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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
The mission of the Special Programme for Development of Capacities (in short IUFRO-SPDC, formerly "Special Programme for Developing Countries) is "to expand and foster forest research capacity in developing and economically disadvantaged countries".
According to the programme's strategy the IUFRO-SPDC activities cover the following five priority areas:
IUFRO-SPDC Pre-Congress Training Workshops
in connection with the XXIV IUFRO World Congress 2014
29 September-3 October 2014 in Snowbird, Utah, USA
Venue: Snowbird Resort (around 40 km out of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)
The Special Programme for Development of Capacities (IUFRO-SPDC) of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) has a long history of organising Training Workshops on pertinent subjects relevant to forest scientists from developing countries in conjunction with large IUFRO conferences and congresses. The IUFRO World Congress 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America constitutes another ideal opportunity for providing training to selected participants in special skills regarding knowledge generation and science communication.
In designing its capacity building programmes IUFRO-SPDC makes use of IUFRO’s global network of forest institutions of research and higher education by bringing together state-of-the-art scientific knowledge, expertise and resource persons available in virtually all regions of the world. In this way, IUFRO-SPDC training workshops offer great opportunities to individual scientists for exchanging knowledge, learning from each other and thus expanding research capacity and forest science cooperation.
IUFRO-SPDC in collaboration with the Renewable Natural Resources Research and Development Center Yusipang of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Royal Government of Bhutan, and the University of Natural Resources and Life Science (BOKU), Vienna, Austria organised a three-day training workshop on “Working Effectively at the Interface of Forest Science and Forest Policy”.
The workshop was implemented within the framework of the Bhutan-Austria Project on “Climate change adaptation potentials of forests in Bhutan – Building human capacities and knowledge base (BC-CAP).” The three-day training event aimed at providing concepts and methods to researchers on how to plan, conduct, and organize research activities so that research results can be more quickly and easily transformed into usable information for problem-solving and policy-making. Read more about the workshop content and results ...
El Programa Especial para Países en Desarrollo de IUFRO (IUFRO-SPDC) está celebrando el taller pre-congreso "Comunicando la Ciencia Forestal – Poniendo la Ciencia al Servicio de la Política y el Manejo”para científicos forestales jóvenes con interés en que los resultados de su investigación sean aplicados en las prácticas de manejo forestal. Se celebra el taller en el hotel “Palma Real”, San José, Costa Rica, del 09 al 11 de junio 2013) vinculado al III Congreso Forestal Latinoamericano (del 12 al 15 de junio 2013).
IUFRO-SPDC ha organizado el taller con el apoyo de instructores de formación científica provenientes de Chile y Costa Rica.
Se ha ofrecido la participación en el taller a los particpantes elegidos para el programa el programa de asistencia a científicos (SAP) del Congreso.
EcoAdapt: “Ecosystem-based strategies and innovations in governance networks for adaptation to climate change in Latin American Landscapes”
Project coordinator: CIRAD (France)
Research Partners: CATIE (Costa Rica–CATIE is also Regional Coordinator), SEI (Oxford, UK), The Global Network for Forest Science Cooperation (IUFRO, Austria)
The project was initiated in January 2012 and is financed by the European Union for a period of four years. The project’s overall objective is to develop ecosystem-based strategies of adaption to climate change in three model forests in Latin America: Chiquitano in Bolivia, Jujuy in Argentina, and Araucarias de Alto Malleco in Chile.
2-Year Cooperation between ITTO and IUFRO
Strengthening the capacity of ITTO producer countries in Africa in generating and disseminating scientific information on Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services from Forests (REDDES)
Project Partners: International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), International Union of Forest Research Institutions (IUFRO), Forestry Research Network for Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA), Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD, Cameroon), Forestry Research Institute of Ghana (FORIG, Ghana), Forestry Development Authority (FDA, Liberia), Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN, Nigeria), African Forest Forum (AFF)
Duration: 2012 – 2013 (24 months)
Funding: ITTO; IUFRO through US-Forest Service and Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
This project is about supporting ITTO producer countries in Africa to dealing with the challenges of reducing deforestation and enhancing the rehabilitation of degraded tropical forests. In line with ITTO's objective and Thematic Program on REDDES, the project generates scientific information on specific REDDES pilot areas in Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia and Nigeria, disseminates this information to policy makers and forest practitioners at the national and regional level through science-policy interactions in close cooperation with the African Forest Forum. Regional networking and capacity building is further strengthened by jointly organising a regional forest congress for forest scientists, policy makers and other forest stakeholders, in order to mainstream project results, foster regional cooperation through FORNESSA and AFF, and strengthen the role of ITTO in the African region.
