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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

2017-01-16

Expressions of Interest invited by Government of Guyana // 20 January 2017

The Government of Guyana is inviting Expressions of Interest for two State Forest Exploratory Permits for Northwest Guyana. The award of an SFEP is for a maximum period of three (3) years; the awardee has to conduct forest inventories, prepare/submit a business plan, and an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) within this three (3) year period. After that, the SFEP can be converted into a State Forest Authorization-Timber Sales Agreement (SFA-TSA) which allows for full harvesting rights in accordance with the legislation and sustainable forest management guidelines.

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

2016-12-19

IUFRO Spotlight #43: Helping forests and people adapt to changing times and climes

If forests are to survive and prosper in the face of changing and challenging climatic and societal conditions, more information is needed on the biophysical adaptive capacities of trees and forests.


The IUFRO Task Force on Forest Adaptation and Restoration under Global Change aims to compile and improve globally available scientific and technical knowledge and experiences on how to achieve optimal adaptation of forests and forest landscapes in the face of global change. It will achieve this by identifying knowledge gaps, comparing existing activities and techniques and elaborating best practice approaches.

Despite all the alarming signals for the forests, the adaptation challenges may also be seen as opportunities. Proper management and expansion of the world's forests is perhaps the most powerful tool to mitigate climate change.

Visit the Task Force website: http://www.iufro.org/science/task-forces/forest-adaptation-restoration/


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Non-IUFRO Publications

2017-01-17

Journal of Zhejiang A & F University

Journal of Zhejiang A & F University (since 2011, formerly Journal of Zhejiang Forestry College started in 1984), bimonthly, ISSN 2095-0756, CODEN ZNDXBB, is administrated by Department of Education of Zhejiang Province and sponsored by Zhejiang A & F University. Its aim and scope is to report research results, this journal publishes research articles, short communications, discussions, reviews in forestry, non-timber forest products, horticulture, landscape architecture, wood processing, forest protection, forest economics, genetic breeding, forest fauna, soil and water conservation and related fields. Readership includes research workers, university and college teachers and students, and technical workers in the above mentioned fields. The journal has been indexed in Chinese Scientific and Technical Papers and Citations Database, Chinese Science Citation Database, CNKI China Academic Journal (Provided by China National Knowledge Infrastructure), WanFang Data(China), Abstracts Journal, VINITI(Russia), Chemical Abstracts(SciFinder Scholar, U.S.A.), Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience Abstracts(U.K.), Global Health(U.K.), Cambridge Scientific Abstracts(U.S.A.), Index of Copurnicus(Poland), Japan Science and Technology Agency, Zoological Record(U.K.).

Website: http://zlxb.zafu.edu.cn  

6 issues one year

Editor in chief: ZHOU Guo-mo
Corresponding editor: ZHANG Xiao-guang
E-mail: zlxb(at)zafu.edu.cn, URL: http://zlxb.zafu.edu.cn

Position Announcements

2017-01-18

Assistant Professor, Forest Modeling and Analytics // 31 January 2017

The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC) at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track research and teaching position in Forest Modeling and Analytics with an emphasis on both managed and unmanaged forest ecosystems. This position will focus on the integration of cutting-edge quantitative and computational tools into basic and applied forest science from local to regional scales.

Organization: Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC), Virginia Tech    
Location: Blacksburg, VA, USA
Submit application by: not indicated
Review Begin Date: 31 January 2017

Details: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/72311    

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

2017-01-18

International Symposium on New Horizons in Forestry

Natural resources such as forest ecosystems offer many functions. Apart from the production of wood and non-wood products, forest ecosystem function is significant in regards to; climate regulation and carbon sequestration; biodiversity, water and soil conservation; rural development; urban life support; community health and the protection of cultural values; etc. The symposium aims to provide a platform for the exchange of interdisciplinary scientific information, as well as offering an open forum for the discussion on the issues related to forestry, in light of new developments. The symposium will have a global focus with the intent of identifying new avenues of research. Leading to an advancement in research technologies for the benefit of forests, forestry and forest product industry.

Date: 18-20 October 2017
Location: Isparta, Turkey
Organizers: Faculty of Forestry, Suleyman Demirel University

Details at: http://www.isfor2017.org/index.php     

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2017-01-18

Summer school 'land-system science for analysing dynamic landscapes: data, tools and models'

The summer school addresses PhD students and Postdocs from natural and social sciences who want to become familiar with data, methods and tools from land use research. Students from universities all over the world are encouraged to apply. Students will develop an integrated view on land-use change and landscape assessment. They will learn to use/apply state-of-the-art data, tools and models for spatial analyses and efficiently translate your scientific findings to practitioners working in the field of land-use and landscape management.

Date: 27 August - 1 September 2017  
Location: Filzbach, Switzerland
Organizers: Landscape Reserch Center of the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, the Center of Development and Environment CDE of the University of Berne, and the Global Land Project GLP 

Submit application by: 1 May 2017

Details at: http://www.wsl.ch/summerschool2017           

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2017-01-16

Coppice-related research grants (STSMs) - Final Call

It is now the last chance to apply for "Short Term Scientific Missions" (STSMs) in COST Action FP1301 EuroCoppice. STSMs are grants that finance research proposals for a short-term research projects (1 week to several months) at an institution in another country. The topic must be related to coppice and in line with Action objectives; the STSM must be carried out by 30 April 2017. The pre-application deadline for documents to be sent to the STSM Coordinator is 8 February 2017.

Organization: COST Action FP1301 EuroCoppice, coordinated by University of Freiburg, Germany 
Location: Many possibilities; 35 countries involved in the Action 
Submit application by: 8 February 2017
Date to finish the STSMs: 30 April 2017

Details at: http://www.eurocoppice.uni-freiburg.de/stsms    

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

2017-01-18

FPS Annual Excellence Awards

There are four awards: - Fred W. Gottschalk Memorial Award, Wood Engineering Achievement Award: Young Engineer, - Wood Award, - L. J. Markwardt Award, each recognizing different aspects of wood engineering and wood products.

Submit application by: 1 February 2017
Details: http://www.forestprod.org/IC/awards.php