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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

2016-07-19

IUFRO Spotlight #39 - Governments Reclaiming Role in Forest Certification

Report: From governance to government: The strengthened role of state bureaucracies in forest and agricultural certification


Many governments are reclaiming a role that had been pretty well ceded to ENGOs and other private organizations over the past few decades – state governance of forest certification.

According to the authors of the report "From governance to government: The strengthened role of state bureaucracies in forest and agricultural certification", this has become more noticeable following the recent rise of state-driven schemes for certifying timber legality as well as palm oil production in places such as Indonesia.

Lead author Dr. Lukas Giessen, Senior Researcher and Head of the International Forest Policy Working Group at the Chair of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy, University of Goettingen, Germany, says the report provides counter-balance to existing research on private actor/institution certification, which has shown a bias toward overestimating private influence. It also shows the significant role ministries and other state forest administrators can and do play in certification politics worldwide.

The report can be found at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polsoc.2016.02.001

Dr. Lukas Giessen is Coordinator of IUFRO Research Group 9.05.00 – Forest policy and governance:
http://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90500/

 

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Non-IUFRO Publications

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.

Position Announcements

2016-07-27

Post-doc Researcher (m/f): Science-Policy-Interfacing on biodiversity and ecosystem services // 11 August 2016

The Department of Conservation Biology at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) is offering a full-time position, limited to 2 years starting in November 2016. The position is located in the department’s Working Group on Theory and Science-Policy and collaborates closely with other departments. The focus is on the connection between scientific research on science-policy-interfacing in the areas of environmental policies and governance (Focus area on biodiversity and ecosystem services) with the practical implementation of interface activities. This includes the involvement in the BMBF co-funded project „Unterstützung der Biodiversitätsforschung in Deutschland und ihrer Einbindung in Wissenschafts-Politik-Prozesse, insbesondere in die Implementierung des IPBES-Arbeitsprogramms“ via the Network-Forum on Biodiversity Research Germany (NeFo). In addition, the successful applicant will get involved in the working group’s activities on the European level (inter alia via the EU-funded project EKLIPSE, www.eklipse-mechanism.eu).

Organization: The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
Location: Leipzig, Germany
Submit application by: 11 August 2016

Details: https://recruitingapp-5128.de.umantis.com/Vacancies/838/Description/2    

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

Additional information:

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2016-06-29

Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

The UEF-UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements is a high profile two week Course on MEAs, international environmental law-making and diplomacy. It is organised annually in cooperation of the University of Eastern Finland and UNEP, with a changing course venue and theme each year. The aim of the Course is to equip present and future negotiators of multilateral environmental agreements with the information and experiences of others in the area of international environmental law-making in order to improve the impact and implementation of these key treaties.

Date: 21 November - 1 December 2016  
Location: Joensuu, Finland
Organizers: University of Eastern Finland, United Nations Environment Programme 

Submit application by: 14 August 2016

Details at:
http://www.uef.fi/en/web/unep
http://www.unep.org/training

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