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2017-01-18

IUFRO-Japan News No. 119

This issue of IUFRO-Japan News will give you an overview of the latest major events held by IUFRO: the IUFRO Asia-Oceania Regional Congress, the IUFRO Division 3 Doctoral Student Conference, Abies 2016 and others. It highlights the launch of the latest GFEP Global Rapid Response Report on "Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade - Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses" at CBD COP13 in Cancún, Mexico. At the same conference, IUFRO-SPDC was involved in the Forest Landscape and Ecosystem Restoration Day at CBD COP13 and organized a session there. IUFRO Executive Director Alexander Buck explains in an article how the implementation of the CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets is to be advanced.

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

2017-02-15

VII Edition of International Contest YPEF - Invitation to participate

YPEF is an international contest for students, which aims for education on forest, forestry and ecology in European countries. The knowledge base (learning material) covers forest and forestry of Europe as a whole and in the participating countries respectively. YPEF has been organized by forestry institutions and non-governmental organizations from participating European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Ukraine) for 7 years. The seventh edition of the international contest "Young People in European Forests" (YPEF) has recently been announced by the YPEF International Commission. National stages of the contest will be held between 1st of February and 15th of September 2017. The European Stage will be organized by the Hungarian Forestry Association and will take place in Sopron, Hungary in the last week of September 2017.

Details at: http://www.ypef.eu/    

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

2016-12-07

FAO: Guidelines on urban and peri-urban forestry

These guidelines are the result a consultative process that involved a large number of practitioners from both developed and developing countries. Two meetings were held in Glasgow and Delhi and a tentative outline was agreed upon. The guidelines are intended to provide a reference framework for decision makers and planners to adequately plan, design and manage the forest and trees in and around their cities. The document will include a general overview of the role of urban and peri-urban forests (UPF) towards a sustainable urban development, as well as specific chapters recommending policy and management actions to be taken to maximize UPF contribution in addressing both global and local challenges.

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

2017-03-21

IUFRO News Vol. 46, Double Issue 2/3, March 2017

"Forests and Energy" is the 2017 theme of the International Day of Forests on 21 March! IUFRO Division 5 - Forest Products will address this and related themes in a major conference this June.


Sustainable aviation biofuel (Biojet) is one example of a "Forests and Energy" technical session in the upcoming IUFRO All-Division 5 conference on "Forest Sector Innovations for a Greener Future" to be held in Vancouver, Canada, 12-16 June, 2017.

22 March is World Water Day! Forests and forested landscapes are essential for various water-related ecosystem services. IUFRO has initiated a global scientific assessment on "forests and water" in the framework of the CPF's Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) initiative led and coordinated by IUFRO. As a first step in the assessment, a Scoping Meeting was held on 16-17 March 2017 in Rome, Italy, kindly hosted by FAO.

Read a report from the scientific conference on "Forest-Related Policy and Governance: Analysis in the Environmental Social Sciences" held in Bogor, Indonesia on 4-7 October 2016. The conference was convened and organized by Dr. Lukas Giessen (Dept. of Forest Policy, Göttingen University/Germany), Dr. Dodik Nurrochmat and Mrs. Eny Widiya Astuti (both Directorate of Strategic Studies and Agriculture Policy, IPB Agricultural University Bogor/Indonesia).

A series of announcements including information about the Scientist Assistance Programme for the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress rounds off this issue of IUFRO News.



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Non-IUFRO Publications

2017-02-22

PDFs for free download!

The PDFs of two publications are currently available for free download: Microscopic Preparation Techniques for Plant Stem Analysis (Gärtner, Schweingruber; 2013) and Stem Anatomical Features of Dicotyledones (Crivellaro, Schweingruber; 2015). Both books can also be ordered as hard copies.

Position Announcements

2017-03-13

Doctoral Assistantship (PhD in Forest Resources) // First come, first serve

A graduate assistantship for an exceptional doctoral student is available at the Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab located at the University of Georgia's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. The incoming doctoral student will pursue research on ascertaining the extent of heirs' property (inherited land passed on intestate, without clear title, typically to family members) and its impacts on minority forest landowners and forest management practices in South Central Georgia. Research will involve a social survey, forest sampling, and coordination of outreach activities. The incoming student is expected to complete his/her dissertation within three years from the start date(summer or fall semester of 2017, negotiable). Applications will be reviewed on First Come First Serve basis.

Organization: Dwivedi Forest Sustainability Lab, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia     
Duty station: Athens,  GA, USA 
Submit application by: not indicated. Applications will be reviewed on First Come First Serve basis.

Details: http://forestsustainabilitylab.uga.edu/other/PhD%20Assistantship_Heirs'Property%20at%20DFSL,%20Warnell,UGA.pdf       

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

2017-03-08

The Role of Women in Mountain Regions

A conference under the Austrian presidency of the Alpine Convention

Sustainable development is vital for the mountain regions. Often it is the women who are particularly aware of the changes occurring in their environment and engage with initiatives to confront these changes. The aim of the conference is to provide information, along with fresh input and ideas, and to provide a forum for an exchange of experiences and networking for all those who are interested. The conference focuses on the unique role of women in mountain regions and examines their indispensable contribution to the protection, preservation and development of these regions.

Date: 18-19 April 2017
Location: Alpbach/Tyrol, Austria
Organizers: The Alpine Convention, Environment Agency Austria, Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management

Details at: http://fraueninbergregionen.at/ms/fraueninbergregionen/fib_welcome/     

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2017-03-13

Summer school: From xylogenesis to dendroecology: dendrochronology, quantitative wood anatomy and stable isotopes

The summer school will provide knowledge and tools to study and interpret "signal stored" in wood based on a multidisciplinary approach: from xylogenesis to quantitative wood anatomy, tree-ring measurements, and tree-ring stable isotopes. It will show how understanding the dynamics of wood formation in response to environmental factors is pivotal to forecast forest response to ongoing climate changes. The course will include theory, fieldwork, and hands-on laboratory sessions. Students will be involved in all aspects of sample preparation and analysis as well as in data interpretation.

Date: 25-29 September 2017
Location: Portici and Caserta, Naples, Italy
Organizers: University of Campania "L. Vanvitelli"; Federico II University

Submit application by: 1 September 2017

Details at: http://www.distabif.unina2.it/ - More information coming soon!
Please send expression of interest or inquiries to: giovanna.battipaglia@unicampania.it or demicco(at)unina.it  

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2017-03-08

PhD field scholarships: Evaluating Subnational REDD+ Programs // 15 April 2017

CIFOR is seeking eight PhD scholars to engage in an international network of researchers to focus on evaluating the impacts of subnational REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) initiatives in Brazil, Peru and Indonesia. CIFOR will provide scholarships to cover field costs related to the socioeconomic and environmental data collection at eight predetermined sites in Brazil, Indonesia, and Peru, where CIFOR has previously gathered data. Returning to these sites, including to non-intervention control sites, and using standardized research tools (household and village questionnaires) will help us construct time series data and consolidate our assessment of local REDD+ impacts.

Organization: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
Submit application by: 15 April 2017

Details at: http://www.cifor.org/career/151/phd-field-scholarships-evaluating-subnational-redd-programs/       

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

2016-10-08

Marcus Wallenberg Prize

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize, encourage and stimulate pathbreaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and to technical development within the fields of importance to forestry and forest industries.

Details: http://mwp.org/