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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
The meeting of the IUFRO Task Force on International Forest Governance in February in Singapore was the first of three "founding" meetings that brought together key forest governance experts with global, national and local foci, along with practitioners from Indonesia, Singapore, and Thailand. Practitioners illustrated real-world problems while the academic participants worked to suggest potential training and capacity development solutions. Practitioners highlighted major issues including land tenure, how to support 'best practices', and the trials of changing waves of popular initiatives (e.g. REDD). Two major themes emerged with respect to gaps in policy learning: assessment of needs and assessment of effectiveness.
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By Benjamin Cashore (IUFRO Task Force Coordinator), Devin Judge-Lord (masters research assistant) and Michael Stone (doctoral student and forest policy governance coordinator), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, USA
The World Teak Conference 2013 "Sharing our Planet: Teak Model Development towards the Improvement of Mankind” in Thailand examined the multiple aspects of teak cultivation and management.
Participants at the symposium "MORIOKA 2013: Global Forest Products Marketing and Forest Certification in a Green Economy" discussed strategies and challenges of the forest sector in a green economy.
IUFRO celebrated the first International Day of Forests on 21 March with an official opening of its new offices located in the building of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Life.
United Nations, Observing First International Day of Forests, Celebrates Their Vital, Life-sustaining Role: UN Press Release
2013 is a special year for forests, with many activities and initiatives underway to recognize and strengthen the important role forests play in our lives.