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More than 50 members of the IUFRO Enlarged Board from 24 countries met in Vienna, Austria, for the 50th IUFRO Board Meeting. The one-day business meeting was followed by a two-day scientific seminar to discuss how the six key research goals of IUFRO could be attained. Among other things, the Board appointed IUFRO-SPDC Coordinator Michael Kleine as new Deputy Executive Director and welcomed Jan Heino as IUFRO's new Development Officer. This issue also reports about a recent workshop on COST Action 639:"Greenhouse Gas Budgets of Soils under Changing Climate and Land Use", and includes a Call for Bids for hosting the IUFRO World Congress in 2019.
An evidence-based report, 'Benefits of Urban Parks: A systematic review', offers a comprehensive and critical assessment that evaluates the evidence supporting a series of park benefits.
The World Teak Conference in Bangkok, the Morioka 2013 symposium on the role of the forest sector in a green economy, and IUFRO's activities at UNFF10 in Turkey are among the highlights of this issue.
The UN General Assembly has designated 21 March as the International Day of Forests. IUFRO celebrated the 1st IDF with the opening of its new offices in the building of the Austrian Ministry of Life.
Persons involved in peatland management can benefit from a new book entitled Peatland Ecology and Forestry – a Sound Approach that gathers an impressive array of research from various countries.
The official announcement of the XXIV IUFRO World Congress in October 2014 in Salt Lake City has just been published – think about making plans to attend! And celebrate the Int'l Day of Forests on 21...