IUFRO-JAPAN NEWS No. 132
The latest issue of IUFRO-Japan News features Dr. Kazuo Suzuki, former IUFRO Board member, as he received IUFRO's Distinguished Service Award (DSA), provides a report on the 26th APAFRI Executive Committee Meeting and reports about the IUFRO-J Institutional Delegates Meeting 2022.
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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Stories of Transformations to Sustainability
Climate change, environmental degradation and resource pressures have reached unprecedented levels worldwide. Achieving sustainability will depend on rapid and fundamental transformations in the ways we organize our societies and interact with the natural environment.
The Transformations to Sustainability programme funded 15 international research projects between 2016 and 2022 to study how social transformations to sustainability can be supported. The projects worked with communities in diverse places around the world to understand the complex relations between social structures, the material world and environmental and social change. The films present insights from the projects.
Organizers: Transformations to Sustainability programme
Details at: https://stories.council.science/transformations-sustainability/
IUFRO News Vol. 51, Issue 10, November 2022
Read up on recent meetings on forest health, forest management, forest operations, partnership activities etc. Find out what's new at IUFRO HQ and learn about publication projects, positions, upcoming events and more…
From September 6 to 9, 2022, approximately 350 delegates from 41 countries and five continents attended the IUFRO All-Division 7 Conference in Lisbon, Portugal. This was the first joint meeting of the Pathology and Entomology Research Groups since the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress in Freiburg in 2017.
The joint conference of the Council on Forest Engineering (COFE), Symposium on Forest Mechanization (FORMEC) and IUFRO Division 3 was kindly hosted by Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, U.S.A., on October 4-7, 2022. The focus of the meeting was on building a strong community of forest engineering across continents and sectors.
The international IUFRO conference "Fir and pine management in a changing environment: risks and opportunities" was organized in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on 19-22 September 2022 with the aim of reviewing past experiences and improving the management of fir and pine in a changing environment.
The IUFRO-Mondi Partnership held its 2nd Think Tank Meeting in Vienna, Austria, on 3 November 2022. More than 20 participants representing science, forest industry and policy followed the invitation to identify, discuss and articulate appropriate response measures at various levels.
IUFRO HQ is happy to announce that our communications team has grown. Jose Bolaños joined in September and said, "It seems that communications + networking + forest science has branched out of me. Pun intended. And then when I saw the opportunity to join IUFRO, it was no surprise that I was eager to apply. Keep tuned!"
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Call for Contributions: Impacts of Global Change on Protective Forests in Mountain Areas
Contributions are invited for the article collection "Impacts of Global Change on Protective Forests in Mountain Areas" in collaboration with Frontiers in Forests and Global Change.
The protection against natural hazards is an indispensable ecosystem service in mountain areas. Thanks to this Nature-based Solution (NbS), for Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR), costs of engineered technical protection measures can be reduced or even avoided. Numerous studies have proven the high effectiveness of forests in mitigating negative impacts of natural hazards such as flooding, landslides, avalanches, and rockfalls. However, open questions remain on the long-term and sustainable provision of protective services which are expected to be increasingly affected by global change.
Contributions are invited that explicitly address the impacts of global change on protective services of mountain forests. There is a particular interest in articles contributing to our understanding of how temperature increase, enhanced forest disturbance frequencies and intensities, and socio-economic changes affect the ecosystem service "protection against alpine natural hazards", including snow avalanches, landslides, rockfall and torrential hazards (i.e. floods and debris flow), and their underlying processes.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 January 2023
Editors: Michaela Teich, Austrian Research Centre for Forests (BFW); Christine Moos, Bern University of Applied Sciences;
Ana Stritih, Technical University of Munich; Alessandra Bottero, WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF
Principal Researcher Position in Forest Entomology // 5 December 2022
The National Institute of Agricultural Research of Uruguay (INIA) is looking for a researcher in the field of forest entomology. The hired candidate will join a multidisciplinary team operating in INIA Tacuarembó, within the Forestry Research System. The successful candidate will - Develop and conduct research projects on forest pests; - Be part of multidisciplinary teams and participate in international networks; - Prepare technical reports and write scientific manuscripts; - Suggest, plan, and conduct outreach activities for diverse target audience (stakeholders, decision-makers, students, and general public); - Supervise and evaluate performance of personnel under their direction.
Institution: National Institute of Agricultural Research of Uruguay (INIA)
Duty station: Tacuarembó, Uruguay, with travel around the country and abroad
Closing Date: 5 December 2022
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World Science Forum: Science for Social Justice
The World Science Forum series was inspired by the success of the prestigious meeting "World Conference on Science for the Twenty-First Century: a New Commitment", held between 26 June to 1 July 1999 in Budapest, Hungary and convened by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Science Council (ISC), in co-operation with other partners.
Driven by the need for a forum for discussion between the scientific community and society, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in partnership with UNESCO, ISC and AAAS established a series of follow-up events called World Science Forum, taking place biennially in Budapest.
