IUFRO Announcements


Take the forest education survey!

Contribute to the first comprehensive global assessment of forest education at all levels, from primary school to university, technical and vocational training programmes, and share the survey with your networks. The survey is led by FAO, the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).
Click here to access the survey:
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Participez à l'enquête sur l'éducation forestière!

Contribuez à la première évaluation globale de l'éducation forestière à tous les niveaux, de l'école primaire à l'université, en passant par les programmes de formation technique et professionnelle. Faites circuler l'information dans vos réseaux et invitez vos collègues à participer à l’enquête.

L'enquête est réalisée par la FAO, l'Organisation internationale des bois tropicaux (OIBT) et l'Union internationale des instituts de recherche forestière (IUFRO).
Cliquez ici pour accéder à l'enquête:
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¡Participa en una encuesta de educación forestal!

Contribuye con la primera evaluación de la educación forestal a nivel global para todos los niveles de educación: primaria, secundaria, técnico vocacional y educación superior. Comparte esta encuesta en tus redes sociales y con tus colegas.

La encuesta está liderada por Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO), la Organización Internacional de las Maderas Tropicales (OIMT) y la Unión Internacional de Organizaciones de Investigación Forestal (IUFRO).
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Other Announcements


Survey on Forest Restoration Practices

You are kindly invited to participate in an online survey that is part of a project involving the University of Lisbon, School of Agriculture, Portugal, in collaboration with Bioversity International, and the Associação Natureza Portugal, ANP, the representative of the World Wide Fund for Nature, WWF, in Portugal.

The results of this survey contribute to a research project focused on assessing current management practices adopted in forest restoration projects globally. A preliminary survey was conducted in 2019 which yielded very interesting preliminary results; with this second survey, it is hoped to further expand the geographic representativeness of the responses.

If you are involved in the management of a forest restoration project, you are kindly asked for your help in this effort. If you are not directly involved, it is hoped you could forward this email to your contacts and help reach forest landscape restoration managers and forestry professionals within your network. Participation in this survey is voluntary and responses to the questionnaire are anonymous.

However, if you want to receive a synthesis of the results of this initiative, kindly enter your email address in the optional field ''Email address''. If you provide your email address, it will be used exclusively to share the results of the survey with you. After completing this project, your contact information will be deleted from all records.

The questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes and it is available in different languages. It will be open until Sunday, 6 December 2020, 21:00, GMT+1.

Closing date: 6 December 2020

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Spotlight #84 - Task Force probes 'whys' behind increased tree mortality

Tree mortality appears to be increasing at unprecedented rates. One may be tempted to think: So what? Trees regenerate. They'll grow back. But, for a lot of reasons, it's not quite that simple.

"Forests are incredibly complex ecosystems that have taken centuries – even millennia – to establish," says Dr. Henrik Hartmann, of the Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. He and four deputies: Adriane Esquivel Muelbert, Aster Gebrekirstos, Nadine Ruehr and Bernhard Schuldt are coordinating IUFRO's Monitoring Global Tree Mortality Patterns and Trends Task Force.

This Task Force is tackling a timely and urgent topic – potential changes in trends of global tree mortality. Its mission is to provide an empirical basis on global tree mortality for sustainable policy making.

This is important because currently there is no integrated large-scale assessment available on the general state of our forests, despite many independent studies indicating that tree mortality is increasing.

The Task Force envisions generating a coherent picture of global tree mortality and the causes, which can be broadly used in research and policy making.

You are invited!

Nov 17 (5 pm, CET):
First online web seminar "Global forest monitoring using satellite data"
Guest speaker: MATT HANSON, University of Maryland, author of the GLOBAL FOREST WATCH
Register at:

The International Tree Mortality Network, an initiative of the IUFRO Task Force on Monitoring Trends and Patterns in Global Tree Mortality, is offering a series of online seminars. These seminars will take place as online web seminars in regular intervals (6 to 8 seminars per year).

If you are interested in contributing to the seminar series and/or have suggestions for additional speakers, please write to: treemortnet(at)


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Non-IUFRO Publications


20th anniversary of THE FORESTS DIALOGUE's (TFD)

Mark your calendars for 1 December 2020, 8:00-10:00 AM EST (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM UTC)!

