Noticeboard

IUFRO Announcements

2014-12-10

T20Q – join the second phase of the global survey

T20Q is a global project that allows you to have your say about issues of importance in forestry and landscapes. From May through November 2014 we collected questions – concerning research and policy in forestry and landscapes – from respondents in 104 countries around the world. We are now re-engaging those who completed this first phase AND we want those who haven't contributed to get involved. Questions submitted through in Phase 1 have been sorted and organised into topics that reflect the most frequently-occurring themes. These are presented in sets of questions for further consolidating online through a ranking process. We are now seeking your contribution in assessing these questions and rating them.

For details, please visit: http://forestryevidence.com/t20q/

Other Announcements

General

2014-12-09

Managing for Complex Forest Stand Structures

Kevin O'Hara. 240 pages | 246x189mm. 978-0-19-870307-5 | Paperback | 28 August 2014

This book presents the latest scientific and management information on multiaged silviculture, an emerging strategy for managing forestry systems worldwide. Over recent decades, forest science and management have tended to emphasize plantation silviculture. Whilst this clearly meets our wood production needs, many of the world's forests need to be managed far less intensively and more flexibly in order to maintain their natural ecosystem functions together with the values inherent in those processes. Developing multiaged management strategies for these complex forest ecosystems represents a global challenge to successfully integrate available science with sustainable management practices.

Details at: http://global.oup.com/localecatalogue/cls_academic/?i=9780198703075

UNECE

2014-08-20

72nd Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI)

At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation and with the support of the Russian Federal Forest Agency and the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan will host the 72nd Session from 18 to 21 November 2014.

The meeting will focus on the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. It will showcase how actors within and outside the forest sector can work together to make the best contribution to the emerging Green Economy. Their input are diverse: from improving forest-based technologies to develop innovative wood and non-wood forest products; from making forest work safer, to valuating and setting up payments for the multiple services that forests offers to the society in the UNECE region. Delegates to the Committee session will discuss forest resources assessment and reporting issues, as well as the role of forests in the post-2015 development agenda. They will also provide guidance to the secretariat on how to implement the UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work for the COFFI and the FAO European Forestry Commission adopted at their joint session "Metsä2013" in December 2013. 

For more information about the programme, please follow this link: http://www.unece.org/forests/kazan2014.html. Contact: Paola Deda: paola.deda(at)unece.org

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

2014-12-11

Scientific Summary 127 in IUFRO News Vol. 43, Issue 12, mid-December 2014

At the IUFRO meeting on Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems alarming new reports were presented of threats to rare Andean conifers and other species worldwide.


The 7th meeting of the IUFRO Working Party 7.02.09 Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems took place in Esquel, Patagonia, Argentina, from 10-14 November 2014.

Discussions revealed that that number of described species continued to increase as new ecosystems are explored for Phytophthora, and as global plant trade continues to introduce previously unknown and innocuous pathogens to new habitats where they are destructive. Alarming new reports were presented of threats to rare Andean conifers, heritage juniper woodlands in Britain, iconic kauri trees in New Zealand, and plantations of exotic conifers on several continents.


Download the full Scientific Summary:

Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems

Report by Everett Hansen, Oregon State University, past Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 7.02.09
http://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70200/70209/

 

 

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

2014-11-24

2 Vacancies for Assistant Professor/Associate Professor In Forest and Nature Conservation Policy // 25 December 2014

The Forest and Nature Conservation Policy (FNP) chair group of Wageningen University has two vacancies for two enthusiastic and ambitious academics at the associate or assistant professor level. Submit application by: 25 December 2014.

Organization: Forest and Nature Conservation Policy (FNP) chair group of Wageningen University
Submit application by: 25 December 2014

Details at: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/WUR/vacancy/25449/lang/en/#jobspecifications

IUFRO Meetings

2014-10-20

IUFRO All-Division 5 Conference

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

Other Meetings/Events

2014-11-19

8th ANZIF Conference: Beyond Tenure - Managing Forests Across the Landscape

Date: 13-15 April 2015
Organizers: The Institute of Foresters of Australia, in association with the New Zealand Institute of Forestry
Location: Creswick, Victoria, Australia

Details at: http://www.forestryconference.org.au/ 

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2014-12-10

African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA) - Second Class

With the first class graduating in December 2014, the AFPBA is currently recruiting for its second cohort which will begin classes June 2015.

Recruitment is currently  underway for the second Class of  African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA). AfPBA's goal is to train practicing African plant breeders in the most advanced theory and technologies for plant breeding. This six‐week program will be delivered in three 2‐ week classes with session one beginning in Nairobi, Kenya, on June, 2015. For more information, see pba.ucdavis.edu. Applications are due by February 15, 2015.

Apply by: 15 February 2015
Organizers: African Plant Breeding Academy (AfPBA) and ICRAF

Details at: http://blog.worldagroforestry.org/index.php/2014/12/09/at-icraf-the-african-plant-breeding-academy-graduates-elite-scientists/

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2014-11-26

Translational Plant Sciences Graduate Program at Ohio State University

A uniquely tailored plant sciences Ph.D. program offering full remission of tuition & fees, competitive stipends, and research related costs. Submit application by: 1 January 2015.

Organization: Translational Plant Sciences Graduate Program, Ohio State University
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Submit application by: 1 January 2015

Details at: http://tpsgp.osu.edu/home

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

2014-12-09

Schweighofer Prize 2015

The Schweighofer Prize is donated by the Austrian Schweighofer family, who has been engaged in the European woodworking industry for generations. Since 2003 the award is presented every second year, and is endowed with a total prize money of € 300,000. The Schweighofer Prize awards innovative ideas, technologies, products and services in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European Forest Based Sector. Applications or proposals can be submitted either in German or English, but no other language, as no translation will be offered to the jury. Please note that only applications/proposals that meet the content and formal requirements will be accepted.

The online submission closes on 2nd February, 2015 at 14:00 CET: https://ssl.schweighofer-prize.org/prize/