IUFRO Announcements



March 11, 2021, was the 10-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and on April 14, a webinar titled “Forests in Fukushima and Chernobyl -people, wildlife, and landscape-” was held. It was jointly organized by the two Working Parties of the IUFRO: 8.04.07, radioactive contamination of forest ecosystems, and 8.01.02, landscape ecology. In Issue No. 130, Toshiya Matsuura briefly introduces the recent activities of WP 8.01.02, and Shoji Hashimoto, who was the moderator, overviews the webinar. (The annual report of IUFRO-J activities is included in this issue.)

The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee, an organization launched in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research; it cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.

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A big forest family, a stronger family

There is no healthy forest without biodiversity, and the other way around. Forests are home to 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Biodiversity ranges from the smallest organisms, invisible to the human eye, such as fungi and bacteria, to the largest mammals and plants. But beyond the beauty of these ecosystems, what is their role in maintaining our well-being? Stefanie Linser provides some answers in an interview which is part of an interview series conducted by Forest Europe.



Occasional Paper No. 34 - Governance of Forest Landscape Restoration: Analyses of Governance Issues in Cases from Ghana and India

This report highlights important differences in political, legal, and institutional environments, and the need to recognise opportunities and limitations in the local context when restoring land.

Forest landscape restoration is widely recognised as a continuous process that requires considerable time to lead to visible results that impact people’s livelihoods and well-being. This report aims at increasing the understanding of governance in the context of restoration projects in two very different contexts, in India and Ghana, and thus shedding light on the role of governance and institutions in shaping restoration efforts and their outcomes and impacts.

Adequate data and research play an important role in shaping participatory social processes supporting forest landscape restoration; therefore, the present study has been implemented as a follow-up to an IUFRO-led comprehensive analysis in 2019 of the progress made in forest landscape restoration implementation in 17 different landscapes in nine selected countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Case studies in the Bono region of Ghana and in Gajwel and Mulugu Mandalas of Telangana, India that were part of the 2019 work have been further analysed with specific focus on forest landscape restoration-related governance issues.

The study, coordinated by IUFRO’s Special Programme for Development of Capacities (IUFRO-SPDC), was implemented by scientists of Ghana and India in close collaboration with the IUFRO Special Project World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO-WFSE). The cooperation combined local expertise and research data from Ghana and India with governance experiences related to forest landscape restoration from other organizations, countries and regions. The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) funded the study.

Key messages distilled from the results may be helpful for guiding forest landscape restoration work in similar circumstances elsewhere.

Lead Authors
Ernest Foli, Promode Kant, Pia Katila, Wil de Jong and Michael Kleine

Contributing Authors
Kwame A. Oduro, Elizabeth A. Obeng, Reginald T. Guuroh,  Lokesh Jayaswal, Parupati Venkatram Reddy and Badugu Saidulu

Published in December 2021 as
IUFRO Occasional Paper 34
ISSN 1024-414X
ISBN: 978-3-903345-12-6

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Forest Governance: Hydra or Chloris?

Many forest-related problems are considered relevant today. One might think of deforestation, illegal logging and biodiversity loss. Yet, many governance initiatives have been initiated to work on their solutions. This publication takes stock of these issues and initiatives by analysing different forest governance modes, shifts and norms, and by studying five cases (forest sector governance, forest legality, forest certification, forest conservation, participatory forest management). Special focus is on performance: are the many forest governance initiatives able to change established practices of forest decline (Chloris worldview) or are they doomed to fail (Hydra worldview)? The answer will be both, depending on geographies and local conditions. The analyses are guided by discursive institutionalism and philosophical pragmatism.

Author:  Bas Arts, Wageningen University & Research - Radboud University Nijmegen

Position Announcements


Assistant Professor in Forest Entomology // 11 February 2022 or until filled

Ohio State Entomology invites applications with a strong focus on the impacts of climate change, urbanization, species invasion and/or other disturbances as they relate to arthropod populations in forested ecosystems. This is a nine-month tenure track faculty position with a 70% research and 30% teaching appointment. The department seeks an individual that complements existing expertise in ecology, behavior, and population genetics. Ohio’s landscape includes large tracts of urban and suburban development, and individuals with expertise in urban forest ecology and woody plant pest management are strongly encouraged to apply. The ability to work collaboratively with faculty across multiple academic departments and colleges at the university is required.

Institutions:  Department of Entomology, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University
Duty station:  CFAES campus in Wooster, Ohio, USA
Closing date:  11 February 2022 (Initial consideration will be given to applications received by February 11, 2022. Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled.)


IUFRO Meetings

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Other Meetings/Events


28th Annual International Society of Tropical Foresters Conference "Rethinking Restoration and Recovery: Landscapes of the Past, Present, and Future in the Tropics"

The UN has declared the next ten years as the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, an urgent call to action to curb and reverse ecosystem degradation. To achieve this goal, restoration efforts need to be scaled up; yet successful long-lasting restoration often depends on local factors. These complex local issues of degradation vary hugely across spatial and temporal landscapes. A key question is whether ten years is enough to affect meaningful change. Coinciding with the global pandemic, what insights can we gain from concurrent conversations around the next decade of restoration and recovery from COVID-19? The global pandemic is still a pressing threat to most of the world, including many tropical countries. Throughout this crisis, forests have functioned as a safety net for forest peoples and have also seen accelerated rates of deforestation and degradation. The next decade holds numerous challenges and opportunities for reflection and action in tropical forests. It is important to ask ourselves what kind of change are we looking for? ISTF 2022 will facilitate a space for academics, practitioners, activists, policy makers, artists, journalists, and community leaders from all corners of the world to consider these notions of restoration and recovery in the coming decade. The conference will weave together historically, ecologically, and socially relevant perspectives on timescales of threat, degradation, and recovery.

Date: 27 January 2022, 8:30am - 29 January 2022, 3:00pm
Location: online
Organizers: International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF), Yale School of the Environment


University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


2020-21 Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) Learning Exchange Series

The Michigan State University Forest Carbon and Climate Program (MSU FCCP) is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Forest-Climate Working Group (FCWG) Learning Exchange Series. This year’s lineup includes a variety of speakers on topics such as land management, restoration, business perspectives, and carbon in contexts like agriculture and urban forests.

Date: 7 October 2020  / 4 November / 2 December 2020 / 6 January 2021 / 3 February / 3 March / 7 April / 5 May / 2 June 2021; 3:00-4:00 pm EST
Venue: online
Organizers: Michigan State Forest Carbon and Climate Program, Forest-Climate Working Group, Michigan State University


Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship

Bioversity International established the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa  to honour the memory and celebrate the work of Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scientist from a university or national research institute in sub-Saharan Africa, with support from the CGIAR Research Program for Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. For more information, please visit:

Fellowship Programs


Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship

Bioversity International established the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa  to honour the memory and celebrate the work of Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scientist from a university or national research institute in sub-Saharan Africa, with support from the CGIAR Research Program for Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. For more information, please visit:


IUFRO Awards

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Non-IUFRO Awards


Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact // 21 March 2021

Science is critical in solving global challenges. In 2021 Springer Nature invites applications from early career researchers working in these areas:

  • Food security, water security and/or energy security – ensuring a long term, sustainable supply of either food, water or energy.
  • Healthcare interventions – the assessment, improvement or promotion of human health.
  • Environmental protection – protection of the natural environment on land and water including the repair of damage.
  • Climate change – slowing climate change and adapting to what’s unavoidable.
  • Sustainable cities – building green, liveable cities that last.

Organization: Nature Portfolio
Submit nomination by: 21 March 2021