IUFRO-Japan News No. 129
Issue No. 129 features forest education. Check articles by Alexander Buck, the Executive Director of IUFRO, and by Mariko Inoue, a finalist in the Global Competition on Best Practices in Forest Education. A third stimulating article reports on the smart increment borer (SmartborerTM, PAT. P.), sharing the author’s experience of realizing his research concept and actually developing the product.
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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United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, The UN Decade is building a strong, broad-based global movement to ramp up restoration and put the world on track for a sustainable future. That will include building political momentum for restoration as well as thousands of initiatives on the ground. Through communications, events and a dedicated web platform, the UN Decade will provide a hub for everyone interested in restoration to find projects, partners, funding and the knowledge they need to make their restoration efforts a success.
Find out how you can take part in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration: https://www.decadeonrestoration.org/
Annual Report 2020
Read how IUFRO, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, including the need to scale back in-person meetings and other networking activities, maintained and in some ways even enhanced collaboration in forest science.
During its first-ever virtual meeting in September, the IUFRO Board finalized a post-2020 Strategy, a comprehensive Strategy Action Plan and a Strategic Communications Plan for 2020-2024. These initiatives represent important steps to enhance research excellence in forest science worldwide, to improve communications and embrace diversity within our network, and to increase IUFRO's visibility, outreach and education activities.
Among the year's most significant publications, a multi-disciplinary global assessment report, entitled "Forests, Trees and the Eradication of Poverty: Potential and Limitations", was a major accomplishment for IUFRO's Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Programme. Similarly, IUFRO's Special Programme for Development of Capacities (IUFRO-SPDC) quickly modified and successfully implemented its ambitious schedule of networking activities in a virtual environment, including training and knowledge sharing workshops on forest landscape restoration, and systematic evidence evaluation.
Expanding the use of hybrid and virtual meeting formats and other creative online networking activities in 2020 and beyond will further enhance our flexibility and expand involvement in our activities of a larger and more diverse group of scientists and stakeholders, while reducing our collective "carbon footprint" associated with international travel to attend in-person events.
Call for Submissions: Long-Term Productivity and Landscape Processes of Mixed Conifer Forests
Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Forests.
Mixed conifer forests are found throughout the temperate zones on a variety of landscapes in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Like most mixed species forests, mixed conifer forests exist because different species coexist in a temporal or spatial pattern. Particularly in mountainous regions, mixed conifer forests are highly heterogeneous and can vary over a short distance. Mixed species assemblages can be either seral or stable, developing under patterns of one or more disturbances or developing under a fairly specific edaphic and climatic regime. Depending on the severity of expected anthropogenic climate change effects, these assemblages may face novel conditions that upset the competitive balances that historically existed. This Special Issue will present research and operational monitoring results at scales ranging from the level of individual tree group or stand up to landscape processes. We welcome studies on (1) basic physiology and stand dynamics and (2) operational treatments and impacts that provide evidence of influences on forest resiliency and productivity.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 December 2021
Guest editors: Warren Keith Moser, Rocky Mountain Research Station, US Forest Service
Forest Entomologist // deadline not indicated
The Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research is looking for a forest entomologist to work on forest insect diagnostics, stakeholder advice, and research. The candidate should have PhD in a relevant field and be fluent in German and/or French as well as English.
Institution: Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL
Duty station: Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Start of work: July 2021
Contact: Valentin Queloz, valentin.queloz(at)wsl.ch
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First EVOLTREE Conference 2021: Genomics and Adaptation in Forest Ecosystems
The first EVOLTREE Conference focuses on the genomics of trees and interacting species from evolutionary, demographic, and ecological perspectives. EVOLTREE is a European network of institutions engaged in studying the evolution and functioning of forest ecosystems, in particular trees as the foundation species in forest stands. A prime topic in the face of ongoing climate change is to elucidate how trees, together with their associated organisms such as mycorrhizal fungi, respond to rapid environmental changes. Contributions are welcome that apply innovative approaches and consider the relevance of their research in the context of biodiversity conservation through natural dynamics or silvicultural interference.
Date: 14-17 September 2021
Location: Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Organizers: EVOLTREE, hosted by WSL Birmensdorf (Switzerland)
Master of Science in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany // 31 May or 15 July 2021
You are invited to apply to the 2021 MSc Course in TROPICAL FORESTRY. The course is taught in English at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. The Master course qualifies future decision-makers and change agents to develop sustainable forest management strategies and implement development-relevant interventions in rural and peri-urban areas. The studies provide expert knowledge to handle manifold human-forest interactions and sustainable development issues. Its international orientation and socio-economic focus make this program unique in Europe. You will profit from the multidisciplinary international experience of TUD’s research scientists and lecturers. Today, over 300 graduates from our program work in private and public sectors all over the Tropics.
Date: 1 October 2021
Duration: 24 months
Venue: Dresden, Germany
Organizers: Technische Universität Dresden
1 April - 31 May (international applicants, from outside the EU)
1 April - 15 July (applicants from the EU)
DAAD Scholarships available for the 2021 MSc Course in Tropical Forestry at TU Dresden, Germany
You are invited to attend the MSc Course in Tropical Forestry for which there are DAAD scholarships. The course is taught in English at Technische Universitaet Dresden (TUD), one of the 11 German Universities of Excellence. Over many decades, the international orientation and socioeconomic focus have made this 2-year MSc course unique in Europe. You will benefit from the multidisciplinary international experience of our research scientists and lecturers who will also supervise your field research in the tropics. The Master course qualifies future decision-makers and change agents to develop sustainable forest management strategies and implement development-relevant interventions in rural and peri-urban areas. The studies provide expert knowledge to handle manifold human-forest interactions and sustainable development issues. In addition to socioeconomic, management and general aspects of tropical forestry, the course includes specific topics of climate change related carbon forestry, agroforestry and land use change. Excellent Master Students have later the chance to join our PhD program. Presently, over 300 graduates from our courses are working in tropical countries and international organizations, many of them in top positions. Another benefit: As public university TUD exempts students from tuition fees!
Date of MSc course: 1 June 2021 - 30 September 2023
Institution: Chair of Tropical Forestry, Technische Universität Dresden
Duty station: Dresden, Germany
Closing date: 31 October 2020 for the intake October 2021.
However, if you have own funding and don’t need a DAAD scholarship, you can start studying in the same year by submitting your application
- until 31 May 2021 (applicants from outside EU), or
- until 15 July 2021 (applicants from EU).
To apply or to get more information write to: tropentutor(at)mailbox.tu-dresden.de
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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Call for Nominations - Equator Prize 2021
The Equator Initiative is a United Nations-led partnership that brings together governments, civil society, grassroots organizations, and businesses to foster resilient communities by recognizing and advancing local nature-based solutions for sustainable development. The Equator Initiative creates opportunities and platforms to share knowledge and good practices, develops capacities of local communities and Indigenous peoples, informs policy through convening multi-stakeholder dialogues, and fosters enabling environments to replicate and scale up community action. The Equator Prize 2021 will be awarded to outstanding local community and Indigenous peoples initiatives that advance innovative nature-based solutions for sustainable development. The winners will join a prestigious network of 255 leading community-based organizations from 83 countries that have been awarded the Equator Prize since 2002. Each Equator Prize winner will receive USD 10,000 and will be supported to participate in a series of policy dialogues and special events in the fall of 2021.
Equator Prize 2021 theme: Solving our Planetary Crisis.