Current Activities and Projects


Given the considerable current political momentum and commitment towards Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) by global and national policy makers, there is a need to discuss and to further develop approaches and mechanisms of FLR implementation on the ground.

IUFRO is taking part by organizing international knowledge-sharing workshops in Rwanda (July 2016) and El Salvador (September 2016) with the aim of bringing together leading FLR experts to meet and to exchange latest knowledge and experiences with initiating and facilitating FLR projects. These workshops take place based on funding support by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).

The topics to be discussed will cover a wide spectrum of issues ranging from participatory planning, landscape governance, institutional arrangements and regulatory frameworks, to market mechanisms, funding, and technical aspects of FLR operations on the ground.

Overall, these workshops should help participants to make connections to other FLR experts in their regions and further stimulate exchange of information and experiences, thus contributing to mainstreaming FLR practices, and to feedback into the Bonn challenge regional and sub- regional policy dialogues.

Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Central and West Africa - REDDES 

In many African countries there is a strong connection between forest degradation and the inability by decision-makers and society at large to access existing scientific knowledge and innovations that could aid in reversing the numerable negative effects of forest degradation. In an attempt to address this issue, IUFRO and its partner institutions in the four African countries of Cameroon, Ghana, Liberia, and Nigeria, supported by ITTO, through the REDDES program (Reducing deforestation and forest degradation and enhancing environmental services from forests), established a project to propagate and disseminate forest-related scientific information. The goal of the project was to support efforts to reduce deforestation and forest degradation through the enhancement of socio-economic sustainability and community well-being in forest-dependent areas of West- and Central Africa. More ...

IUFRO-SPDC Precongress 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)

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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.
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