IUFRO Research Letters


Forests are critical to the future welfare of the world's population. They play an important role in sustainable development and poverty alleviation. Forests provide health benefits for humans, and...


Efforts to address global deforestation and forest degradation first gained international prominence in the 1980s, which led to an array of global initiatives including the signature of the...


More than one in six people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water and approximately 80 percent of the global population is living in areas where water resources are insecure. Forest...


Forests provide a wide range of ecosystem goods and services beneficial to human life, both in urbanized and rural areas. These include food and herbs, pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals1, as well as...


Forests are essential for human well-being as they provide a broad range of goods and services which contribute to the livelihoods of around 1.6 billion people worldwide. Forests also provide several...

IUFRO Spotlights


'Communicating Forest Science' manual now available online: to make it a little easier to communicate forest science findings clearly and understandably to a broader audience.


Fighting global hunger is high on the global political agenda and, evidence indicates that conventional agricultural strategies fall short of eliminating global hunger. A new report is now...


How can we best understand the complex linkages between air pollution and climate change? How can we best understand how forests affect – and are affected by – climate?


A session on American Indian Forestry at the IUFRO World Congress illustrates how tribes have developed a balance among social, economic and environmental issues in terms of their forest management.


New thematic study coordinated by Bioversity International for FAO highlights the breadth and depth of genetic aspects that need to be considered in ecosystem restoration using native tree species.

Scientific Summaries


From 9-11 April 2015, the "International Conference on Coppice Forests: Past Present and Future" took place at Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic. The purpose of the meeting was to assess...


How to build resilient landscapes and learn how climate objectives can be addressed through forest landscape restoration? Learn about a joint project of IUFRO and WRI.


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.


"In the bog" conference addressed key paradigms in peatland research from restoration for landscape and ecosystem functions to the generally neglected histories and heritage in the bogs.


Int'l meeting on genetics of five-needle pines and rusts of forest trees research discussed advances in gene conservation, genomics, rust resistance, impacts of climate change, and more...

IUFRO Series

World Series


The most recent GFEP global assessment report on "Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition" officially launched at UNFF11 in New York, on 6 May 2015.


This publication offers a comprehensive study of the conditions that assist sustainable forest development.


Report on "Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives" and Policy brief is now online. Official launch in Doha on 2 December!


Extended abstracts from the Asia and the Pacific Workshop on Multinational and Transboundary Conservation of Valuable and Endangered Forest Tree Species in Guangzhou, China, 5-7 December 2011.


Last year's symposium in the Philippines provided participants with the opportunity to enhance their capacity of conducting vulnerability assessment of various ecosystems.

Occasional Papers


This Occasional Paper highlights scientific findings of IUFRO Task Forces between 2011 and 2014 through individual Research Letters.


Cover page The Austrian PerspectiveAuthors: Viktor J. Bruckman and Michaela Klinglmüller Citation: Bruckman, V.J. and Klinglmüller, M. (2014): Potentials to Mitigate Climate Change Using Biochar -...


Update: Forest governance scholarship for the real world: Building strategic insights through policy learning - Issues & Options Briefs on Forest Policy


"Desafíos de los bosques amazónicos y oportunidades para el manejo forestal comunitario" in Spanish language has been published as CIAS Discussion Paper 20 & IUFRO Occasional Paper 25.


IUFRO's Occasional Paper 24 looks at the effects that climate change will have on forest-dependent people in Africa. The report was presented at the XXIII IUFRO World Congress.

Research Series


Drawing on a host of international case-studies, this detailed book examines the interactions between forestry and environmental change, from a social, economic and political perspective.


This book investigates the diverse impacts of forest history on forest biodiversity, and in particular forest continuity, fragmentation and past management, on the diversity and distribution of...


This volume reviews current knowledge on hydrological impacts, including flooding and soil erosion, desertification in Mediterranean Europe and Africa, landslides, mangrove forests and hazards along...


This book, produced by expert scientists in world forests, provides a review of what is known about the impact of elevated CO2 and other greenhouse gases on forest ecosystems.


This book reviews current thinking about scientifically based indicators, and sustainable management of natural and plantation forests. The contents have been developed from papers presented at an...



Read about the possible renaissance of coppicing as a forest management system, learn about the chances of the emerging bio-economy for the forest sector, and get updated on upcoming meetings and...


Read messages, including one by the IUFRO President, for the International Day of Forests, observed on 21 March. Learn about latest publications and get updated on future IUFRO meetings and...


Read about IUFRO's contributions to discussions about the International Arrangement on Forests and, learn about the positive effects of urban forests and green space on people's health...


Read about contributions of forest landscape restoration to climate change mitigation and, linkages between natural resources, green technology & sustainable development.


Read about IUFRO events covering a wide range of topics from forests and food security to phytophthora research, somatic embryogenesis, innovations in forest industry, and much more.

Annual Reports


2013 was a remarkable year for IUFRO. Read all about activities and achievements of IUFRO Divisions, Task Forces, Programmes, Projects and Initiatives, and our work at the science/policy interface.


Recall last year's activities of IUFRO and its Units, with a special focus on the pursuit of the IUFRO Strategy goals, and find facts and figures about the organization.


Recall activities of IUFRO and its Units in the International Year of Forests, with a special focus on the pursuit of the IUFRO Strategy goals, and find facts and figures about the organization.


Highlighting the activities in the year of the XXIII IUFRO World Congress...


Highlighting IUFRO's significant forest science activities and interdisciplinary cooperation as well as its initiatives to promote scientific knowledge to international forest policy in 2009...