The success of World Science Forum proves that the original idea and intention behind this initiative is becoming a reality. Scientists, politicians, decision-makers and representatives of civil society conducted fruitful dialogue on burning issues affecting the scientific world and society simultaneously, and summed up the common tasks ahead of us. The growing international interest in the World Science Forum shows that there is a growing consensus: World Science Forum has become the leading event of global science policy today.
Date: 6-9 December 2022
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
MSU forestry non-credit online courses - Spring 2023
The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to offer the following non-credit course options for Spring 2023 for individuals interested in online learning. These courses are a great fit for those looking to expand their knowledge on topics of forestry outside of a degree-granting program.
Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management
Social dimensions associated with the development and implementation of forest-based climate change mitigation projects, including: valuation of trees and forests by local communities vs. international community; community decision making; public participation; community engagement.
Contact: Kylie Clay, kclay(at)msu.edu
Human Dimensions of Forests
Social factors underlying human decisions about and conflicts over forest resources. Societal and citizen values, knowledge and behavior with respect to forest resources.
Contact: Emily Huff, ehuff(at)msu.edu
Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon
Skill-based training in forest carbon inventory and carbon accounting methods. National and international monitoring of forest carbon stocks. Applications of remote sensing and geospatial technologies to forest carbon inventory.
Contact: David Skole, skole(at)msu.edu
Ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan’s forests in historic and contemporary context. Geographic similarities and differences in forest resources.
Contact: Jarred Saralecos, saraleco(at)msu.edu
Natural Resource Policy
Natural resources policy-making in the context of scientific, environmental, social, and legal-institutional factors. Historical evolution of policies and case studies of contemporary policy issues.
Contact: Emily Huff, ehuff(at)msu.edu
Short & Mini Courses:
Understanding Forest Carbon Management
This self-paced course takes 6-8 weeks and runs throughout the year during the following periods:
May 9 - August 9 (2023)
August 9 - November 9 (2023)
January 9 - April 9 (2024)
This online short course designed to provide a robust introduction to the benefits of forest land management specific to carbon while offering clear action paths. Topic areas include carbon cycle and storage science, domestic and international policy overview, project case studies, management considerations, measurement basics, and available tools and support.
Forest Certification & Climate Change
This self-paced course takes 2-3 weeks and runs throughout the year during the following periods:
May 9 - August 9 (2023)
August 9 - November 9 (2024)
January 9 - April 9 (2024)
Learners will develop a robust understanding of forest land values and ecological services linking carbon management and climate change mitigation activities with forest certification.
Date: 9 January - 30 April 2023
Organizers: Michigan State University, Department of Forestry
Contact: FOR.forestce(at)msu.edu for questions.
Submit application by: 16 January 2023
Three PhD studentships on the social and environmental outcomes of reforestation processes // 5 January 2023 Midnight (GMT)
The Sustainable Forest Transition (SFT) project is recruiting three full-time PhD students at the Global Development Institute (University of Manchester) from September 2023. These positions are fully-funded for four years. The scholarship is open to international students. The project will study the changing nature of forest cover and human development at unprecedented scale and detail in Mexico, Brazil, India and Nepal. Successful candidates will develop a collective programme of impactful and world-leading research to support communities, governments, and practitioners achieve simultaneous improvements in forest cover and human development. Candidates must have strong quantitative skills and experience of handling and analysing datasets from diverse sources (e.g., remote sensing data and/or representative household surveys), acquired through relevant postgraduate training (e.g., in political science, economics, or geography).
Institution: Sustainable Forest Transition (SFT) Project at the Global Development Institute (University of Manchester), School of Environment, Education & Development (SEED)
Closing date: 5 January 2023 Midnight (GMT)
Contact: Dr. Johan Oldekop, johan.oldekop(at)manchester.ac.uk
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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The 2022 Frontiers Planet Prize
The Frontiers Research Foundation is launching a program called the Frontiers Prize with the goal of accelerating scientific solutions for healthy lives on a healthy planet.
The program will begin in the area of sustainability science by launching the Frontiers Planet Prize for scientific breakthroughs that have the greatest potential to stablize our planet's ecosystem. Scientists who lead a research team and report their breakthrough research during 2021 and 2022 are eligible for the prize. The top three scientists in this international competition will each be awarded a Frontiers Planet Prize of CHF 1 million to support their research. The winning scientists can use the money in any way they choose to accelerate the development of their breakthrough science.
Scientists will be nominated by National Nominating Bodies (NNBs), which will include universities, academies and funding agencies in each country. The criterion for selecting the winners of the Frontiers Planet Prize will be the potential of their scientific breakthrough to be deployed globally to keep the planet’s ecosystem within any one or more of the nine planetary boundaries (see Planetary Boundaries).
Further details: https://www.frontiersfoundation.org/prizes