For more information please visit: www.fornis.net
Scientist Assistance Programme &
Pre-Congress Training Workshops (23-24 June, 2012)
Scientist Assistance Programme
The Scientist Assistance Program (SAP) was designed to offer delegates from Sub-Saharan African countries financial assistance (congress registration fee, flight ticket, accommodation and subsistence) to participate in the first IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress. Support packages were offered in relation with the Pre-Congress Training Workshops organised by the IUFRO Special Programme for Developing Countries (IUFRO-SPDC) and Global Forest Information Service (GFIS). In total 82 forest scientists from more than 15 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa attended the congress.
Pre-Congress Training Workshops
As part of IUFRO’s capacity building programme for young and mid-career scientists, IUFRO-SPDC in cooperation with the Kenya Forestry Research Institute organised the following two training workshops prior to the Congress from 23 to 24 June, 2012:
Sector Network Rural Development, Africa
Enhancing Adaptation of Forests and People in Africa
Development of Pilot Cases for Selected Forest Ecosystems in Ghana and Malawi
Prepared by: Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA)
Lead Authors: Ernest Foli and Steve Makungwa
Editor: Michael Kleine
Available for download here.
COMMUNICATING FOREST RESEARCH – MAKING SCIENCE WORK FOR POLICY AND MANAGEMENT
Prior to the 2nd Asia Pacific Forestry Week
Chinese Academy of Forestry, Beijing, 4 and 5 November, 2011
IUFRO-SPDC in close cooperation with the IUFRO Working Party 9.01.02 Communication and Public Relations organised a training workshop on "Communicating forest research – making science work for policy and management" on 4 and 5 November, 2011 in Beijing, China.
Have a look at the workshop report. The Training Workshop was open for early or mid-career scientists from IUFRO or APAFRI member organizations in the Asia Pacific Region.
Taller de capacitación pre-congreso "Trabajando efectivamente en la Interfaz entre la Ciencia y la Política Forestal” y Congreso Latinoaméricano de Derecho Forestal y Ambiental
Colegio de Abogados, San José, Costa Rica
Taller: 24 -25 de octubre 2011
Congreso:26 – 28 de octubre 2011
El Programa Especial para Países en Desarrollo de IUFRO (IUFRO-SPDC) invitó a participar a científicos y asesores políticos al taller pre-congreso "Trabajando efectivamente en la Interfaz entre la Ciencia y la Política Forestal” y en el Congreso Latinoaméricano de Derecho Forestal y Ambiental. IUFRO-SPDC organizó el taller con el apoyo del Grupo de Trabajo de Derecho Forestal y Ambiental Latinoamericano (6.13.01) y con instructores de formación científica y política, provenientes de Chile y Costa Rica.
IUFRO-SPDC, con el apoyo financiero del Gobierno de Finlandia, tuvo a disposición un número limitado de becas para investigadores provenientes de América Latina y el Caribe.
Post-Symposium Training Workshop
WORKING EFFECTIVELY AT THE INTERFACE OF FOREST SCIENCE AND FOREST POLICY
Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana, 13 and 14 February, 2011
IUFRO-SPDC in cooperation with the Punjab Agriculture University organised a training workshop on science-policy interfacing.
This workshop was open for participants of the IUFRO Symposium on “Short Rotation Forestry: Synergies for Wood Production and Environmental Amelioration” and was held at the same venue from 10 to 12 February 2011.
IUFRO-SPDC’s 30th ANNIVERSARY
In 1981 at the IUFRO World Congress (Kyoto, Japan) it was decided to establish the Special Programme for Developing Countries (IUFRO-SPDC). Operational since 1983, IUFRO-SPDC over the past 30 years provided support to the forest science community in economically disadvantaged countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
IUFRO-SPDC Has a New Name:
"Special Programme for Development of Capacities".
Global economic development over the past decades has brought significant changes. The world of today can no longer be rigidly divided into rich and poor countries. With the EU expanding into Eastern Europe, many countries in that region do not qualify for SPDC support anymore. Likewise, many previously developing countries have become emerging economies. Still, their forest research often remains under-resourced .
As a consequence the term "developing countries" has ceased to sufficiently describe our target audience and the name of SPDC has thus been changed from "Special Programme for Developing Countries" to "Special Programme for Development of Capacities", leaving its well-known acronym – SPDC – the same.
The new name has been launched at IUFROLAT 2013 and should be fully established throughout the IUFRO network at the IUFRO World Congress 2014.