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IUFRO Announcements

2015-01-07

Call For Papers On New IUFRO-WFSE theme

"Shifting global development discourses: Implications for forests and livelihoods"

Sustainable development objectives and discourse have dominated environmental and development policies and practice for the past three decades. During the last decade new narratives have emerged within these discourses with catchphrases like: "Green Economy", "Inclusive Green Growth", "Low Carbon Development", "Climate-Smart Agriculture" and "Sustainable Intensification". There is no universal consensus about the meaning of these concepts; instead they are interpreted in different ways by different actors and in various contexts. The myriad of understandings of e.g. "low carbon development", "green growth" and "green economy" cover a spectrum from narrow concerns about climate change and clean energy supply at one extreme to calls for more extensive transformative change in the global economic system for more efficient resource use at the other, which also calls for more sustainable and inclusive commodity supply with improved equity in benefit sharing.

Although their scope and horizon vary and are still unknown, these narratives suggest new rationalities and approaches to sustainable development. This call invites authors to concentrate on the role of forests in these narratives, related strategies, agendas and practice and corresponding implications for forests and livelihoods. The concept note includes guiding research questions and practical information about this call, including the time schedule.

Details at: http://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/science/spps/wfse/wfse-ffl-call-concept-note-141212.pdf

For more information about this call contact pia.katila(at)metla.fi

Other Announcements

General

2015-01-26

Survey on Urban Forestry/Arboriculture Curricula

Rich Haur, Jess Vogt and Burney Fischer are investigating where urban forestry and arboriculture is taught and perceptions of interdisciplinary topics. The researchers initially targeted the survey of about 250 institutions in North America in a variety of programs (forestry, landscape architecture, environmental science, biology, horticulture, arboriculture, geography, etc.) that might teach none, some, or much in a curriculum that pertains to Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. They are also interested to also gain a perspective of institutions worldwide.

If you are involved in an educational programme that includes aspects of urban forestry and arboriculture, you are encouraged to reply to the brief survey.

Thanks in advance on behalf of the researchers!

Organizers: Rich Haur, Jess Vogt and Burney Fischer
Details at: https://furman.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_difGbRCREAOcXDD

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

2015-01-28

Scientific Summary 128 in IUFRO News Vol. 44, Issue 1, January 2014

How to build resilient landscapes and learn how climate objectives can be addressed through forest landscape restoration? Learn about a joint project of IUFRO and WRI.


A side event at the 2014 IUFRO World Congress discussed forest landscape restoration (FLR) as a strategy for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Almost half of the global forest landscapes that have been deforested and/or severely degraded over the past centuries are considered as relevant target areas for forest landscape restoration. They account for about 2 billion hectares of degraded land and, once restored, potentially support the multiple environmental benefits provided by forests and trees.

IUFRO is pleased to partner with the World Resources Institute in implementing a joint project, financed by the German Ministry of Environment, called "Inspire, Support and Mobilize Forest and Landscape Restoration" in support of the Bonn Challenge Global Forest Landscape Restoration Policy Initiative.

Download the full Scientific Summary:

Forest Landscape Restoration as a Strategy for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

Side Event at the XXIV IUFRO World Congress, 10 October 2014, Salt Lake City, USA
Report by John Stanturf, Palle Madsen, Promode Kant and Michael Kleine

Non-IUFRO Publications

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  

Position Announcements

2015-01-28

Assistant or Associate Professor of Natural Resource Management // 15 February 2015

The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University (MTU) invites applications for the position of Assistant or Associate Professor of Natural Resource Management (nine-month, tenure-track at MTU). The successful candidate will contribute to the School’s vision as a premier, national center of excellence in natural resources and environmental science education, research, and outreach.

Organization: School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University (MTU)
Location: Houghton, MI, USA
Submit application by: 15 February 2015 (start of review of applications), open until filled

Details at: https://www.jobs.mtu.edu/postings/2517

IUFRO Meetings

2014-10-20

IUFRO All-Division 5 Conference

Date: 2017
Organizers: IUFRO Division 5 - Forest Products
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Other Meetings/Events

2015-01-22

5th Annual World Congress of Bioenergy-2015

Date: 24-26 September 2015
Organizers: Several Ministries of the People's Republic of China
Location: Xi’an, China

Details at: http://www.bitcongress.com/wcbe2015/default.asp

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2015-01-22

Master's Degree Program in Environmental Policy and Law

This is a multidisciplinary two-year program taught in English at the University of Eastern Finland. The program combines group teaching and independent research with the objective of providing participants with professional skills in environmental law and policy.

The program combines group teaching and independent research with the objective of providing participants with professional skills in environmental law and policy. Participants may choose between two alternative majors: a) Natural Resources Governance or b) Environmental and Climate Change Law.

Date: starting September 2015, two-year course
Submit application between: 7 January - 18 February 2015
Organizers: Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL), University of Eastern Finland

Details at: http://www.uef.fi/en/envlawandpolicy

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2015-01-13

NordGen Forest Scholarship

NordGen Forest grants a sum each year to encourage education and knowledge exchange within NordGen Forest's field of work in the Nordic countries. The scholarships should contribute to common Nordic benefit by supporting education, continuing education and knowledge exchange for persons working or studying within forest seed or plant production, regeneration methods and tree breeding in the Nordic countries.

Organization: NordGen Forest
Submit application by: 15 February 2015

Details at http://www.nbforest.info/news/apply-nordgen-forest-scholarship
 

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

2015-01-14

2015 FPS Annual Excellence Awards

The Forest Products Society presents four awards at the International Convention each year. These awards highlight student and professional innovation, research, and other significant contributions to the forest products industry and recognize exceptional service to the Society. - See more at: forestprod.org/ic/awards.php

The Forest Products Society presents four awards at the International Convention each year. These awards highlight student and professional innovation, research, and other significant contributions to the forest products industry and recognize exceptional service to the Society. - See more at: forestprod.org/ic/awards.php

The Forest Products Society presents four awards at the International Convention each year. These awards highlight student and professional innovation, research, and other significant contributions to the forest products industry and recognize exceptional service to the Society. Nominations for the 2015 FPS Annual Excellence Awards are now being accepted. The 2015 awards will be presented at the Forest Products Society's 69th International Convention on June 10-12, 2015

Submit application by: 20 March 2015

Details at: http://forestprod.org/ic/awards.php