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IUFRO Announcements

2021-08-20

IUFRO-JAPAN NEWS NO. 130

March 11, 2021, was the 10-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and on April 14, a webinar titled “Forests in Fukushima and Chernobyl -people, wildlife, and landscape-” was held. It was jointly organized by the two Working Parties of the IUFRO: 8.04.07, radioactive contamination of forest ecosystems, and 8.01.02, landscape ecology. In Issue No. 130, Toshiya Matsuura briefly introduces the recent activities of WP 8.01.02, and Shoji Hashimoto, who was the moderator, overviews the webinar. (The annual report of IUFRO-J activities is included in this issue.)

The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee, http://www.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/labs/iufroj/index_Eng.htmlis an organization launched in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research; it cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.

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Other Announcements

2021-07-21

The Amazon We Want

The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and river system, vital to the planet’s climate stability and home to an irreplaceable wealth of biodiversity, much of which is still unknown. It provides critical ecosystem services to the eight sovereign countries and one overseas territory that encompass it, and also to the globe. Deforestation and forest degradation have risen in recent decades, especially driven by the expansion of cattle ranching, agriculture, mining, and infrastructure development. Many scientists warn the Amazon as a whole may be approaching a tipping point of irreversible collapse.

In response to these challenges, a group of over 200 preeminent scientists from the region have united to form the Science Panel for the Amazon (SPA). The Panel is convened by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). Recently, the Panel has issued a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind scientific assessment of the state of the Amazon, current trends, and recommendations for the long-term well-being of the ecosystem and its people. These initial findings as well as a draft version of their full report is now open for public consultation.

The SPA encourages stakeholders to provide meaningful input to aid the development of a better and more complete report.

Details:  https://www.theamazonwewant.org/public-consultation-on-the-draft-of-the-report-of-the-science-panel-for-the-amazon/

Non-IUFRO Publications

2021-07-15

Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in agroforestry systems

We are at the start of the UN decade on ecosystem restoration. In this context, agroforestry is one of the approaches promoted for the restoration of degraded landscapes and the sustainable intensification of agriculture. Research over the last decades has provided compelling evidence for positive effects of plant diversity on the functioning of forests and agroecosystems and this information is increasingly used to design production systems that provide a wide range of ecosystem services. However, there is still little quantitative information on Biodiversity Ecosystem Functioning (BEF) relationships in agroforestry systems.

To fill this knowledge gap, researchers from the Chair of Silviculture, University of Freiburg and the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) propose a new type of agroforestry BEF-experiments. Based on designs used in tree diversity experiments, the researchers developed a conceptual framework for analysing BEF-relationships in agroforestry systems and present an exemplary design for this purpose. The example is set in a (sub)tropical context. The team suggests four major design principles: 1) a trait-based approach for selecting tree and crop species, 2) the integration of trees and crops along a gradient of functional diversity, 3) maintaining constant density across different combinations of life-forms in agroforests through the concept of "growing-patch-density", and 4) disentangling a priori the effects of species diversity on ecosystem functioning from those of structural and functional diversity.

The proposed BEF-experiments offer a promising possibility to identify important drivers of specific BEF-relationships in agroforestry systems and to quantify management influences. This information can help to promote agroforestry in the context of forest landscape restoration and to support the sustainable intensification of agriculture through agroforestry.

Original publication:

Schwarz J, Schnabel F & Bauhus J (2021). A conceptual framework and experimental design for analysing the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (BEF) in agroforestry systems. Basic and Applied Ecology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.baae.2021.05.002

Position Announcements

2021-09-14

Research Forester/Research Engineer // 24 September 2021

The USDA Forest Service is recruiting for a research position in the Forest Operations Unit at the GW Andrews Lab in Auburn, Alabama. The emphasis for the position is the application of spatial analysis and/or sensor inputs to solve forest operations/supply chain problems.

Institution:  Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Duty station:  Auburn, Alabama, USA
Closing date:  24 September 2021

Details:  https://fsoutreach.gdcii.com/?id=00BA01D9538B451593B8EDD22670E074   


IUFRO Meetings

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Other Meetings/Events

2021-09-13

Tropical Forestry 2021 - Virtual Conference

The Tropical Forestry 2021 is the first virtual conference organized by the Faculty of Tropical Forestry, Universiti Malaysia Sabah. The conference will bring together researchers and academics in the field of forestry science, especially tropical forestry, domestically and internationally to share knowledge and present the latest research results, as well as exchange ideas and forge collaborative relationships.

Date: 14-15 December 2021
Location: virtual
Organizers: Faculty of Tropical Forestry, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Indonesia

Details:  https://tf-2021.ums.edu.my/

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2021-07-28

MSU Forestry non-credit online course offerings - Fall '21/Spring '22

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to offer the following non-credit course options for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 for individuals interested in online, self-paced learning. These courses are a great fit for those looking to expand their knowledge on topics of forestry outside of a degree-granting program.

Available courses:

  • Forest Carbon Policy, Economics and Finance, Fall Semester 2021: Sept 1 - Dec 12
  • Forest Ecosystems, Carbon and Climate Change, Fall Semester 2021: Sept 1 - Dec 12
  • Human Dimensions of Forest Carbon Management, Spring Semester 2022: Jan 10 - May 1, 2022
  • Measurement and Monitoring of Forest Carbon, Spring Semester 2022: Jan 10 - May 1, 2022
  • Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Forests and the Environment, Fall Semester 2021: Sept 1 - Dec 12
  • Socioeconomics of Bioproducts, Fall Semester 2021: Sept 1 - Dec 12
  • Short course: Understanding Forest Carbon Management, March 15 - June 15  / July 15 - October 15 / November 15 - February 15
  • Mini Course: Forest Certification and Climate Change, March 9 - June 9 / July 9 - October 9 / November 9 - February 9

Venue: online
Organizers: Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

Details:  https://www.canr.msu.edu/for/non-credit-courses/


Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

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/.

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

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Non-IUFRO Awards

2021-03-15

Nature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact // 21 March 2021

Science is critical in solving global challenges. In 2021 Springer Nature invites applications from early career researchers working in these areas:

  • Food security, water security and/or energy security – ensuring a long term, sustainable supply of either food, water or energy.
  • Healthcare interventions – the assessment, improvement or promotion of human health.
  • Environmental protection – protection of the natural environment on land and water including the repair of damage.
  • Climate change – slowing climate change and adapting to what’s unavoidable.
  • Sustainable cities – building green, liveable cities that last.

Organization: Nature Portfolio
Submit nomination by: 21 March 2021

Details:  https://www.nature.com/collections/ccjnyjxvmp/apply