agenda provide member states, organizations and stakeholders with an opportunity to further strengthen the link between science and policy.

Currently, tree experts are working with the World Health Organization to develop guidelines for improving human access to green space in urban areas. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals also include making more green space available, especially for young people and the elderly. In a press release issued by the International Society of Arboriculture, Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, a noted expert on urban forestry and urban greening in the department of landscape architecture, planning and management at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and an IUFRO officeholder, gives example of successful cooperation between health and forest experts.


To read the full text please choose among the PDF and Word options:

IUFRO News 2, 2015 (PDF)
IUFRO News 2, 2015 (Word document)


Non-IUFRO Publications

2015-02-11

RIABM’s Approach to Cross-Landscape Knowledge-Sharing: Ingredients for Success

The RIABM (Ibero-American Model Forest Network) links 29 territories and 15 member countries where participatory landscape management initiatives are being conducted. The network is a voluntary partnership between Model Forests backed by government representatives from each member country.

This paper seeks to answer the question, "what makes RIABM a dynamic learning network?" It will quickly review the network's structure and introduce the types of knowledge that are exchanged and the levels at which these exchanges are taking place. It will then examine the specific activities employed to conduct these, and describe the basic ingredients of our success. Finally, it will present an outlook of what is considered to be two important components of our current and future strategy: local leadership and forest culture. The very last section gives an overview our main challenges as a network.

This piece aims to provide insights for other similar networks and for "learning landscapes" leaders. It seeks to reflect on our approach as a basis for the creation of strong and effective networking initiatives.

Authors: Josique Lorenzo, Red Iberoamericana de Bosques Modelo (RIABM) - Fernando Carrera, RIABM - Ronnie de Camino, CATIE - Roger Villalobos, Alianza Bosque Modelo Reventazón

Details at: http://www.bosquesmodelo.net/riabms-approach-to-cross-landscape-knowledge-sharing-ingredients-for-success/

Position Announcements

2015-03-05

Postdoc in Insect Chemical Ecology // 1 April 2015

The Pheromone Group, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden, is seeking a candidate with a Ph.D. in a relevant field of biology and be fluent in spoken and written English. He/she should also have a strong background in chemical ecology and/or entomology. Previous experiences from insect behavioural experiments, techniques for odour collection and chemical analysis, and from electrophysiology are merits.

Organization: The Pheromone Group, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden
Location: The Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden is located in Lund, Sweden
Submit application by: 1 April 2015

Details at: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/18220/5545/nb-Postdoc_Insect_chemical_ecology_Lund_Univ_doc/

Other information: A one-year postdoctoral fellowship, with the possibility of one year of extension, is available.

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

2015-03-02

Symposium "Observing Ecosystem Transition" - 10 Years Hühnerwasser / Chicken Creek Catchment

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Hühnerwasser catchment in September 2015 the Symposium "Observing ecosystem transition – 10 years Hühnerwasser / Chicken Creek catchment" will present highlights from the ongoing research in this landscape observatory. The very dynamic development of this very young system makes ecosystem transitions clearly visible within a very short period of time. Thus, a number of different developmental phases could be distinguished until now with regard to geomorphological, hydrological as well as biological patterns and processes. The symposium will be completed by selective keynote contributions. These contributions from invited speakers will focus on e.g. concepts and models of state transitions as well as on importance and potentials of landscape or critical zone observatories.

Date: 28-29 September 2015
Location: Cottbus, Germany
Organizers: Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg, Research Center Landscape Development and Mining Landscapes

Details at: https://www.tu-cottbus.de/projekte/en/oekosysteme/symposium-10-years-huehnerwasser.html

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2015-02-16

Introduction to Wood Science and Forest Products course

The overall purpose of this three-day course is to provide those working in the forest products industry with a basic knowledge of wood properties, processing and production. Participants will gain fundamental knowledge about wood and wood behavior, along with an understanding of how the production of products is influenced by the materials utilized from the forest.

Date: 11-13 May 2015
Location: Starkville, Mississippi
Submit application by: Fees for the course must be paid in full by 4 May 2015.
Organizers: Mississippi State University's Department of Sustainable Bioproducts

Details at: http://www.forestprod.org/course/index.html

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2015-03-05

Postdoc in Insect Chemical Ecology // 1 April 2015

The Pheromone Group, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden, is seeking a candidate with a Ph.D. in a relevant field of biology and be fluent in spoken and written English. He/she should also have a strong background in chemical ecology and/or entomology. Previous experiences from insect behavioural experiments, techniques for odour collection and chemical analysis, and from electrophysiology are merits.

Organization: The Pheromone Group, Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden
Location: The Department of Biology, Lund University, Sweden is located in Lund, Sweden
Submit application by: 1 April 2015

Details at: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/18220/5545/nb-Postdoc_Insect_chemical_ecology_Lund_Univ_doc/

Other information: A one-year postdoctoral fellowship, with the possibility of one year of extension, is available.

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

2015-01-14

2015 FPS Annual Excellence Awards

The Forest Products Society presents four awards at the International Convention each year. These awards highlight student and professional innovation, research, and other significant contributions to the forest products industry and recognize exceptional service to the Society. - See more at: forestprod.org/ic/awards.php

The Forest Products Society presents four awards at the International Convention each year. These awards highlight student and professional innovation, research, and other significant contributions to the forest products industry and recognize exceptional service to the Society. - See more at: forestprod.org/ic/awards.php

The Forest Products Society presents four awards at the International Convention each year. These awards highlight student and professional innovation, research, and other significant contributions to the forest products industry and recognize exceptional service to the Society. Nominations for the 2015 FPS Annual Excellence Awards are now being accepted. The 2015 awards will be presented at the Forest Products Society's 69th International Convention on June 10-12, 2015

Submit application by: 20 March 2015

Details at: http://forestprod.org/ic/awards.php