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2017-09-14

IUFRO-Japan News No. 121

This issue of IUFRO-J News informs readers about IUFRO's activities at UNFF 12, such as Side Events organized by the IUFRO Task Force on Climate Change and Forest Health and the Special Project on World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO-WFSE). It also gives an overview about the latest publications such as the IUFRO World Series 35 - Illegal Logging and Related Timber Trade ─ Dimensions, Drivers, Impacts and Responses. A Global Scientific Rapid Response Assessment Report, published by the Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP).

The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee (http://www.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/labs/iufroj/index_Eng.html 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

2017-07-13

4th European Forest Week

First celebrated in 2008, the European Forest Week provides a unique opportunity to increase the forest sector's visibility and to influence pan-European and global discussions related to forests. The week is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with the Ministry of Environment of Poland. The city of Warsaw will host the 2017 European Forest Week, which will be held in conjunction with Las2017 ('las' means 'forest' in Polish), the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee of Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC). National and local activities held during this week in participating countries will raise awareness on forests, our common good, through contests, exhibitions, talks and videos.

Organizer: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Ministry of Environment of Poland
Date: 9-13 October 2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland

Details: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/en/ 

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

2017-09-20

A History of IUFRO Congresses, Forest Research and Russia's Participation

Russia is a country with a very large forest area. Its forest scientists, researchers, managers and specialists have always been involved and play an important role in IUFRO.


Forests play a crucial role for all peoples in the world and they are important natural resources providing various benefits to people. Russia is a country with large forest area accounting for about 20 percent of the global forest cover and 49 percent of the global boreal and temperate forests. It has more than 17 million hectares of planted forests. The area of forest is stable, making the Russian forestry significant not only at the national level but also at the global level. Therefore, there is a need to manage them properly to achieve sustainable forest management. While there are lots of issues affecting our forests, it should remind us all that the context surrounding forest research and its management is evolving and changing constantly.

This monograph is a history of the establishment, major developments and Congresses of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), and the participation of Russian forest scientists, researchers, managers and specialists in IUFRO activities. Interesting facts and previously unpublished documents and photographs are presented. The book is targeted to university and postgraduate students, teachers, professors, researchers, scientists, forest sector administrators, as well as to those interested in the history of the forest sector in Russia and the world, the development of forest science, international relations and scientific organizations.

Victor K. Teplyakov and Valentin S. Shalaev
A History of IUFRO Congresses, Forest Research and Russia's Participation / Translation of the 2nd Russian edition. John A. Parrotta and Priya Parrotta Natarajan, editors. Seoul: 2017. – 581 pp.

Copyright © 2014, 2015, 2017 by Victor K. Teplyakov and Valentin S. Shalaev
Copyright © 2017 by Elena N. Samoletova and Victor K. Teplyakov, translation
Copyright © 2017 by John A. Parrotta and Priya Parrotta Natarajan, editing

ISBN: 979-11-961463-0-6

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

2017-09-11

Assistant/Associate Professor in Ecosystem-based Management // 30 October or until filled

The Department of Renewable Resources, in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada, invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant/Associate Professor in Ecosystem-based Management. The successful candidate will be expected to submit an application to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) for an Industrial Research Chair to support this position. The industry funding required for this position has already been confirmed and industrial partners within the forestry sector are committed to working with the successful candidate in the development of the research program for an NSERC Industrial Research Chair. We seek candidates with a well-established record of applied research in EBM aimed at ensuring long-term sustainability of a diversity of forest values while supporting a healthy forest industry. In particular, we seek an individual interested in conducting research relevant to forest types common to Alberta and focusing on: (a) linking finer- (stand-) scale and coarser- (landscape-) scale approaches to implementation of EBM; (b) field-based studies documenting response to and recovery following EBM practices. The candidate should be broad-thinking and have a demonstrated interest in how forest ecosystems are affected by natural and anthropogenic disturbances and how this knowledge can be applied to the sustainable management of forest resource ecosystems and landscapes. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a program of independent research and graduate student education, including a balanced portfolio of 'pure' and 'applied' research.

