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IUFRO Announcements

2017-04-26

IUFRO-Japan News No. 120

IUFRO-Japan News No. 120 will provide readers with information on the International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA) and the latest activities of IUFRO's Special Programme for Development of Capacities (IUFRO-SPDC). It also reports about the 2016 event "FORCOM/SFEM/2016 - Sustainable Forest Management in a rapidly changing world: Philosophy and Technology for forest resource management" which was held in Tsu-City. It also gives an outlook on important future iufro events, such as the 125th IUFRO Anniversary Congress to be held in Freiburg, Germany, in September 2017.

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.

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Other Announcements

General

2017-06-22

European Forest Week Art Contest

The fourth European Forest Week will take place on 9-13 October 2017 in Warsaw, Poland, and focus on the theme of: Forests, our common good. Young people from 5 to 19 years of age are invited to participate in an art contest to illustrate this theme. Drawings or paintings can be created digitally, drawn, painted or sketched using pens, pencils, crayons or charcoal, or using oil, acrylic or watercolor paint. And, of course, there are prizes to win!

Organizer: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Date: 9-13 October 2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Submit entries by: 31 July 2017

Details:
European Forest Week Art Contest: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/art-contest/en/
European Forest week: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/en/ or write to efw(at)fao.org

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

2017-06-22

European Forest Week Art Contest

The fourth European Forest Week will take place on 9-13 October 2017 in Warsaw, Poland, and focus on the theme of: Forests, our common good. Young people from 5 to 19 years of age are invited to participate in an art contest to illustrate this theme. Drawings or paintings can be created digitally, drawn, painted or sketched using pens, pencils, crayons or charcoal, or using oil, acrylic or watercolor paint. And, of course, there are prizes to win!

Organizer: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Date: 9-13 October 2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Submit entries by: 31 July 2017

Details:
European Forest Week Art Contest: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/art-contest/en/
European Forest week: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/en/ or write to efw(at)fao.org

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

2017-06-27

Annual Report 2016

An electronic version of the full 2016 IUFRO Annual Report is now available. A short summary of 2016 Highlights was already published earlier on.


One of the most important and certainly amongst the most exciting events for IUFRO in 2016 was the First IUFRO Regional Congress for Asia and Oceania (IUFRO-AO) in Beijing, China, held between the 24th and the 27th of October.
(Find a summary report here: http://www.iufro.org/events/congresses-regional/#c25751)

Another important highlight for IUFRO in 2016 was the launch of our latest scientific assessment report prepared as a "Rapid Response on Illegal Timber Trade" by the IUFRO-led Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). (The report can be downloaded at: http://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/illegal-timber-trade-rapid-response/report/).

Of course, the IUFRO Annual Report 2016 includes detailed information on the manifold activities of IUFRO Divisions, Task Forces, Special Programmes, Projects and IUFRO-led Initiatives.


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Non-IUFRO Publications

2017-04-25

UNESCO: Forest Management and the impact on water resources: a review of 13 countries

Trees have been around for more than 370 million years, and today there are about 80 thousand species of them, occupying 3.5 billion hectares worldwide, including 250 million ha of commercial plantations. While forests can provide tremendous environmental, social, and economic benefitsto nations, they also affect the hydrologic cycle in different ways. As the demand for water grows and local precipitation patterns change due to global warming, plantation forestry has encountered an increasing number of water-related conflicts worldwidethis document provides a country-by-country summary of the current state of knowledge on the relationship between forest management and water resources. Based on available research publications, the Editor-in-Chief of this document contacted local scientists from countries where the impact of forest management on water resources is an issue, inviting them to submit a chapter. A greater focus by future research on the interaction between forest management, water management and gender issues can help to better understand their interconnection and to identify ways to strengthen the management of both resources while fostering gender equality.

Position Announcements

2017-06-20

Postdoc position: pathogen diversity and evolution in the beech bark disease system // open until filled

The Garnas lab seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral scientist to study 1) patterns and consequences of microbial diversity in the beech bark disease (BBD) pathogen complex and associated bark communities; and 2) impacts of divergent life histories among the dominant BBD associates on pathogen gene flow and population structure across the range of the disease. Within this framework, the successful candidate will be encouraged to develop his/her own ideas to advance basic and applied knowledge around fungal evolution in the context of a complex, multi-player decline disease.

Organization: Garnas lab, http://colsa.unh.edu/faculty/garnas,  Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, University of New Hampshire
Duty station: Durham, NH, USA
Submit application by: Review of applications will begin on or around the first week of July.

Details: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/26725/5545/nb-garnas-lab-beech-bark-disease-system_doc/

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

2017-06-21

Las2017 - Joint Session of the ECE Committee of Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC)

ECE and FAO have the pleasure to announce the Joint Session of the ECE Committee of Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC), Las2017 ('las' means 'forest' in Polish), taking place in Warsaw, Poland, 9–13 October 2017. The theme of Las2017 is 'Forests, our common good: Enhancing sustainable development in light of the Paris Agreement'. The session will specifically focus on forest and forest products in a changing climate.

A High-level Segment under the same theme is organized by the Ministry of Environment of Poland on 9 October, 10:00 – 13:00. A separate invitation will be sent to your Minister by the host country.

Las2017 will be held in conjunction with the 4th European Forest Week (EFW), www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/en/, which will be celebrated throughout Europe during the same week. As part of Las2017 and as a contribution to the EFW, there will be the opportunity to organize special events at the joint session in Warsaw under the theme of Las2017. Special events will be taking place from 13:15 – 14:45 on the 9, 10, 11 and 12 October.

Date: 9–13 October 2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Organizers: ECE, FAO

Details at: http://www.unece.org/forests/las2017    

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2017-05-16

One-week PhD level course: State-of-the-art International Forest Policy

The course aims to provide understanding of international forest policy on global as well as European level from a broad social science perspective, with an emphasis on the economics perspective. The course aims at an interdisciplinary audience, welcoming students not only from core social sciences but also from management of natural resources, forests being one example. The course also aims at progress from a theoretical definition of forest policy to practical examples of forest policy on the EU level. The course especially invites graduate students from the agricultural and natural sciences universities in the Nordic and Baltic region. Government officials from e.g., forest agencies or staff at forest companies are also welcome to participate in the course.

Date: not set yet (Course period: 2017-09-04 – 2017-10-08)
Location: Umeå, Sweden
Organizers: Department of Forest Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and the North European Regional Office of the European Forest Institute, EFINORD, in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental and Resource Economics, CERE, the Scandinavian Society of Forest Economics, SSFE, and the University of Copenhagen

Submit application by: 10 July 2017

Details at: http://www.slu.se/en/departments/forest-economics/education/phd-education/phd-courses/state-of-the-art-international-forest-policy/      

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

2017-05-10

BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

The BBVA Foundation invites nominations for the 10th edition of its Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. These awards seek to recognize and encourage world-class research and artistic creation, prizing contributions of lasting impact for their originality, theoretical significance and ability to push back the frontiers of the known world. These international awards span eight categories: Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics), Biomedicine, Ecology and Conservation Biology, Information and Communication Technologies, Economics, Finance and Management, Contemporary Music, Climate Change and Development Cooperation. Candidates shall be one or more natural persons of any nationality. In categoroies 7 and 8, entries are also open to agencies and organizations in the private (not-for profit) sector. Awards in each category come with €400,000 prize money, a diploma and a commemorative artwork.

Organizer: BBVA
Submit application by: 30 June 2017, 23:00 GMT

Details and nominations: www.fbbva.es/awards