IUFRO-JAPAN NEWS NO. 131
The topic featured in IUFRO-J NEWS Issue No. 131 is, indeed, the IUFRO World Day! Two related articles on the Event, frankly reporting the authors' impressions of participation appear together, with a short report on tree planting in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Working Party 8.01.02. Additionally, a remote participation report on IUFRO meeting "Biological invasions in forests: trade, ecology and management" introduces us to not only the topics in the meeting but also the merit of hybrid in-person and online conference.
The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee, http://www.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/labs/iufroj/index_Eng.html is an organization launched in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research; it cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.
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Call for nominations of experts to review the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report
The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) is mandated by the United Nations Member States originally in "The Future We Want," the outcome of the 2012 "Rio +20" conference on sustainable development. Within the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the GSDR contributes to the follow‐up and review of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and provides a major input to the High-Level Political Forum. The GSDR aims to strengthen the science‐policy interface and provide evidence‐based guidance on global sustainable development issues and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The GSDR is led by an independent group of scientists (IGS). The IGS, appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, consists of 15 leading experts from the natural and social sciences, representing developed and developing countries. The next report is expected to be released in September 2023.
The International Science Council (ISC) and the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) are looking for experts to review the second-order draft of the 2023 Global Sustainable Development Report.
Deadline for nominating experts: 20 July 2022
IUFRO News Vol. 51, Issue 5, May 2022
The XV World Forestry Congress was hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea in Seoul from 2 to 6 May 2022. Read about many IUFRO activities at the WFC and more…
Under the theme of "Building a green, healthy and resilient future with forests" the World Forestry Congress showcased the essential role of forests in the global sustainable development agenda.
Throughout the Congress IUFRO was highly visible with numerous IUFRO officeholders as prominent speakers, with a series of interesting side events and with a beautiful booth in the exhibition area promoting the IUFRO World Congress 2024 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Congress also offered IUFRO excellent opportunities to meet and discuss current and future cooperation with important partners and organizations.
At the WFC, IUFRO launched its report about the outcomes of more than 10 years of REDD+ implementation at the WFC. This global assessment report, prepared by IUFRO's Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP), showcases the effects of REDD+ implementation on forests, carbon, biodiversity and people. Authors of the report spoke about the current challenges faced and trade-offs in implementing REDD+ and looked to possible pathways for the future.
This issue of IUFRO News also includes a short report about IUFRO's role at 17th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF17). Furthermore, you will find information about a new book describing IUFRO awards and awardees. More reports from IUFRO sessions at the WFC may be published in the June issue of the newsletter.
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CFA Newsletter June 2022
The June 2022 issue of the Commonwealth Forestry Association Newsletter includes a statement by IUFRO President John Parrotta following March's leading article "Response to COP26 and deforestation pledges" by Roger Leakey.
In this statement Dr. Parrotta emphasizes the importance of the role that the forest science community is playing by providing decision makers and spatial planners with the knowledge required to make informed choices about the environmental, social and economic costs, benefits and trade-offs of forest and land management options. Among other things, the newsletter highlights the situation of forestry education in Nigeria, presents a summary of the recent World Forestry Congress in Seoul, informs about forest restoration initiatives and the development of deforestation, and discusses the finding of the "2022 State of the World's Forests" report by FAO.
PhD position in population modelling for endangered species conservation // 21 July 2022
The PhD position takes place within the project Can laws save the natural world? funded by the Swedish Research Council VR, which aims to quantitatively understand how endangered species can benefit from nature conservation laws. The project presents a high level of novelty and will provide important implications for conservation. This position, along with a parallel PhD position in environmental law, is one of the key components of the project. Specifically, we are looking for a highly motivated graduate student who will 1) develop quantitative population models of endangered species to align concepts defined in European species conservation law with measurable ecological counterparts that are applicable across many taxa, 2) develop quantitative analyses to document the effects of legal protection on species trends and 3) analyze patterns of biodiversity-related legal aspects across European countries (such as e.g. court cases). The research will involve different taxa but has a clear emphasis on large carnivores, such as wolves, bears and lynx. The PhD position aims to be interdisciplinary, being both intensive in quantitative modelling and requiring an ability to understand legal concepts and their use by stakeholders.
Institution: Department of Ecology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Duty station: Grimsö, Sweden with a possible agreement to spend time in Uppsala, Sweden
Closing date: 21 July 2022
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Scientific-technical symposium: Assessing forest damage and disturbance in the UNECE region
Changes in forest damage regimes and an increased severeness of disturbances are posing serious challenges to the world’s forests. Damages and disturbances are threatening the supply of ecosystem services and the maintenance of forest health and vitality. The latest scientific findings are implying a global surge of forest damage and disturbance due to climate change-associated impacts and further global megatrends. Sound data and thorough knowledge are an essential prerequisite for evidence-based sustainable forest management to understand the expanse, frequency and severeness of multi-factorial hazard events. Fragmented data and untimely monitoring of forest damage are hampering further scenario analysis and resilience building in the forest sector.