Organization: Department of Renewable Resources, Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta
Duty Station: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Application deadline: Screening of applications begins October 30, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled
Details: www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A108233640/     

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

2017-07-13

4th European Forest Week

First celebrated in 2008, the European Forest Week provides a unique opportunity to increase the forest sector's visibility and to influence pan-European and global discussions related to forests. The week is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with the Ministry of Environment of Poland. The city of Warsaw will host the 2017 European Forest Week, which will be held in conjunction with Las2017 ('las' means 'forest' in Polish), the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee of Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC). National and local activities held during this week in participating countries will raise awareness on forests, our common good, through contests, exhibitions, talks and videos.

Organizer: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Ministry of Environment of Poland
Date: 9-13 October 2017
Location: Warsaw, Poland

Details: http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/european-forest-week/en/ 

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2017-09-11

Third Bark and Ambrosia Beetle Academy

Are you a researcher or a student interested in bark and ambrosia beetles? Are you a government insect identifier or a forest manager? Do you need to know more about bark and ambrosia beetle identification, ecology, or damage with emphasis on invasive species? Learn from international experts through hands-on labs, field demonstration, lectures, and socializing. NEW this year: everyone can take home a unique Reference Collection of the world’s most invasive bark and ambrosia beetles. Register as soon as possible! In 2014 and 2016 the Academy filled up within two months of the announcement.

Date: 7-11 May 2018
Location: Gainesville, FL, USA
Organizers: Forest Entomology Lab at the University of Florida

Registration: now open!

Details at: http://www.ambrosiasymbiosis.org/academy/              

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2017-06-28

UBC Faculty of Forestry’s Future Forests Fellowship

As one of the world's top forestry schools, the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia is giving away the largest single grant (up to $280,000) for a forestry student. The fellowship recipient will enroll in UBC Forestry's PhD program and conduct research focused in British Columbia in one of the following areas: Forest Products Biotechnology - Bioenergy - Forest Genomics - Climate Change - Urban Forestry - Forest Management - Conservation - Forested Landscapes - Salmon Ecology - Forest Health - Forests and Indigenous Peoples - Forests and Human Health. Applicants must intend to undertake doctoral research in one of the following areas of excellence for the Faculty of Forestry. The research must be conducted, at least in part, in British Columbia, and should result in an outcome which has practical application in BC.

Institution: Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)

Application Timeline
Opening Date: The FFF application and list of supporting documents required will be made available starting August 1, 2017. In order to be considered for the Fellowship, a complete PhD program application (September 2018 intake) must also be submitted.
Closing Deadline: The FFF and PhD applications, plus all required supporting documentation, must be submitted by 4pm PST, Friday, November 24, 2017. The award recipient announcement will be made in January 2018.

Details: http://future.forestry.ubc.ca/clkg/http/forestry.sites.olt.ubc.ca/files/2017/04/FFL-Guidelines-.pdf

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

2017-09-08

Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2017 - Deadline extended to 30 September

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) is awarding one extraordinary individual for improving our forests and the lives of people who depend on them! The CPF launched the first Wangari Maathai Award in 2012 to honour and commemorate the impact of this extraordinary woman who championed forest issues around the world. In 2017, the CPF will award another individual for her/his outstanding achievements for forests. The awardee will receive a cash prize of USD20,000 along with international recognition of the outstanding contributions to preserve, restore and sustainably manage forests and to raise awareness of the key role forests play in supporting local communities, rural livelihoods, women and the environment. The Wangari Maathai Award was created by CBD, CIFOR, FAO, GEF, ICRAF, ITTO, IUCN, IUFRO, UNCCD, UNDP, UNEP, UNFCCC, UNFF and World Bank, all members of the CPF. Nominations will be reviewed by an international jury of renowned personalities, who will also take into consideration such elements as empowering women, youth and civil society, fostering social commitment, promoting networks and improving the valuation of forests in society.

Submit nomination by: 30 September 2017

Details at: http://www.cpfweb.org/77034/en/