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IUFRO Announcements

2016-04-28

Gender and Forests. Climate Change, Tenure, Value Chains and Emerging Issues

This enlightening book brings together the work of gender and forestry specialists from various backgrounds and fields of research and action to analyse global gender conditions as related to forests. Using a variety of methods and approaches, they build on a spectrum of theoretical perspectives to bring depth and breadth to the relevant issues and address timely and under-studied themes.

Edited by Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, Marlène Elias
© 2016 – Routledge. 362 pages

Details at: http://bit.ly/1QCFwUw

Other Announcements

General

2016-03-10

Survey: Needs for Training on Forest Genetic Resources

APFORGEN has launched the FGR training needs survey for the Asia-Pacific region, in order to be able to assess demand for training on FGR among different stakeholders.


Forests' role in mitigating climate change, productivity of indigenous timber and non-timber species, and success rates in forest restoration all depend on one thing – the genetic diversity of the tree species. However, genetic considerations are often overlooked in natural resource management and related policies and strategies. Effective management of forest genetic resources (FGR) for socio-economic and environmental benefits requires strengthening human and institutional capacities. A network of forestry organizations in Asia-Pacific countries will establish a Regional Training Centre on Forest Genetic Resources, to strengthen the capacities of forestry practitioners, educators and policy-makers in addressing genetic diversity in their work.

The purpose of this survey is to assess demand for training among different stakeholders and identify priority topics, suitable training approaches and methods for the Regional Training Centre. It would really help if you can respond to this survey. Responding will take approximately 10 mins.

This survey is conducted by the National Forest Genetic Resources Platform of China, the Chinese Academy of Forestry, the Asia Pacific Forest Genetic Resources Programme (APFORGEN), the Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions (APAFRI) and Bioversity International.


Please find the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FGR_training_needs

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

2016-04-18

Assessing Forest Governance: A Practical Guide to Data Collection, Analysis, and Use

Forest governance assessment is an expanding practice. People are using Assessments to watch for developing problems, diagnose needs for reform, Monitor progress of programs, and evaluate impacts. Governments, civil society Organizations, development partners, academics and coalitions of stakeholders Have all performed assessments in recent years. In 2012, an expert meeting at fao headquarters in rome recommended the creation of a guide to good practices in forest governance assessment and data collection. Under the guidance of a diverse committee of experts, fao and profor have overseen the production of this practical manual. This guide presents a step-by-step approach to planning a forest governance Assessment, designing data collection methods and tools, collecting and analyzing data, and making the results available to decision makers and other stakeholders. It also presents five case studies to illustrate how assessments have applied the Steps in practice, and it includes references and links to dozens of sources of further information.

Recommended citation:
Cowling, Phil, Kristin DeValue and Kenneth Rosenbaum, 2014. Assessing forest governance: A Practical Guide to Data Collection, Analysis, and Use. PROFOR and FAO. Washington DC

Details at:  http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/96f705d3-fa27-4fd2-a96a-a4a97494771d/
Download document from: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i3918e.pdf 

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

2016-05-31

IUFRO News Vol. 45, Issue 5, May 2016

In this issue: Reports from a conference on climate change perception and related risks to forests, and from World Wood Day; important announcements, publications and meetings …


The conference "From Perception to Prediction and Action: Managing Risk in Uncertain Times" held in Freiburg, Germany, on 21-23 April 2016 brought together leading scientists from 18 countries to discuss:

  • the risks posed to the forest resource by our changing climate
  • natural disturbances (including insects, pathogens, fire, extreme weather)
  • post-disturbance (natural and anthropogenic) silvics
  • species range and biodiversity (including invasive organisms)
  • how these risks are perceived and predicted in the forest science and management community

Nature and Culture was the theme of the 2016 World Wood Day (WWD) held March 21, 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal, organized by both the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation of Nepal and the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), with the sponsorship of the World Wood Day Foundation. That theme increased awareness of wood as an eco-friendly renewable biomaterial and demonstrated the key role of wood in a sustainable future. IUFRO was represented by Andrew Wong and Howard Rosen from Division 5.

Also see the call for session proposals for IUFRO's 2017 Anniversary Congress and the call for bids for hosting the IUFRO World Congress in 2024, and much more!

