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IUFRO Announcements

2018-05-18

IUFRO-Japan News No. 123

IUFRO-Japan News No. 123 reports, among other, in detail about the IUFRO-IFSA Mentoring Programme during the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg and about the Joint Regional Meeting of IUFRO RG3.03.00 and RG3.06.00 in Asia: Productivity and Safety of Final Cutting on Mountain Forests which was held Matsuyama and Kochi, Japan, in 2017.

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, which cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.

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Other Announcements

General

2018-04-17

World Wood Day 2019

World Wood Day is a cultural event celebrated annually on March 21st, same day as the International Day of Forests, to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and to raise awareness on the key role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation. This unique celebration reminds us all the importance and true value of wood and its responsible uses. In 2019, it will be held in Graz and Stübing, Austria.

Details: World Wood Day 2019 Brochure      

UNECE

2014-08-20

Interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe (UNECE, FAO)

New interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe at w3.unece.org/pxweb/Dialog/.

UNEP

2015-07-20

Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health. A State of Knowledge Review

A new UNEP/CBD/WHO publication shows how the planet's capacity to sustain a healthy future is jeopardized.


The last 50 years have seen unprecedented improvements in human health, as measured by most conventional metrics. This human flourishing has, however, been at the cost of extensive degradation to the Earth’s ecological and biogeochemical systems. The impacts of transformations to these systems; including accelerating climatic disruption, land degradation, growing water scarcity, fisheries degradation, pollution, and biodiversity loss; have already begun to negatively impact human health. Left unchecked these changes threaten to reverse the global health gains of the last several decades and will likely become the dominant threat to health over the next century.

FAO

2014-11-04

Implementing the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

New publication by FAO. Download from: http://bit.ly/1hcLTCy

CBD

2015-07-20

Connecting Global Priorities: Biodiversity and Human Health. A State of Knowledge Review

A new UNEP/CBD/WHO publication shows how the planet's capacity to sustain a healthy future is jeopardized.


The last 50 years have seen unprecedented improvements in human health, as measured by most conventional metrics. This human flourishing has, however, been at the cost of extensive degradation to the Earth’s ecological and biogeochemical systems. The impacts of transformations to these systems; including accelerating climatic disruption, land degradation, growing water scarcity, fisheries degradation, pollution, and biodiversity loss; have already begun to negatively impact human health. Left unchecked these changes threaten to reverse the global health gains of the last several decades and will likely become the dominant threat to health over the next century.

Publications

2018-06-07

Annual Report 2017

An electronic version of the full 2017 IUFRO Annual Report is now available. A short summary of 2017 Highlights was already published earlier on.


By far the most important highlight of 2017 for IUFRO was the celebration of our 125th anniversary. And the high point of a suite of celebratory events was an extraordinary and inspiring Anniversary Congress in Freiburg, Germany, https://www.iufro.org/events/anniversary-congress/

IUFRO participates actively in major forest-related policy processes. In 2017, for example, IUFRO was again well represented at the 12th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in New York, and at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) in Bonn, Germany.
https://www.iufro.org/events/other-major-events/iufro-at-unff12/
https://www.iufro.org/events/other-major-events/glf-2017/

One of IUFRO's key interests and objectives during the current Board Term is to better understand and promote education in forestry. IUFRO made considerable progress towards this objective in 2017 and was very successful at further intensifying the collaboration with students and early career scientists.

The outlook chapter of the Annual Report focuses on the role of communication and discusses how and to what extent the global forest science community can respond to the opportunities – and challenges – presented by new communication trends and technologies.


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Non-IUFRO Publications

2018-02-22

Die Geschichte der Forstwissenschaft – eine Geschichte der Hoffnung

Translated from the English-language book "Science and Hope: A Forest History", this book tells - in German language - the story of the hopeful science and trusting art of forestry. It is a story about the hopes of foresters and other scientists to understand the forests more deeply, and about their unspoken trust that their knowledge could ensure an enduring sylvan future. Much has been written on the origins and development of modern forestry in various countries, and on the people and institutions involved, but there is little in the forest history literature that explains what the science actually is. Forest knowledge has an ancient history documented since classical times and applied within the intricate social and legal systems of medieval Europe. This volume is concerned with the modern form of forest science, founded in Europe early in the nineteenth century, when regimes for managing the forests, that could be traced to the ancient world and had flourished in the Middle Ages, were disrupted and new ways had to be found.

Authors: John Dargavel, Elisabeth Johann | ISBN: 9783945941355 | 334 pages.