Join in the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of THE FORESTS DIALOGUE's (TFD),,  with the launch of the book, "If Tree's Could Talk: 20 Years of The Forests Dialogue"!

The Forests Dialogue is a program hosted by Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, a member organization of IUFRO.

The virtual event will feature a panel discussion highlighting TFD's significant impacts and key outcomes across the globe. Learn from past and current Steering Committee members, partners, and local stakeholders about the impact of dialogue in the forest sector.

Register using this link:  

Position Announcements


Lecturer - Master of Urban Forestry Leadership // 1 January 2021

The Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus) invites applications for a Lecturer (term appointment). The successful candidate will lead the development, teaching and refinement of graduate courses in the course-based Master of Urban Forestry Leadership (MUFL) graduate program with additional teaching in other graduate and undergraduate programs as needed. The MUFL program provides education and training in urban forestry management to an international student body that includes recent graduates, early and mid-career professionals. The lecturer will teach or co-teach courses such as Developing Green and Resilient Cities: The Urban Forestry Approach (UFOR 500, online course), Urban Forest Governance (UFOR 512), Project Proposal Development and Proof of Concept (FCOR 599), Advances in Arboriculture and Urban Ecology (UFOR 521), Urban Forest Resources and Benefits Assessment (UFOR 522), Strategic Urban Forest Planning and Management (UFOR 523), and the MUFL capstone course (UFOR 531). Courses will often be taught collaboratively, with the involvement of other Faculty members as well as industry experts. The lecturer will also play a key role developing, coordinating, managing, and promoting the program in close collaboration with the Program Director. Student mentoring and advising will also be an important part of the lecturer’s role.

Institutions: Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, The University of British Columbia (UBC)
Duty station: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Closing date: 1 January 2021


IUFRO Meetings

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Other Meetings/Events


Conference on Forest Monitoring and Restoration in the Caucasus and Central Asia

Part A of the conference "Monitoring"will feature the final meeting for the UNDA project "Accountability Systems for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia" (2016-2020), that was implemented in Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Objective of this online meeting is to review results of the project and strengthen capacity on methodologies for data collection for indicators under criteria and indicators’ sets for sustainable forest management. International and national experts will present policy briefs on relevant topics developed within the project. Part B "Restoration" will provide an opportunity for countries of the region to discuss implementation of the Astana Resolution, as well as explore funding options. Meeting aims to support implementation of pledges under the Bonn Challenge to achieve the restoration of 3 million hectares in the region by 2030. It will provide an overview of Forest Landscape Restoration efforts in the region, challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic and possible solutions.

Date: 9 December 2021
Location: online
Organizers: United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)


University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


MSU forestry non-credit online courses - Spring 2021

Michigan State University is offering the following forestry non-credit online courses in spring, 11 January - 7 May 2021:

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: Lauren Cooper, ltcooper(at)
Cost: $865

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)
Cost: $725

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)
Cost: $865

Michigan’s Forests
Ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan’s forests in historic and contemporary context. Geographic similarities and differences in forest resources.
Contact: Jim Rivard, rivard12(at)
Cost: $600

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)
Cost: $725


Date: 11 January - 7 May 2021
Venue: online
Organizers: Michigan State University, Department of Forestry
Contact: FOR.forestce(at) for questions.


Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


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)

Fellowship Programs


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:


IUFRO Awards

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Non-IUFRO Awards


Climate 2021 Travel Awards // 30 November 2020

The open access journal Climate is inviting applications for the Climate 2021 Travel Awards. This prize - in the amount of 800 Swiss Francs for each winner, with two winners in total - provides financial support for the winners to attend an international conference held in 2021 focusing on climate processes of the earth. The applicant is expected to hold a presentation, present a poster, or both at the conference. Applicants must be postdoctoral fellows or PhD students involved in climate related sciences and education, broadly defined as any discipline covered within the journal Climate.

Organization: Open access journal Climate
Submit application by: 30 November 2020

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