 

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Non-IUFRO Publications

2016-06-02

Crítica de la silvicultura. El manejo para la Complejidad

The Critique of Silviculture (Island Press) is now available in Spanish. The book offers an in-depth look at the current state of the field and provides suggestions for its future development. It breaks the mold of disciplinary thinking by directly linking new ideas and findings in ecology and complexity science to the field of silviculture.

"Crítica de la silvicultura. El manejo para la Complejidad"
AUTOR: Klaus J. Puettmann, K. David Coates, Christian Messier,

Editorial: ACCI (Asoc. Cultural y Sientífica Iberoameric.)                
Año Publicación: 2016; Páginas: 294; ISBN 978-84-16549-23-8

Details: http://www.vnetlibrerias.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=207655&tracking=54d93caa4e92c

 

Position Announcements

2016-06-28

Director at the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia // 31 July 2016

CTFC is seeking applicants with a distinguished record of scientific excellence, proven management experience and the innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic organisation. The Director responds to the President of CTFC’s Consortium and to the Consortium itself. CTFC is a dynamic research center, linked to the regional ministry of agriculture but operating as an independent body, and is part of the CERCA network of excellence research institutes from Catalonia. Around 50% of its annual budget is project‐based and as such international activities and research fundraising constitute a significant part of the Director's agenda. The Director will be responsible for providing research & development leadership as well as management & administrative leadership.

Organization: Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (Centre Tecnològic Forestal de Catalunya ‐CTFC)
Location: Solsona, Spain
Submit application by: 31 July 2017

Details: http://www.ctfc.cat/docs/call%20for%20applications%20Director.pdf

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

2016-06-21

Marginal and Peripheral Forests - A key genetic resource for enhancing the resilience of European Forests to global change

The effects of climate change are likely to be stronger and more rapid in marginal and peripheral populations of forest trees than elsewhere. Marginal and peripheral forest populations are at the edges of species ranges where conditions are less suitable for survival. Studying adaptive processes in these populations is crucial and of mutual interest for European and neighbouring countries for understanding the evolution of species, developing gene pool conservation and promoting management strategies and networks to cope with global changes. This meeting caters for parties that are interested in discussing and moving forward the topic of forest genetic resources of marginal tree populations. It aims at discussing strategies to promote and conserve the forest genetic resources provided by marginal and peripheral tree populations in the context of climate change, based on the results of the project COST Action FP1202.

Date: 20 July 2016
Location: Rome, Italy
Organizers: COST Action FP1202 “Strengthening conservation: a key issue for adaptation of marginal/peripheral populations of forest tree to climate change in Europe (MaP-FGR)

Details at: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/25101/5547/nb-cost-fp1202-rome16-announcement_pdf/

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2016-06-29

Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

The UEF-UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements is a high profile two week Course on MEAs, international environmental law-making and diplomacy. It is organised annually in cooperation of the University of Eastern Finland and UNEP, with a changing course venue and theme each year. The aim of the Course is to equip present and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements with the information and experiences of others in the area of international environmental law-making in order to improve the impact and implementation of these key treaties.

Date: 21 November - 1 December 2016  
Location: Joensuu, Finland
Organizers: University of Eastern Finland, United Nations Environment Programme 

Submit application by: 14 August 2016

Details at:
http://www.uef.fi/en/web/unep
http://www.unep.org/training

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2016-06-21

2017 Forests Graduate Student/Post-Doc Travel Awards // 31 October 2016

The open-access journal Forests is pleased to announce the initiation of the annual Forests Awards. Two Travel Awards for postdocs or PhD students consisting of CHF 800 / USD 850 / EUR 700 each will be awarded to attend forestry related conferences.

Organizers: Open-access journal Forests
Submit application by: 31 October 2016

Details at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/awards.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

2014-09-04

The Blue Planet Prize

In 1992, the year of the Earth Summit, the Asahi Glass Foundation established the Blue Planet Prize, an award presented to individuals or organizations worldwide in recognition of outstanding achievements in scientific research and its application that have helped provide solutions to global environmental problems. The Prize is offered in the hopes of encouraging efforts to bring about the healing of the Earth's fragile environment. About the PrizeCurrent Year Winners