Details at: http://www.forstbuch.de/, http://www.forstbuch.de/ScienceAndHopeLeseprobe.pdf

Position Announcements

2018-06-18

Research Associate // 19 July 2018

The Department of Forest Resources Management, UBC-Vancouver Campus seeks a Research Associate to conduct an analysis of the state of BC’s and Canada’s forestry in comparison to selected jurisdictions from amongst the Montreal Process signatory countries. The objective of the study is to assess how British Columbia’s and Canada’s forests compare on several key parameters of Sustainable Forest Management that are important globally. The research will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. John Innes, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry. The appointment will initially be for one year, with options for renewal subject to funding sources effective August 1, 2018.

Institution: Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)       
Duty station: Vancouver, BC, Canada  
Closing date: 19 July 2018

Details: http://frm.forestry.ubc.ca/people/career-opportunities/  

IUFRO Meetings

2015-02-23

IUFRO All-Division 2 Conference

Date: 17-24 June 2018
Organizers: IUFRO Division 2 - Physiology and Genetics
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

Other Meetings/Events

2018-06-12

Restoration in Africa: Prospects and Opportunities. A Global Landscapes Forum event

With approximately 50 million hectares of land afflicted by degradation, Africa faces perhaps the toughest ecological test of any continent: widespread deforestation and land degradation but with the fewest resources to combat them. But necessity is the mother of invention and the people of Africa are responding to the challenge at every level of society through new methods of cooperation, adaptation and innovation. The GLF regional conference "Landscape Restoration in Africa: Prospects and Opportunities" will seek to maximise the dialogue that has already achieved such success. Through the prism of rights, finance, food and livelihoods and measuring progress, the conference will focus attention on to areas with the greatest potential for deliverable results. The event will amplify the political momentum that has already amassed behind landscape restoration and drive forward regional cooperation. Rooted in cutting-edge environmental science, the event will spark a grassroots movement across Africa, designed to achieve dynamic, inclusive and sustainable development across the continent.

Organizers: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) 
Date: 29-30 August 2018
Location: United Nations Office, Nairobi, Kenya

Details: http://events.globallandscapesforum.org/nairobi-2018/concept-note/    

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2018-06-12

International Masters' Programme "Ecosystem Services", International Institute (IHI) Zittau, TU Dresden, Germany

The programme is devoted to understanding the causes of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation as well as to analysing their impacts on ecosystem functioning and human well-being in an interdisciplinary manner. Students are provided with the knowledge base and methods to analyse pressing environmental problems and to develop societally relevant solutions. A special focus lies on inter- and transdisciplinary approaches from the natural and the social sciences.

Organizers: International Institute (IHI) Zittau, Technical University Dresden, Germany

Application deadlines:
For non-EU citizens:  1 April – 15 July 2018
For German and EU citizens: 1 June – 15 Sept. 2018

Details at: https://tu-dresden.de/studium/vor-dem-studium/studienangebot/sins/sins_studiengang?autoid=28273&set_language=en         

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2017-06-20

WFI International Fellowship Program

The award-winning WFI Fellowship program brings professionals in natural resources to conduct a practical research project at the World Forestry Center. In addition to projects, Fellows participate in weekly field trips, interviews and site visits to Northwest forestry organizations, research labs, universities, public and private timberlands, trade associations, mills, and corporations. The Fellowship is a unique opportunity to learn about sustainable forestry from the Pacific Northwest forestry sector, and to work with colleagues from around the world. Fellowships are open to any country, including U.S. citizens. The Fellowship program offers partial scholarships through the Harry A. Merlo Foundation, but all applicants must be able to cover at least 50% of the program fee. Over 100 Fellows from 30 countries have participated to date. The term is 6 to 12 months, applications are accepted year-round.

Institution: World Forestry Center (WFI)
Submit application for term 2 April – 2 October 2018 between: 1 July – 15 October 2017

Details: http://wfi.worldforestry.org/index/international-fellowship.html     

Fellowship Programs

2014-09-04

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/.

Awards

IUFRO Awards

2018-06-06

Congress-related IUFRO Awards - Call for Nominations

The XXV IUFRO World Congress to be held from 29 September to 5 October 2019 in Curitiba, Brazil, provides an opportunity to honour outstanding scientific achievements and contributions to forestry with a range of IUFRO Awards. The IUFRO Honours and Awards Committee invites nominations of suitable candidates for the various categories of awards as listed below. The deadline for submission of nominations will be 31st August 2018.

Scientific Achievement Award (SAA) - More info
Outstanding Doctoral Research Award (ODRA) - More info
IUFRO Student Award for Excellence in Forest Sciences (ISA) - More info

Furthermore, the Congress will also offer:
Best Poster Award (BPA) - More info
IUFRO World Congress Host Scientific Award - More info

Special Issue IUFRO News (8/2014): Scientific Awards - IUFRO World Congress 2014

Non-IUFRO Awards

2016-10-08

Marcus Wallenberg Prize

The purpose of the Prize is to recognize, encourage and stimulate pathbreaking scientific achievements which contribute significantly to broadening knowledge and to technical development within the fields of importance to forestry and forest industries.

Details: http://mwp.org/