Non-IUFRO Publications

Non-IUFRO Publications


CFA Newsletter June 2022

The June 2022 issue of the Commonwealth Forestry Association Newsletter includes a statement by IUFRO President John Parrotta following March's leading article "Response to COP26 and deforestation pledges" by Roger Leakey.

In this statement Dr. Parrotta emphasizes the importance of the role that the forest science community is playing by providing decision makers and spatial planners with the knowledge required to make informed choices about the environmental, social and economic costs, benefits and trade-offs of forest and land management options. Among other things, the newsletter highlights the situation of forestry education in Nigeria, presents a summary of the recent World Forestry Congress in Seoul, informs about forest restoration initiatives and the development of deforestation, and discusses the finding of the "2022 State of the World's Forests" report by FAO.



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Special Issue for "Climate Change and Forest" in FORESTIST journal

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Forestist on 'Climate Change and Forest'.

Forestist implements the open access publication model, meaning that all interested readers are able to freely access the journal online at without the need for a subscription.

Topics are: - Climate Change; - The impact of climate change on forests; - Forestry and carbon sequestration; - Land cover change effects on forestry and climate change; - Monitoring and reporting of climate change over forests; - Climate smart forestry; - Impact of climate change on forest management; - Carbon sequestration and forests interaction; - Carbon management in forests.

Once the manuscript has been accepted for publication, it will undergo language copyediting, typesetting, and reference validation processes in order to provide the highest publication quality possible.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  30 September 2022
Date of publication:  Januar 2023


NEW: The International Journal of Wood Culture

The International Journal of Wood Culture (IJWC) publishes papers on all aspects of wood and other plant materials such as bamboo, rattan, and bark and their role in art, culture and society in the past, present and future. IJWC was initiated as Wood Culture Journal in 2011 by the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS), a non-profit organization based in California, USA, and committed to the research, education and promotion of wood culture. IWCS and World Wood Day Foundation are the current sponsors of IJWC.

IJWC is a full Open Access journal and uses Editorial Manager for online submission. The Editor-in-Chief is Harvey Green, Northeastern University (emeritus professor), Boston, MA, USA. IUFRO officeholders Michael Grabner and Charlotte Chia-Hua are members of the editorial board.


Call for Manuscripts: Sustainable Land-Based Bioeconomy Development

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Land.

The bioeconomy as a scientific concept was first introduced in the 1970s through an analysis of the economic process with respect to fundamental laws of physics, implying that negative impacts of resource extraction could be reduced by a circular economy with minimized resource throughput. This notion of the bioeconomy being closely linked to natural laws never caught up in political economics and was reinterpreted at the beginning of the new millennium as a political agenda for industrial biomass production in the EU. Following extensive criticism on having missed out on social and ecological sustainability, the EU revised its strategies as sectoral programs and inspired countries around the world to develop their own interpretations of a bioeconomy. A sustainable and circular bioeconomy is also a pathway to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 because the bioeconomy relates to a number of SDGs. Today, the predominantly academically led discussion has developed into a so-called “mixed-source metadiscourse”, being on a par with comprehensive concepts such as sustainable development or global governance, providing a broad narrative for a decarbonized economy. As a common denominator, all bioeconomy development perspectives anticipate increased biomass utilization which, in turn, puts land use and availability into particular focus. In light of this conclusion, the aim of this Special Issue is to encourage further discussions on the concept of sustainable bioeconomy development by providing a backdrop through presenting the recent state of the discourse. Further, approaches to monitor, assess and report the implementation of bioeconomy strategies have also become ever more important.To provide an account on current approaches and implementations, we welcome paper contributions in the form of either empirical research or conceptual/theoretical works on selected perspectives of a land-based bioeconomy through policy analysis, literature reviews and indicator-based monitoring mainly in the following categories: - Development of the bioeconomy concept; - Economic perspectives of a land-based bioeconomy; - Environmental concerns in a sustainable land-based bioeconomy; -Socio-cultural aspects in sustainable land-based bioeconomy development; - Transformational pathways for a knowledge-based sustainable bioeconomy development; - Monitoring, assessment and reporting approaches for a land-based bioeconomy.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  31 December 2022
Guest Editors:  Dr. Stefanie Linser, Dr. Martin Greimel, Prof. Dr. Andreas Pyka


