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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

2017-02-22

IUFRO Spotlight #44 - Evidence linking community forest rights and improved forest condition inconclusive

Researchers at Michigan State University conclude that research on linkages between forest tenure and forest condition needs to be broader.


A group of researchers led by Dr. Runsheng Yin of MSU was tasked by the United States Agency for International Development with reviewing, summarizing and commenting evidence on the assumption that there is a correlation between the devolution of forest governance and improved forest condition. In their review of the literature, they found the assumption deserves, at best, a "maybe."

"Reforming forest tenure/governance systems is increasingly viewed as a key factor in fulfilling a whole host of development and environmental goals predicated on managing forest ecosystems sustainably," said Dr. Yin. The literature review can benefit policy makers, businesses, researchers, international donors and many other organizations by improving their understanding of the complex linkages between devolved tenure systems and forest conditions.

The literature review has been published as a four-article special feature in Forest Policy and Economics 73: 271-299: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/13899341/73


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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

2017-02-20

Full-time/Associate/Assistant Professor in Interactions of Climate Change and Forest Ecosystems / Forest Restoration or Forest Vegetation // 1 September 2017

The School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University currently has an opening in each of the following areas: 1. Interactions of Climate Change and Forest Ecosystems (Main in investigation and monitoring of CO2 or water flux in forests). 2. Forest Restoration or Forest Vegetation. Position Type: full-time Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor to commence on February 1, 2018. Qualifications: A Ph.D. in the above mentioned area or a related discipline is required, preferably with teaching or postdoctoral experiences.

Organization: School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University     
Location: Taipei, Chinese-Taipei 
Submit application by: 1 September 2017

Details: http://bit.ly/2loW1Q8               

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

2017-01-18

International Symposium on New Horizons in Forestry

Natural resources such as forest ecosystems offer many functions. Apart from the production of wood and non-wood products, forest ecosystem function is significant in regards to; climate regulation and carbon sequestration; biodiversity, water and soil conservation; rural development; urban life support; community health and the protection of cultural values; etc. The symposium aims to provide a platform for the exchange of interdisciplinary scientific information, as well as offering an open forum for the discussion on the issues related to forestry, in light of new developments. The symposium will have a global focus with the intent of identifying new avenues of research. Leading to an advancement in research technologies for the benefit of forests, forestry and forest product industry.

Date: 18-20 October 2017
Location: Isparta, Turkey
Organizers: Faculty of Forestry, Suleyman Demirel University

Details at: http://www.isfor2017.org/index.php     

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2017-02-16

Free Webinar on Pest Molecular Diagnostic

EMPHASIS project presents its second free webinar about 'In field molecular diagnostics as an aid to disease management'. The session will be delivered by UK's National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) - one of EMPHASIS partners - and will give more insights to the audience about isothermal Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) assays and how they can be used to diagnose the presence of latent diseases in the field, including those which are especially difficult to identify. They will show how assays are developed, and how they may be used to improve disease management choices. The target audience are researchers, agri-business and forestry experts, farmers and foresters and any other interested in plant health.

Date/Time: Wednesday, 1 March 2017 / 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CET
Location: online
Organizers: EMPHASIS Project, in cooperation with National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)

Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-field-molecular-diagnostics-as-an-aid-to-disease-management-tickets-31705750754

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2017-02-20

APFNet Scholarship Program (ASP) 2017

Launched in 2010 under the APFNet's Capacity Building Framework, the ASP is a scholarship program that supports qualified students in completing a Master's degree program related to Sustainable Forest Management and rehabilitation. So far APFNet has cooperated with Beijing Forestry University and Nanjing Forestry University (NJFU) as the two host universities of the Program, and two more universities targeting the Greater Central Asia region in 2017 (Inner Mongolia Agriculture University and Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University). In 2017, APFNet plans to select and support about 18 qualified students.

Organization: Asia Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) 
Duration: 2 years, starting from September 2017
Submit application by: 30 May 2017

Details at: http://www.apfnet.cn/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=983&Itemid=128          

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

2017-02-23

FPS Wood Award

The Wood Award recognizes and honors outstanding graduate student research conducted in the field of wood and wood products. Wood Award papers will describe original research on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, harvesting and forest operations, development and manufacture of products, fundamental properties, end-use applications, and distribution and marketing. Papers addressing a timely subject, as well as those that will be helpful to the forest products industry, are encouraged. Judges will rate the papers on the basis of the explanation of the science, quality of work, innovation, skill of treatment, conclusions, and applicability.

Submit application by: 28 February 2017

Details: http://www.forestprod.org/IC/wood_award.php