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IUFRO Announcements

2016-04-12

IUFRO-Japan News No. 117

In IUFRO-Japan News No. 117, Alexander Buck, the Executive Director of IUFRO, introduces "IUFRO at the Science/Policy Interface". For some additional information on this article, the IUFRO-Japan secretary presents background information entitled "IUFRO and International Partnerships". It also lists two IUFRO conferences where IUFRO-Japan members were involved. Furthermore, the list of IUFRO events is presented. And finally, Alexander Buck presents a welcome message to IUFRO-Japan members for the 125th IUFRO Anniversary Congress.

The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee (http://www.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/labs/iufroj/index_Eng.htm) is an organization established in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research, which cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.

Download PDF from: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/23906/5542/iufro-japan-news-117_pdf/

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

2016-07-25

FAO: Forestry for a low-carbon future: Integrating forests and wood products in climate change strategies

Following the introduction, Chapter 2 provides an overview of mitigation in the forest sector, addressing the handling of forests under UNFCCC. Chapters 3 to 5 focus on forest-based mitigation options – afforestation, reforestation, REDD+ and forest management – and Chapters 6 and 7 focus on wood-product based options – wood energy and green building and furnishing. The publication describes these activities in the context of UNFCCC rules, assessing their mitigation potential and economic attractiveness as well as opportunities and challenges for implementation. Chapter 8 discusses the different considerations involved in choosing the right mix of options as well as some of the instruments and means for implementation. Chapter 8 also highlights the co-benefits generated by forest-based mitigation and emphasizes that economic assessment of mitigation options needs to take these benefits into account. The concluding chapter assesses national commitments under UNFCCC involving forest mitigation and summarizes the challenges and opportunities.

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

2016-08-02

IUFRO News Vol. 45, Issue 7, early August 2016

This issue has a focus on the challenges of reforestation and forest landscape restoration, and on strengthening collaboration in the field of criteria and indicators for SFM.


The Second International Conference on Reforestation Challenges on 27-29 June 2016 in Cracow, Poland, was an opportunity for scientists to gather and present results and relate experiences from research areas relevant to reforestation. A total of 149 participants from Poland, Turkey, Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Serbia, USA, and Spain attended the meeting, which was co-sponsored by IUFRO Research Group 3.02.00 - Stand establishment and treatment.

More than one third of the members of IUFRO Working Party 9.01.05 – Research and development of indicators for sustainable forest management participated in an international expert workshop on Criteria and Indicators that took place on 1-3 May 2016 in Ottawa, Canada. C&I experts from all continents representing regional C&I processes, national and international bodies and organizations as well as national government agencies met to strengthen collaboration on important C&I issues.

Given the great current political momentum and commitment towards forest landscape restoration (FLR) by global and national policy makers and the need to discuss and further develop approaches and mechanisms of FLR implementation on the ground, IUFRO organized an international knowledge-sharing workshop on "Forest Landscape Restoration and Global Change: From Policy to Practice" held back to back with the High-level Bonn Challenge Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on 26-27 July 2016.

 

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Non-IUFRO Publications

2016-08-04

The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise

In The Irresponsible Pursuit of Paradise, Dr. Jim L. Bowyer clearly documents an ethically bankrupt position that underlies much of our environmental policy. High consumption in wealthy countries usually goes hand-in-hand with resistance to domestic raw materials extraction and half-hearted interest in recycling. Because of this, the world’s wealthiest countries increasingly rely on imported raw materials from poorer nations to fuel consumption. This, in turn, allows citizens of wealthy countries to smugly enjoy high levels of consumption with minimal exposure to the environmental impacts of that consumption. Bowyer concludes, "Contrary to common practice today, high consuming nations need to be asking, 'Why not in my back yard?' "

Position Announcements

2016-08-04

Cluster Hire in Geospatial Analytics of Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University seeks four outstanding faculty at any rank to form a new interdisciplinary faculty cluster on “Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security”. Understanding the dynamics of and managing emerging plant diseases requires a collaborative approach with expertise in epidemiology, population biology, microbial evolution, geospatial modeling and bioinformatics. The new cluster faculty will develop basic knowledge in these areas and work collaboratively with several existing clusters to advance NC State University as a leader in addressing the challenges of emerging plant diseases and global food security.

Organization: The Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program, NC State University
Submit application by: A comprehensive review of applications is underway and will continue until the positions are filled.

Details:  https://globalfoodsecurity.ncsu.edu/sample-page/

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

2016-07-12

"Bioeconomy and ecosystem services – synergy or conflict? - Horizontal and vertical policy analysis, modelling and orchestration in practice"

Final Conference of COST Action FP1207 - Orchestrating forest-related policy analysis in Europe (ORCHESTRA). ORCHESTRA aims at supporting the coherence of forest-related policy targets and efficiency of policy measures. COST has facilitated multinational, transdisciplinary collaboration between sociologists, policy scientists, economists and modellers as well as active interaction with various stakeholders. The new knowledge can be used by European policy and decision makers to adjust forest-related policies and their implementation to the requirements of multilevel and multi-stakeholder governance. The final conference will focus on the interface between bioeconomy and ecosystem services.

Date: 5-6 September 2016
Location: Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Organizers: COST Action FP2107 - ORCHESTRA

Details at: http://www.uclouvain.be/orchestra.html

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University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2016-06-28

Course: Governance of landscapes, forests and people

Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Site-based or community level approaches can no longer cope with these issues which exceed the local sphere of influence. Although landscapes are usually considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options, they are rarely recognised as units of political- administrative decision making, hence do not have any formal place in decentralised structures of states. At the same time, governance is no longer monopolised by governments, but has increasingly become a shared responsibility of civil society groups and private sector actors. Many of these actors are experimenting with their newly assigned roles as co-developers and implementers of landscape governance. This course challenges forest and nature management professionals to adopt an integrative perspective, to look beyond the forest, and build bridges between the public and the private sector. In this course we focus on the development of institutional development at landscape level including multistakeholder platforms and networks, and financial support mechanisms to guide landscape dynamics on the ground.

Date: 3-14 April 2017  
Location: Bogor, Indonesia
Organizers: Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation 

Submit application by: 20 February 2017

Details at:  http://bit.ly/1X838Il

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