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IUFRO Announcements

2014-11-03

New Directory on Urban Forestry Experts

IUFRO Research Group 6.07.00 - Urban Forestry Section has developed an online directory to facilitate research collaboration and information dissemination among its members across the globe. Membership in this directory is free and to join, please visit http://www.itreetools.org/iufro/ for further instructions.

Other Announcements

General

2014-10-21

FOREST EUROPE - Show Off Your Forest

FOREST EUROPE is pleased to invite you to the second edition of the Show Off Your Forest Photography Contest. The protective role of forests, and how, in turn, we can protect them, is the central theme of this contest. Photos may be taken either with mobile or tablet devices or with digital cameras. They can be submitted up to the deadline of 8 February 2015. Find detailed information about the contest at: http://www.showoffyourforest.com 

UNECE

2014-08-20

72nd Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI)

At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation and with the support of the Russian Federal Forest Agency and the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan will host the 72nd Session from 18 to 21 November 2014.

The meeting will focus on the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. It will showcase how actors within and outside the forest sector can work together to make the best contribution to the emerging Green Economy. Their input are diverse: from improving forest-based technologies to develop innovative wood and non-wood forest products; from making forest work safer, to valuating and setting up payments for the multiple services that forests offers to the society in the UNECE region. Delegates to the Committee session will discuss forest resources assessment and reporting issues, as well as the role of forests in the post-2015 development agenda. They will also provide guidance to the secretariat on how to implement the UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work for the COFFI and the FAO European Forestry Commission adopted at their joint session "Metsä2013" in December 2013. 

For more information about the programme, please follow this link: http://www.unece.org/forests/kazan2014.html. Contact: Paola Deda: paola.deda(at)unece.org

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

2014-11-20

Towards Food Security and Improved Nutrition: Increasing the Contribution of Forests and Trees

A Policy Brief on the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, May 2013.

In May 2013, FAO, in partnership with Bioversity International, the Center for International Forestry Research, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the World Bank, hosted the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. This meeting, the first of its kind, was attended by more than 400 participants, comprising experts from governments, civil-society organizations, indigenous and other local communities, donors and international organizations from more than 100 countries. This policy brief has been produced on the basis of the sharing of information and knowledge that took place during the conference, and of the summary produced at its conclusion.

Download PDF: http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i2969e/i2969e.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

2014-11-12

Scientific Summary 126 in IUFRO News Vol. 43, Double Issue 10&11, mid-November 2014

"In the bog" conference addressed key paradigms in peatland research from restoration for landscape and ecosystem functions to the generally neglected histories and heritage in the bogs.

The conference entitled 'In the Bog – the Ecology, Landscape, Archaeology and Heritage of Peatlands', took place on September 3-5 in Sheffield, UK. It was co-sponsored by IUFRO Working Party 9.03.01 Social and Economic History and brought together speakers and poster presentations from a range of disciplines, backgrounds and countries to examine the fascinating ecologies, heritage, histories and functions of peat bogs across the world.

The fragile nature of peatland ecosystems across the world was highlighted continually. Cross-disciplinary studies and research are key to furthering the understanding of these systems and bringing them to the notice of the general public as well as academics and practitioners.

 

Download the full Scientific Summary:

In the Bog – the Ecology, Landscape, Archaeology and Heritage of Peatlands

By Ian Rotherham, Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 9.03.01 Social and Economic History
http://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90300/90301/
Meeting website: http://www.ukeconet.org

Non-IUFRO Publications

2014-11-20

Towards Food Security and Improved Nutrition: Increasing the Contribution of Forests and Trees

A Policy Brief on the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, May 2013.

In May 2013, FAO, in partnership with Bioversity International, the Center for International Forestry Research, the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the World Bank, hosted the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. This meeting, the first of its kind, was attended by more than 400 participants, comprising experts from governments, civil-society organizations, indigenous and other local communities, donors and international organizations from more than 100 countries. This policy brief has been produced on the basis of the sharing of information and knowledge that took place during the conference, and of the summary produced at its conclusion.

Download PDF: http://www.fao.org/docrep/018/i2969e/i2969e.pdf

Position Announcements

2014-11-20

1-2 Ph.D. & M.S. Positions in Landscape Ecology // 1 December 2014

The laboratory of Nancy E. McIntyre, Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University, is seeking 1-2 graduate students who are interested in landscape ecology pertaining to potential climate and land-use change impacts on odonates (dragonflies and damselflies). Preference will be given to students with previous experience in GIS or remote sensing, and to Ph.D. students who already have a Master's degree. Submit application by: 1 December 2014.

Organization: Department of Biological Sciences, Texas Tech University
Location: Lubbock, TX, USA    
Submit application by: 1 December 2014

Details at: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/17219/5545/nb-tex-tech-uni-landscape-ecology_doc/

IUFRO Meetings

2014-10-20

IUFRO All-Division 5 Conference

Date: 2017
Organizers: IUFRO Division 5 - Forest Products
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Other Meetings/Events

2014-11-19

8th ANZIF Conference: Beyond Tenure - Managing Forests Across the Landscape

Date: 13-15 April 2015
Organizers: The Institute of Foresters of Australia, in association with the New Zealand Institute of Forestry
Location: Creswick, Victoria, Australia

Details at: http://www.forestryconference.org.au/ 

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2014-11-13

Webinar: What are landscape approaches?

This webinar will look critically at the different perceptions/interpretations of landscapes and how these are linked to multiple land uses, multiple stakeholders, multi-stakeholder decision-making, and governance. It will be held as part the "Landscape Functions and People: Landscape Leadership, Conflicts and Collaboration" course being run by Wageningen University Center for Development Innovation and RECOFTC in Bangkok.

 

Date: 09:00 Bangkok time on Wed November 26 (21:00 Peru on Tue Nov 25)
Location: Internet
Register by: not indicated
Organizers: Wageningen University Center for Development Innovation and RECOFTC

Details at: http://app.webinarsonair.com/register/?uuid=7774ec45f40d4db0a201324f93268d79

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2014-09-04

International Climate Protection Fellowships

For young climate experts from developing countries interested in conducting a project in Germany and developing long-term collaborations. The fellowship allows future leaders to spend a year in Germany working on a research-based project of their own choice in the field of climate protection. Fellows are free to choose their own collaborative partners. Submit an application if you come from a non-European transition or developing country and are involved with issues relating to the scientific, engineering, legal, economic or social aspects of climate change.
During a three-week introductory phase, you will have the opportunity to make contact with other climate protection fellows and visit companies, research institutions and cultural events in Germany. An intensive German-language course is recommended before you begin the fellowship. A continuing education event lasting several days in the course of the fellowship will enable you to acquire not only practical knowledge of climate protection but also expertise in management. Subject to final agreement to provide funding, 20 fellowships can be granted. Deadline for application: 15 March 2015. Details at http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/icf.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

2014-10-22

Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award

The Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award is a partnership initiative between ICF, the Canadian Insittute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) and the Duchy of Cornwall, which offers selected UK students the opportunity to take part in a work placement exchange with Canada. Endorsed by HRH the Prince of Wales, the Forest Leadership Award will recognise outstanding students in the UK and Canada, and encourage their personal and professional development through employment experiences. It aims to identify and nurture future forestry leaders and provides them with the necessary technical and financial resources to ensure the success of their international work placement. Participants will gain the broadest possible range of interdisciplinary forestry experience in policy, planning, and practice.

Deadline for application: 30 November 2014

Details at: http://www.charteredforesters.org/education-careers-and-cpd/forest-leadership-award/