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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

2016-04-28

IUFRO News Vol. 45, Issue 4, April 2016

The focus of this issue is on forest genetics for productivity, and on forest landscape restoration and land degradation neutrality in Asia. Also learn about recent publications and upcoming IUFRO meetings!


An international conference entitled “Forest Genetics for Productivity – the Next Generation” was held in Rotorua, New Zealand from 14-18 March 2016. This meeting covered a range of topics relevant to modern tree breeding: from practical requirements for breeding trees to quantitative and molecular genetics and the importance of phenotyping.

A session on “Forest Landscape Restoration and Land Degradation Neutrality in Asia” was held in the course of the Asia Pacific Forestry Week in the Philippines in February. Participants shared information on the achievements and challenges of the forest and landscape restoration approach in Central Asia, Northeast Asia (Mongolia and DPR of Korea) and Southeast Asia (Myanmar and Vietnam).

This issue also includes an obituary for Dr Robert E Buckman (1927-2016), former IUFRO President (1986-1990) and Honorary Member of IUFRO.


To read the full text please choose among the PDF and Word options:

Non-IUFRO Publications

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 

Position Announcements

2016-04-12

PhD opportunity: The role of bark beetles in the dispersal of tree-pathogenic fungi

Bark beetles (Scolytinae) form associations with pathogenic fungi that are poorly understood, but are of great concern to forest health. This project aims to clarify the role of wood-boring beetles in the dispersal of tree-pathogenic fungi in the UK. High-throughput sequencing of entire fungal communities can be performed directly on the DNA extracted from individual beetles, which gives unprecedented resolution of fungal species diversity and association with particular beetle species, host trees, climatic conditions or biogeography. Beetles are easily caught in traps and can be used as sentinels for detection of pathogens. This is an exciting opportunity to work at the interface of ecology, taxonomy and genomics. This full-time studentship is funded by the John Spedan Lewis Foundation. The student will be supervised by Prof Alfried Vogler (Imperial College London / NHM), Dr Daegan Inward (Forest Research), Dr Martin Bidartondo (Imperial College London / Kew Gardens) and Max Barclay (NHM). This studentship is open to UK and EU nationals only. A Master's degree in ecology or evolutionary biology is required. For informal inquiries please contact A. Vogler at a.vogler@imperial.ac.uk.

Organization: Imperial College, London & The Natural History Museum, London
Location: London, UK
Submit application by: 30 April 2016

Details: http://bit.ly/1TOC6oh

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

2016-04-19

XVI World Water Congress "Bridging Science and Policy"

The objective of the World Water Congress is to provide a meeting place to share experiences, promote discussion, and to present new knowledge, research results and new developments in the field of water sciences around the world. For almost four decades the World Water Congresses have been excellent events for the identification of major global themes concerning the water agenda; and for the bringing together of a large cross-section of stakeholders for the development and implementation of decisions in the field of water.

Date: 29 May - 2 June 2017
Location: Cancun, Mexico
Organizers: International Water Resources Association (IWRA)

Details at: http://www.worldwatercongress.com/

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2016-04-28

EuroCoppice Training School: Coppice Management, Biodiversity and Services

Coppice is a traditional forest management practice with unique characteristics and is typical for many European forest landscapes. Besides wood, a renewable raw material, they provide numerous and very specific ecosystem services (ES). Recognition of such services is increasing and they are therefore gaining importance in both forest management and environmental policies. The overall aim of the Training School is to study the concepts and methods to assess ecosystem services related to biodiversity, conservation and cultural heritage for coppice forest stands in different stages of development.

Date: 17-23 July 2016  
Location: Boppard (south of Koblenz; Rhine Valley), Germany
Venue: AWO Hotel; Forestry District Office; Local Forest Stands
Organizers: University of Freiburg, Forestry District Boppard 

Submit application by: 13 May 2016

Details at:  http://www.eurocoppice.uni-freiburg.de/training-schools/ts-boppard-de
http://www.eurocoppice.uni-freiburg.de/training-schools/ts-boppard-de

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2016-04-20

Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship 2017 // 10 September 2016

The Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)'s Call for Applications for funding international conferences (such as workshops, congresses and symposia) and research fellowship grants for funding in 2017 is now open. Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries and who would like to conduct research projects abroad, in another member country of the Co-operative Research Programme. The aim of the Research Fellowships is to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation among scientists working in these areas. Applications should fit into one of the three following research themes: - Managing Natural Capital for the Future; - Managing Risks in a Connected World; - Transformational Technologies and Innovation.

Organization: Co-operative Research Programme (CRP)
Submit application by: 10 September 2016, midnight (Paris time).

Details: http://www.oecd.org/tad/crp/crp-research-fellowships-and-conference-sponsorship.htm    

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