Closer-to-Nature Forest Management

Closer-to-Nature Forest Management is a concept proposed in the EU Forest Strategy for 2030, which aims to improve the conservation values and climate resilience of multifunctional, managed forests in Europe. Building on the latest scientific evidence, this report proposes a definition of the concept, a set of seven guiding principles and a framework/checklist for flexible European-wide implementation. The report analyses the current pressures on forest biodiversity as well as on health and resilience in managed forests. It examines existing nature-oriented forest management approaches and analyses their ability to support biodiversity, stability in and adaptability to uncertain future conditions. Finally, it evaluates the barriers and enablers for the implementation of Closer-to-Nature Forest Management.

The Closer-to-Nature Forest Management webinar was held on 6 April 2022. Watch the conversation on our YouTube channel.

Recommended citation: Larsen, J.B., Angelstam, P., Bauhus, J., Carvalho, J.F., Diaci, J., Dobrowolska, D., Gazda, A., Gustafsson, L., Krumm, F., Knoke, T., Konczal, A., Kuuluvainen, T., Mason, B., Motta, R., Pötzelsberger, E., Rigling, A., Schuck, A., 2022. Closer-to-Nature Forest Management. From Science to Policy 12. European Forest Institute.

ISBN 978-952-7426-19-7 (online)



Long-term soil warming alters fine root dynamics and morphology, and their ectomycorrhizal fungal community in a temperate forest soil

Climate warming is predicted to affect temperate forests severely, but the response of fine roots, key to plant nutrition, water uptake, soil carbon, and nutrient cycling is unclear. Understanding how fine roots will respond to increasing temperature is a prerequisite for predicting the functioning of forests in a warmer climate. The authors of the study looked at the response of fine roots and their ectomycorrhizal (EcM) fungal and root-associated bacterial communities to soil warming by 4°C in a mixed spruce-beech forest in the Austrian Limestone Alps after 8 and 14 years of soil warming, respectively.

Original article:
Steve Kwatcho Kengdo, Derek Peršoh, Andreas Schindlbacher, Jakob Heinzle, Ye Tian, Wolfgang Wanek, Werner Borken (2022): Long-term soil warming alters fine root dynamics and morphology, and their ectomycorrhizal fungal community in a temperate forest soil.

Glob Change Biol. 2022;00:1–18. Global Change Biology


Call for Submissions: Continuous Cover Forestry: Opportunities for Changing Forests

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Trees, Forests and People.

Continuous Cover Forestry is forest management based on ecological principles and its history stretches over more than a hundred years. In some countries CCF has been a standard for more than fifty years and in others it is still comparatively new. A special issue of Forest Ecology and Management explored this topic more than 15 years ago (Pommerening 2006, Transformation to continuous cover forestry in a changing environment, 224, 227–228), and this new special issue will provide updates and explore emerging insights. The popularity of CCF is rising for its potential to mitigate climate change, to support biodiversity, and to provide valuable tools for forest ecosystem services. The EU forest strategy for 2030 urges increased use of CCF. The special issue welcomes a range of contributions – reviews, research papers or a mix of both – on topics including climate/forest policy, carbon forestry, water quality, nature conservation, recreation/human health, biodiversity, timber production, challenges of transformation to CCF and marteloscopes.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  31 December 2022
Special issue editor:   Professor Arne Pommerening, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)


Call for Submissions: Forest Bathing and Forests for Public Health

Submissions are invited for a Special issue of 'Forests'.

