Annual Report 2020
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.