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IUFRO Announcements

2016-09-22

IUFRO-Japan News No. 118

In IUFRO-Japan News No. 118, Alexander Buck, the Executive Director of IUFRO, introduces the reader to the long-standing history of IUFRO's collaboration with FAO, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Another article reports on the recently held Workshop on Biological Invasions in Forests which was organized by the IUFRO Task Force on Forests and Biological Invasions. And the newsletter shares the latest news on the IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania, which will start in about a month's time in Beijing, China.

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. THe IUFRO-J history and constitution are included in IUFRO-J NEWS No. 118.

Download PDF from: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/25408/5542/iufro-japan-news-118_pdf/ 

Other Announcements

General

2016-10-27

International survey on conservation and sustainable use of forest resources

The GenTree project is launching an international survey open to various stakeholders in the forest sector.

As part of the GenTree project, a survey has been launched to collect perspectives of different stakeholders, mainly practitioners and policy makers, on aspects related to conservation and sustainable use of forest resources, in particular their genetic (intraspecific) diversity. It is available in multiple languages. Please share with relevant contacts in the forest sector, such as forest managers, forest owners, policymakers, tree breeders, representatives of nurseries, seed harvesting or processing companies and the industry.

Details at: http://www.gentree-h2020.eu/news/article/international-survey-on-conservation-and-sustainable-use-of-forest-resources/             

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

2016-12-03

World Series Vol. 35 - Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade – Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses. A Global Scientific Rapid Response Assessment Report

The most recent GFEP global assessment report on "Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade" is officially launched at the CBD COP13 in Cancún, Mexico, on 3 December 2016.


Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade – Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses. A Global Scientific Rapid Response Assessment Report

Editors: Daniela Kleinschmit, Stephanie Mansourian, Christoph Wildburger & Andre Purret

IUFRO World Series Volume 35. Vienna. 148 p.

ISBN 978-3-902762-70-2
ISSN 1016-3263

Published by:
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), 2016


For download
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the complete document (high resolution)
the complete document (low resolution)  


This report presents the results of the fifth global scientific assessment undertaken by the GFEP initiative. The report set out to gain deeper understanding of the meaning of illegal logging and related timber trade, its scale, drivers and consequences. It provides a structured synthesis of available scientific and expert knowledge on illegal logging and associated timber trade while adding to existing studies and reports by sharing new insights, including a criminology perspective and new information about timber and timber product trade flows as well as exploring future policy options and governance responses.

This assessment report and the accompanying policy brief provide an authoritative source of information for policymakers and stakeholders involved in the fight against illegal logging and associated timber trade, in order to support effective action in tackling this pressing global problem.  


Report and policy brief available at:
http://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/illegal-timber-trade-rapid-response/report/


Press release available at:
Loopholes in regulations allow illegal logging to thrive worldwide
Brechas en regulaciones permiten que la tala ilegal prospere en todo el mundo

http://www.iufro.org/media/latest-releases/

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

2016-12-01

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Plant Systems Biology // 30 January 2017

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and applied research to deliver transformative solutions to compelling problems in energy and security. Our diverse capabilities span a broad range of scientific and engineering disciplines, enabling the Laboratory to explore fundamental science challenges and to carry out the research needed to accelerate the delivery of solutions to the marketplace. The Plant Systems Biology group within the Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) seeks up to four postdoctoral researchers with experience in plant molecular biology, molecular genetics and biochemistry. You will join a multi-disciplinary team of investigators undertaking broad, integrated approaches to enhance productivity and sustainability of bioenergy crops.

Organization: Plant Systems Biology group, Biosciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)    
Location: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA
Submit application by: 30 January 2017 

Details: http://bit.ly/2fIem3Y      

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

2016-11-21

International Congress on Cork Oak Trees and Woodlands: conservation, management, products and challenges for the future

The Congress is intended as a forum for sharing Mediterranean experiences in the cork industry: from the conservation and sustainable management of cork forests to the aspects of industrial processes and alternative uses to cork stopper production. The Congress is held in Sardinia, an island in the centre of the Western Mediterranean, where many rural landscapes are characterised by cork trees, which thus have environmental and economic value, and, hence also social value.

Date: 25-26 May 2017
Location: Sassari, Italy
Organizers: Department of Science for Nature and Environmental Resources - University of Sassari; Forestry and Wood Research Centre of the Italian Council for Agricultural Research and Economics; Institute of Ecosystem Study of the National Research Council - unit of Sassari 

Details at: http://www.corkoaksardiniacongress.it/index.html    

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2016-12-05

Third Summer School "Integrated Land Use Systems" (ILUS)

The rapidly growing world population and changes in food consumption are placing increasing pressure on agricultural and forestry production systems. However, the classic intensification approach to increase yield of food and biomass by genetic homogenization, mechanization and application of pesticides and fertilizer has led in many places to negative environmental and social consequences such as soil degradation, eutrophication, decline in fresh water resources, loss of biodiversity, land-use conflicts, as well as a loss of employment. Against this background, Integrated Land Use Systems (ILUS), which combine different types of land uses and integrate several management goals in the same patch or landscape mosaic, are gaining more and more attention. It is assumed that ILUS provide a higher level of ecosystem goods and services, are less vulnerable to the risks of global change and markets, and are better suited to the livelihood strategies of local populations. The Summer School will introduce participants to important ILUS (e.g., agroforestry systems), the socio-economic context in which they developed, and to critical analysis of their ecological, social and economic performance. Scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) are available to support travel and living expenses for up to 15 participants.

Date: 12-30 June 2017   
Location: Freiburg, Germany 
Organizers: Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources of the University of Freiburg  

Register early-bird by: 5 February 2017

Details at:  https://www.waldbau.uni-freiburg.de/news_events/ILUS_sumschool_2017

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2015-02-26

WFI International Fellowship Program

The award-winning WFI Fellowship program brings professionals in natural resources to conduct a practical research project at the World Forestry Center.  In addition to projects, Fellows participate in weekly field trips, interviews and site visits to Northwest forestry organizations, research labs, universities, public and private timberlands, trade associations, mills, and corporations.  The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable forestry from the Pacific Northwest forestry sector, and to work with colleagues from around the world.  Fellowships are open to any country, including U.S. citizens. The Fellowship program offers partial scholarships through the Harry A. Merlo Foundation, but all applicants must be able to cover at least 50% of the program fee. Over 100 Fellows from 30 countries have participated to date.  The term is 6 to 12 months, applications are accepted year-round.  For more information and how to apply, please visit:  http://wfi.worldforestry.org/index/international-fellowship.html

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

2016-11-15

Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award

The Canadian Insittute of Forestry (CIF-IFC) is now accepting applications for The 2017 Prince of Wales Forest Leadership Award!

This Award program recognizes students and recent graduates who have actively engaged in forestry or natural resource management and have demonstrated a passion for the environment and a desire to solve complex problems. A total of 4 award-winners, 2 from Canada and 2 from the United Kingdom, will take part in an international forestry student exchange program each summer. Participating students will work at meaningful employment in their partner country, which will offer a broad range of interdisciplinary forestry experience in policy, planning and field work.

Submit application by: 31 December 2016

Details at: http://www.cif-ifc.org/forest-leadership-award/