The symposium aims to encourage exchange of ideas, experiences and opinions as well as raise awareness about the importance of assessing of forest damage and disturbance. It will also feature presentations of the preliminary results of a project “Assessment of forest damage reporting in the UNECE region to enhance future harmonized international reporting”, initiated by the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring SFM.
Date: 29-30 September 2022
Registration deadline for in-person participation: 15 July 2022
Registration deadline for virtual participation: 23 September 2022
Location: Vienna, Austria
Organizers: Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section; Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism
Programa de Pos Graduação em Ciências Florestais - Graduate Program in Forest Science - Programa de Posgrado en Ciencias Forestales
O Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Florestais (PPGCF) teve origem em 2013 incluindo os níveis de mestrado acadêmico e doutorado. O programa é subdividido nas seguintes linhas de pesquisa (LPs): Ecologia e Ecofisiologia de Árvores - conservação e recuperação de áreas florestais da Amazônia; 2) Manejo de Ecossistemas de Florestas Nativas e Plantadas - obtenção dos recursos da floresta sem prejudicar sua continuidade; e 3) Tecnologias de Recursos Florestais - desenvolvimento de produtos e geração de bioenergia à partir recursos florestais. O corpo docente reuniu pesquisadores da UFRA e EMBRAPA-Amazônia Oriental considerados referências na conservação aliada ao desenvolvimento da Amazônia Brasileira.
The Graduate Program in Forest Sciences (PPGCF) originated in 2013, including academic master’s and doctoral levels. The program is divided into the following lines of research: Tree Ecology and Ecophysiology - aiming conservation and recovery of forest areas in the Amazon; 2) Management of Native and Planted Forest Ecosystems – seeking forest resources without harming its continuity, and 3) Forest Resource Technologies - product development and bioenergy generation from forest resources. The faculty brought together researchers from (the Federal Rural University of Amazon) UFRA and EMBRAPA (Amazônia Oriental) considered references in the Brazilian Amazon conservation and development.
El Programa de Posgrado en Ciencias Forestales (PPGCF) se originó en 2013 e incluye niveles académicos de maestría y doctorado. El programa se divide en las siguientes líneas de investigación (LP): Ecología y ecofisiología de árboles - conservación y recuperación de áreas forestales en la Amazonía; 2) Manejo de Ecosistemas de Bosques Nativos y Plantados - obtención de recursos forestales sin perjudicar su continuidad; y 3) Tecnologías de recursos forestales: desarrollo de productos y generación de bioenergía a partir de recursos forestales. La facultad reunió a investigadores de la UFRA y de la EMBRAPA-Amazônia Oriental considerados referentes en conservación aliada al desarrollo de la Amazonía brasileña.
Date: Início das aulas no dia 5 de Setembro de 2022, com duração de 24 meses / Start of classes on September 5, 2022, lasting 24 months / Inicio de clases el 5 de septiembre de 2022 con duración de 24 meses
Organizers: Institution: Universidade Federal Rural da Amazônia / Federal Rural University of the Amazon / Universidad Federal Rural de la Amazonia
Application deadlines and important dates to be observed: De 20 Junho até 22 de julho de 2022 / From 20 June to 22 July 2022 / Del 20 de junio al 22 de julio de 2022
Contact information: e-mail: ppgcf(at)ufra.edu.br/; phone: +55 091 98438 3090
Call for proposals: Research projects & Science-practice networks
Velux Stiftung has opened a funding program in forestry and the first call for proposals has been published. Velux Stiftung is a science funding foundation based in Switzerland, supporting research internationally. The program will run for five years (2022-2026) with one call for proposals each year. This year's call is aimed to support research projects and science-practice networks in the field of forestry research addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation, the fostering of biodiversity and optimized resource management
Goals of the forestry program: • Fostering a change of perspective in the use and value of forests and sustainable forest management addressing the pressing issues of climate change and biodiversity loss as well as society’s need for timber. The change of perspective shall be solution-oriented and based on interaction between science and practitioners. • Developing financial innovation and improved framework conditions shall offer leverage to implement sustainable forest management providing forests which can maintain biodiversity, act as a carbon sink and supply forest products.
Thematic focus of the current call: • Trade-offs and synergies of sustainable forest management to develop and provide solutions for mitigating climate change, promoting biodiversity, providing resilient ecosystems services while supplying sustainable timber. • Transformation of theoretical and abstract values of forest products and services into incentives for action and behavioural change.
Institution: Velux Stiftung
Closing date: 19 September 2022, with a final decision on proposals in March 2023
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: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/about-us/opportunities/fellowships/abdou-salam-ouedraogo-fellowship/.
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BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards
The current nomination period concludes at 23:00 GMT on June 30, 2022.
The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize fundamental contributions in a broad array of areas of scientific knowledge, technology, humanities and artistic creation. Ecology and Conservation Biology, and Climate Change are the two most obvious categories for forest scientists. The Climate Change award recognizes both research endeavors in confronting this challenge and impactful actions informed by the best science.
Candidates may be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number, that have made independent or convergent contributions to a given advance, whether due to a formal collaboration (with the nominees belonging to one or more groups) or parallel working. The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge, cultural creation or the fight against climate change.