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2017-01-18

IUFRO-Japan News No. 119

This issue of IUFRO-Japan News will give you an overview of the latest major events held by IUFRO: the IUFRO Asia-Oceania Regional Congress, the IUFRO Division 3 Doctoral Student Conference, Abies 2016 and others. It highlights the launch of the latest GFEP Global Rapid Response Report on "Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade - Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses" at CBD COP13 in Cancún, Mexico. At the same conference, IUFRO-SPDC was involved in the Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Day at CBD COP13 and organized a session there. IUFRO Executive Director Alexander Buck explains in an article how the implementation of the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets is to be advanced.

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

2017-04-04

IUFRO Spotlight #45 - If you're 'remotely' interested in monitoring biodiversity…

Publication of a new sourcebook in response to the need for better information on how remote sensing data can support biodiversity monitoring in tropical forests.


More than 70 authors, several of them from the IUFRO community, contributed to this sourcebook that is targeted at project managers, academic institutions, NGOs, students and researchers, among others, with a background in remote sensing.

The emphasis is on tropical forests where deforestation remains high, largely because of dependence on land-based economic activities such as palm oil production or small scale slash and burn farming and also from continuing pressure from industrial crops.

This publication aims to allow forest managers and other interested stakeholders to find information on how remote sensing techniques can support the development of relevant essential biodiversity variables (EBVs) for tropical forest management. 

The publication – A Sourcebook of Methods and Procedures for Monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables in Tropical Forests with Remote Sensing – is available at no cost at the websites of: 
GOFC-GOLD Land Cover (http://www.gofcgold.wur.nl/sites/gofcgold-geobon_biodiversitysourcebook.php) and
GEO BON (http://geobon.org/


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Non-IUFRO Publications

2017-02-22

PDFs for free download!

The PDFs of two publications are currently available for free download: Microscopic Preparation Techniques for Plant Stem Analysis (Gärtner, Schweingruber; 2013) and Stem Anatomical Features of Dicotyledones (Crivellaro, Schweingruber; 2015). Both books can also be ordered as hard copies.

Position Announcements

2017-04-20

Assistant Professor of Forest Resources Management // open until filled

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in forest resources management. The position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level, commensurate with experience, on a 36-week academic year appointment, with 75% Extension and 25% research responsibilities. We are seeking an outstanding candidate with one or more degrees in forest resources management or a related field with a demonstrated interest in working with private forest landowners. Demonstration of research expertise is required in areas such as interaction of human communities and natural resources, and private forest land issues including landowner education, legacy planning, stewardship, wildlife habitat management, forest economics, and forest policy.

Organization: College of Agricultural Sciences, Ecosystem Science and Management, Pennsylvania State University     
Duty station: University Park, PA, USA 
Submit application by: open until filled

Details: https://psu.jobs/job/70529            

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

2017-03-27

Ecology and Management of Alien Plant Invasions - Syntheses, challenges and new opportunities

EMAPI Conferences are held in alternate years at selected venues around the world. They are unique meetings where it is possible to present state of the art alien plant research. The aim of the EMAPI of 2017 is to promote the opportunity of sharing findings and experiences, and presenting syntheses of state-of-the-art knowledge on alien plant invasions in order to face the many challenges of this thematic and create new opportunities to address it. Scientists, managers and policy makers from around the world will interact and explore ways to face global and regional challenges presented by alien plant invasions, for the benefit of the present and future generations.

Date: 4-8 September 2017
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Details at: http://www.emapi2017.org/   

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2017-04-06

Elective Track "International Forestry" Within the M.Sc. Program "Forest Science"

Within the M.Sc. Program “Forest Science”, the University of Freiburg offers the elective track "International Forestry" which focuses on the international dimensions of forestry and offers competencies for graduates aiming to work in a range of fields to tackle the complex issues associated with the sustainable management of forests and natural resources. It: - provides students with a background in global processes, developments and policies that are relevant to forestry; - delivers an understanding of major forest ecosystems, forest management systems and paradigms of international importance; and - offers key competencies for the analysis and management of forestry systems. Spread over two semesters, this elective track comprises the six 3-week block modules.

Date: 16 October 2017 - 27 July 2018
Location: Freiburg, Germany
Organizer(s): Chair of Silviculture, Prof Dr. Juergen Bauhus and others
Organization: Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources of the University of Freiburg

Submit registration by: 15 May 2017

Details at: http://www.msc-forst.uni-freiburg.de/en/general-information/elective-tracks/international-forestry?set_language=en     

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2017-04-06

Tropical Forestry (International Commonwealth Scholarship) MSc by Distance Learning // 12 May 2017

Bangor University is delighted to announce that up to 10 scholarships from the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission are available for study on MSc Tropical Forestry (distance Learning) for September 2017 entry. The scholarship also includes a generous travel bursary to enable scholars to attend an international summer school in July/August 2019 as well as a small study grant to assist scholars with distance learning study costs. Applicants from the following developing commonwealth countries are eligible for the scholarship: Bangladesh, Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Organization: Bangor University
Submit application by: 12 May 2017, 23:59 BST

Details at: https://www.bangor.ac.uk/senrgy/postgraduate-courses/tropical-forestry-msc-international-commonwealth-scholarship-distance-learning      

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/