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IUFRO Announcements

2015-07-29

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

2015-06-15

Africa Science Leadership Program

The Africa Science Leadership Program (ASLP) is a new initiative of the University of Pretoria and the Global Young Academy, with the support of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

It aims to grow mid-career African academics in the areas of thought leadership, team management and research development, with the intention of enabling them to contribute to the development of a new paradigm for science in African, focused on its contribution to solving the complex issues facing both Africa and the global community.

The leadership program aims to:

  • Identify early- to mid-career academics who have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in developing key leadership skills
  • Support them to apply the acquired skills to projects that are relevant to the academic development on the continent and its impact on society
  • Create a network of academic leaders on the continent, spanning not only across countries, but also across disciplinary boundaries
  • Advance a curriculum for academic leadership development which can be utilised in other institutions in Africa and beyond.

Details at: http://www.up.ac.za/centre-for-the-advancement-of-scholarship/article/2033587/africa-science-leadership-program/
Second call for applications: September 2015

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

2014-11-04

Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

New publication by FAO. Download from: http://bit.ly/1hcLTCy

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

2015-07-20

Scientific Summary 131 in IUFRO News Vol. 44, Issue 7, July 2015

A workshop related to COST Action FP1206 (EuMIXFOR) heldin Arezzo, Italy, gave insight into the practice and potential of the silviculture of mixed species forests.


Silviculture of Mixed Forests in Europe

This workshop was carried out in the framework of the activities of the EuMIXFOR Cost Action. It gave participants direct insight into and experience of the practice and potential of the silviculture of mixed species forests. Particular, though not exclusive emphasis was placed on Europe, evaluating the ecosystem services and the forest functions, from boreal Canadian forests to Mediterranean coppice stands, and from natural forests to plantations.

Presentations addressed the multifaceted perspectives of the functions and silviculture of mixed forests. The emergence of environmental and ecological values of mixed stands was highlighted, interactions among species were evaluated and, the management challenges were underlined.

A special EuMIXFOR issue collecting the manuscripts of oral and poster presentations will be published after a peer-review process by the international open-access journal ANNALS OF SILVICULTURAL RESEARCH.


Download the full Scientific Summary:

Silviculture of Mixed Forests in Europe

Report from a workshop related to COST Action FP1206, European mixed forests - Integrating Scientific Knowledge in Sustainable Forest Management (EuMIXFOR), held in Arezzo, Italy, on 28-29 May 2015http://www.selvicoltura.eu/index.php?L=E&ID=20766&CERCA=workshop#20766
http://www.selvicoltura.eu/index.php?L=E&ID=20766&CERCA=workshop#20766

Non-IUFRO Publications

2015-05-04

CPF: Promoting sustainable forest management

An innovative interagency partnership on forests, comprising 14 international organizations, institutions and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests.

By bringing together entities within and outside the UN system - one of them IUFRO - whose shared objective is to promote sustainable forest management, CPF has produced widely recognized results and enhanced the work of its members in areas such as forest finance, sustainable forest management, reporting, scientific analysis, representation at global events and forest communication. It has proved to be a highly effective platform for launching coordinated action on forests at the global level.

IUFRO joined the CPF in 2003.

Download PDF: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4600e.pdf  
About CPF: http://www.cpfweb.org/73947/en/

Position Announcements

2015-07-29

Lecturer in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry // 31 August 2015

The Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks applications for a full-time (9-month academic-year) non-tenure-track appointment as Lecturer in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry. The position will emphasize undergraduate teaching, utilizing active learning strategies. Candidates should care deeply about undergraduate education in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, and be a teacher, mentor, and scientist whose interests are broad and support the pedagogy that allows students to gain the ability to analyze and solve problems.

Organization: Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Location: Amherst, MA, USA
Submit application by: Review of applications will begin August 31, 2015.  The position will remain open until filled. 

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

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

2015-07-23

IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 - Planet at the Crossroads

Held once every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global challenges. The Congress aims to improve how we manage our natural environment for human, social and economic development, but this cannot be achieved by conservationists alone. The IUCN Congress is the place to put aside differences and work together to create good environmental governance, engaging all parts of society to share both the responsibilities and the benefits of conservation.

Date: 1-10 September 2016
Location: Hawai'i, USA
Organizers: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Details at: http://iucnworldconservationcongress.org/
Call for Contributions to the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016: http://iucnworldconservationcongress.org/news/20150609/call-contributions-iucn-world-conservation-congress-2016-now-open

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2015-07-15

XXVII Curso Intensivo Internacional: Manejo Diversificado de Bosques Naturales Tropicales / El Manejo ante los Desafíos del Cambio Climático

Objectivos del curso: - ampliar los conocimientos sobre el manejo sostenible de bosques naturales tropicales, abarcando la diversidad de bienes y servicios que estos proveen; - conocer y compartir experiencias sobre los conceptos ecológicos, sociales y económicos que influyen par la toma de decisiones para el manejo sostenible de los bosques naturales ante los desafíos del cambio climático.

Date: 5-30 October 2015
Venue: CATIE, Sede Central Turrialba, Costa Rica
Register by: 13 September 2015
Organizer(s): CATIE

Further details: http://www.catie.ac.cr/attachments/article/707/bosques-2015.pdf

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2015-02-26

WFI International Fellowship Program

The award-winning WFI Fellowship program brings professionals in natural resources to conduct a practical research project at the World Forestry Center.  In addition to projects, Fellows participate in weekly field trips, interviews and site visits to Northwest forestry organizations, research labs, universities, public and private timberlands, trade associations, mills, and corporations.  The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable forestry from the Pacific Northwest forestry sector, and to work with colleagues from around the world.  Fellowships are open to any country, including U.S. citizens. The Fellowship program offers partial scholarships through the Harry A. Merlo Foundation, but all applicants must be able to cover at least 50% of the program fee. Over 100 Fellows from 30 countries have participated to date.  The term is 6 to 12 months, applications are accepted year-round.  For more information and how to apply, please visit:  http://wfi.worldforestry.org/index/international-fellowship.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