Humans have long enjoyed forest environments because of their quiet atmosphere, beautiful scenery, mild climate, pleasant aromas, and fresh, clean air. In Japan, a national health programme for forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, began to be introduced in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan for the stress management of workers. Shinrin in Japanese means 'forest', and yoku means 'bath'. So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. Since 2004, serial studies have been conducted to investigate the effects of forest bathing/shinrin-yoku on human health in Japan. We have established a new medical science called forest medicine. Forest medicine is a new interdisciplinary science, belonging to the categories of alternative medicine, environmental medicine and preventive medicine, which studies the effects of forest bathing/shinrin-yoku/forest therapy on human health. It has been reported that forest bathing/shinrin-yoku (forest therapy) has the following beneficial effects on human health: - Boosts immune function; - Reduces stress and stress hormones; - Improves sleep; - Shows preventive effect on depression; - Reduces blood pressure and heart rate showing preventive on hypertension; - Forest bathing in city parks also has benefits on human health; - Forest bathing has preventive effect on lifestyle related diseases. Therefore, forests are very important for public health.

This Special Issue has been planned in order to expand the philosophy and concept of forest medicine worldwide.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  23 November 2022
Special issue editors:  Dr. Christos Gallis, Research Director, Forest Research Institute, Thessaloniki, Greece; Prof. Dr. Qing Li, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Nippon Medical School Hospital;  Prof. Dr. Won Sop Shin, Professor of Social Forestry, School of Forest Resources, Chungbuk National University


Call for Submissions: New Challenges towards More Effective Integration of Tropical Forest Restoration and Conservation

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Forests.

With forest degradation increasing in the tropics, forest restoration is being employed as an effective and recognized management strategy. Reforestation and afforestation are two distinct methods being used. They are often considered for their biophysical aspects and for their environmental benefits (e.g., carbon sequestration, watershed management, biodiversity). Technical skills are necessary for implementing both forest restoration and afforestation, but they are not enough for the success of restoration programs. Understanding the social and economic aspects is essential if restoration activities are to be effective. Reforestation and afforestation should be meaningful and beneficial to indigenous people and other local communities living in or near these degraded forests or landscapes. Benefits can be increased by local participation in decision making, improved financial return, strengthened land use rights, and better market opportunities.

This Special Issue of Forests aims to identify and better understand the social and economic issues (challenges and benefits) of forest restoration programs in the tropics and their contribution for the success of restoration programs. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published or submitted elsewhere. Through case studies and more global contributions, they should illustrate the importance of considering bottom-up approaches in forest restoration.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022
Guest editors: Plinio Sist, Cirad-ES; Manuel Boissière, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)


The Social Aspects of Environmental and Climate Change. Institutional Dynamics Beyond a Linear Model

The Social Aspects of Environmental and Climate Change critically examines the prominence of natural science framing in mainstream climate change research and demonstrates why climate change really is a social issue. The book highlights how assumptions regarding social and cultural systems that are common in sustainability science have impeded progress in understanding environmental and climate change. The author explains how social sciences theory and perspectives provide an understanding of institutional dynamics including issues of scale, possibilities for learning, and stakeholder interaction, using specific case studies to illustrate this impact. The book highlights the foundational role research into social, political, cultural, behavioural, and economic processes must play if we are to design successful strategies, instruments, and management actions to act on climate change.


Forest Governance: Hydra or Chloris?

Many forest-related problems are considered relevant today. One might think of deforestation, illegal logging and biodiversity loss. Yet, many governance initiatives have been initiated to work on their solutions. This publication takes stock of these issues and initiatives by analysing different forest governance modes, shifts and norms, and by studying five cases (forest sector governance, forest legality, forest certification, forest conservation, participatory forest management). Special focus is on performance: are the many forest governance initiatives able to change established practices of forest decline (Chloris worldview) or are they doomed to fail (Hydra worldview)? The answer will be both, depending on geographies and local conditions. The analyses are guided by discursive institutionalism and philosophical pragmatism.

Author:  Bas Arts, Wageningen University & Research - Radboud University Nijmegen


Adaptive Collaborative Management in Forest Landscapes

Many forest management proposals are based on top-down strategies, such as the Million Tree Initiatives, Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) and REDD+, often neglecting local communities. In the context of the climate crisis, it is imperative that local peoples and communities are an integral part of all decisions relating to resource management. This volume examines the value of Adaptive Collaborative Management for facilitating learning and collaboration with local communities and beyond, utilising detailed studies of forest landscapes and communities.