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IUFRO Announcements

2015-03-26

IUFRO Spotlight #29 – Supersites for Superior Forest Science

How can we best understand the complex linkages between air pollution and climate change? How can we best understand how forests affect – and are affected by – climate?


And how can we best learn how to mitigate the related hazards and capitalize on the related opportunities?

To learn more about what these Supersites are and how they function, check out the paper posted at:
http://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70100/70102/publications/ 

There you will also find a link to the related publication: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Global Challenges, a cooperative publication of IUFRO Research Group 7.01.00 and the EU-funded COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action FP0903 MAFor (Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment), suggests a network of Supersites to achieve those aims.

And, read our latest Spotlight entitled "Supersites for Superior Forest Science" at: http://www.iufro.org/media/iufro-spotlights/.

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

2015-03-26

IUFRO Spotlight #29 – Supersites for Superior Forest Science

How can we best understand the complex linkages between air pollution and climate change? How can we best understand how forests affect – and are affected by – climate?


And how can we best learn how to mitigate the related hazards and capitalize on the related opportunities?

To learn more about what these Supersites are and how they function, check out the paper posted at:
http://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70100/70102/publications/ 

There you will also find a link to the related publication: Climate Change, Air Pollution and Global Challenges, a cooperative publication of IUFRO Research Group 7.01.00 and the EU-funded COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Action FP0903 MAFor (Climate Change and Forest Mitigation and Adaptation in a Polluted Environment), suggests a network of Supersites to achieve those aims.

And, read our latest Spotlight entitled "Supersites for Superior Forest Science" at: http://www.iufro.org/media/iufro-spotlights/.

Non-IUFRO Publications

2015-04-09

Open-access Journal "Forest Ecosystems"

In the first year after its launch, the journal has published 29 manuscripts.

Forest Ecosystems is an international Open Access journal publishing scientific communications from any discipline that can provide interesting contributions about the structure and dynamics of "natural" and "domesticated" forest ecosystems, and their services to people. It welcomes innovative science as well as application oriented work that will enhance understanding of woody plant communities. Very specific studies are welcome if they are part of a thematic series that provides some holistic perspective that is of general interest.

Klaus von Gadow, one of the Editors-in-Chief and also former IUFRO Board member, says that publication of papers will be free of charge until the end of next year.

Details at: http://www.springer.com/life+sciences/ecology/journal/40663

Position Announcements

2015-04-09

Research Support Specialist in Forest Entomology // open until filled/15 April 2015

The Forest Entomology lab at SUNY-ESF (www.esf.edu) is seeking to fill a full-time appointment for a forest entomologist to supervise and implement an evaluation of the phenology of emerald ash borer and its parasitoids. Proficiency in field work, tree-felling, sampling and evaluation of within-tree insect population densities and parasitism, as well demonstrated abilities to work with a variety of landowners and local, regional and state agencies are essential. Ideal candidates will be organized, communicate well, able to coordinate and troubleshoot a large fieldwork component, but also a variety of lab components as well.

Organization: Forest Entomology lab, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York (SUNY-ESF)
Location: Syracuse, NY, USA
Submit application by: open until filled, candidates should submit their application by April 15, 2015 to assure optimal consideration.

Details at: https://esf.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=57969 

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

2015-03-19

6th International Wildland Fire Conference

The International Wildland Fire Conference provides an arena for all stakeholders to share knowledge and experience of fire management methodology pertaining to conservation and sustainable use of natural resources through plenary meeting, theme session, and regional meetings. Firefighting demonstration and exhibition which shows various products and technology are also held during along with the Conference.

Date: 12-16 October 2015
Location: PyeongChang, Korea
Organizers: Korea Forest Service, together with Korea Forest Research Institute

Details at: http://en.wildfire2015.kr/

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2015-04-09

Summerschool "Governing landscape restoration"

For practitioners, business leaders, researchers and PhD fellows we are organising a special Summerschool on "Governing landscape restoration: governance, restoration, privatisation". Anchor teachers of this Summer school are: Prof. dr. Arun Agrawal from the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan; Prof. dr. Pedro Brancalion of the University of Sao Paulo, and Prof. dr. Manuel Guariguata from CIFOR. Interactive lectures, discussions, group work, and a multidisciplinary business panel will challenge you to reflect on landscapes, restoration, and the challenges of public-private governance.

Date: 14-19 June 2015
Location: Wageningen, Netherlands
Register by: not indicated
Organizers: Wageningen School of Social Sciences (WASS), Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation, Forest and Nature Conservation Policy

Details at: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Chair-groups/Environmental-Sciences/Forest-and-Nature-Conservation-Policy-Group/Show/Governing-Landscape-Restoration.htm

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2015-03-24

SAF 2015 Gregory Award // non-US/non-Canadian nationals only // 1 May 2015

The Gregory Award provides economic assistance to outstanding students and young professionals from outside of the US and Canada to attend the SAF annual convention to foster meaningful engagement with foresters on this continent. 

Submit application by: 1 May 2015 (extended from 1 April 2015)

Details at: http://www.xcdsystem.com/saf/site14/scholarships

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

2015-04-16

Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015

The CPF launched the first Wangari Maathai Award in 2012 to honour and commemorate the impact of this extraordinary woman who championed forest issues around the world. In 2015, the CPF will award another individual for their outstanding achievements for forests. The awardee will receive a cash prize of USD20,000 along with international recognition of their outstanding contributions to preserve, restore and sustainably manage forests and to raise awareness of the key role forests play in supporting local communities, rural livelihoods, women and the environment.

Submit application by: Friday, 29 May 2015

Details at: http://www.cpfweb.org/77034/en/