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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

2016-05-30

Annual Report 2015

Now available for download! Read about the numerous activities, achievements and successes of IUFRO in 2015!


2015 was a busy year for IUFRO. The impressive number of 80 IUFRO co-sponsored scientific meetings and a strong IUFRO presence in global policy processes and events show the high level of activity in IUFRO throughout the year. In addition, following new strategic initiatives, a series of interesting opportunities for IUFRO scientists to network and share results have emerged, such as the ten new IUFRO Task Forces. Among the major achievements there were two publications in the IUFRO World Series, one on the forest and food nexus, and the other one on the climate benefits of forest landscape restoration. But there was much more…

Download IUFRO's Annual Report 2015 and the Annual Report Highlights:

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

2016-03-29

Assistant Professor or Above in Forestry // 20 June 2016

The Department of Forestry at National Chung Hsing University in China-Taipei is seeking to appoint a full-time Assistant Professor or above in Forest Biology or Forest Management from February 1, 2017. The qualified candidates must hold a PhD degree, and will be asked to supply a C.V, a statement of research accomplishments (including research papers), future research and teaching plans, and at least two letters of reference (including one from the candidate's PhD adviser).

Organization: Department of Forestry, National Chung Hsing University
Location: Taichung, China-Taipei
Submit application by: 20 June 2016

Details: http://for.nchu.edu.tw/index.asp?ind=101&no=8&id=1344

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

2016-05-09

Training School "Genetic diversity of marginal tree populations:from genomics to henotypicvariation"

The training school is designed to cover a broad range of topics related to assessment of genetic diversity and conservation of forest genetic resources of marginal tree populations. The school will be focused on tree populations in Southern Europe (e.g. Balkan Peninsula), with special emphasis on broadleaved, relict and endemic species. The training school will consist of a combination of lectures, practical exercises on analyses of phenotypic data obtained from common garden experiments and field visits. The training school targets PhD students and other young scientists involved in on-going studies of genetics of forest tree species. MSc students can also benefit from the course if they already have some background knowledge in population genetics or quantitative genetics, and are working with genetic analysis of populations in their MSc thesis. Applications from postdoctoral researchers are welcome, as well

Date: 13-16 June 2016  
Location: Novi Sad, Serbia
Organizers: Cost Action FP1202; Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, University of Novi SadF 

Submit application by: 15 May 2016

Details at:  http://map-fgr.entecra.it/

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