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), https://theforestsdialogue.org/, 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: https://yale.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vfuypqDwuE9cfL9HUG07g3Zu7dQEUzgkj
Call for Submissions: Managing for Wood Quality: Analytics, Operational Tools and Applied Solutions
Submissions are invited for a Special issue of 'Forests'.
Global competition and societal change are eliciting incremental changes in forest management practices throughout temperate and boreal forest regions. Forest management objectives and associated silvicultural inputs are increasingly focused on enhancing end-product quality while providing a wider array of ecosystem services and maintaining or increasing volumetric fibre yields. Realizing this aspirational trivariate goal is partially dependent of the provision of enhanced in-forest operational intelligence and associated decision-making capacities in relation to the production and management of wood quality outcomes. Innovative research efforts continue to make consequential gains in addressing these issues via the development of wood quality and fibre attribute prediction models, in-forest non-destructive methods for estimating end-product potential, and crop planning decision-support systems and associated software analogues for use in operational forest management.
This Special Issue will attempt to benchmark the state-of-knowledge and highlight research efforts in these areas. For example, contributions that aim to (1) quantify or model conceptual or empirical linkages between external tree morphology (e.g., crown structure) or internal fibre attributes (e.g., wood density, microfibial angle or modulus of elasticity) and end-product potential, (2) advance in-forest non-destructive methodologies for use in estimating internal wood quality attributes (e.g., acoustics), or (3) develop and (or) demonstrate crop planning decision-support analogues for use in managing wood quality outcomes (e.g., density management models), would all be within the scope of this Special Issue. Furthermore, contributions that attempt to incorporate the consequences of climate change on wood quality determinates or management decision-making are also strongly encouraged.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021
Contact: Peter Newton (peter.newton(at)canada.ca) or Jason Cao (jason.cao(at)mdpi.com)
New FAO Publication "Better data, better decisions: Towards impactful forest monitoring"
Decisions based on data and analysis are often deemed to produce a better outcome and providing decision-makers with information is seen as an important development strategy. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals reinforces the importance of science-policy linkages. In the forestry sector, efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) have created opportunities for forest monitoring capacity development over the past decade, which can support forest management and domestic policy-making in addition to international reporting.
This paper explores country examples, and considers how forest monitoring can inform problem-solving, especially on public policy.
Available from: http://www.fao.org/3/cb0437en/CB0437EN.pdf
Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests
Although global rates of deforestation have started to decrease, they remain alarmingly high in many tropical countries. In light of this challenge, the growing importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) has been highlighted as a means for improving sustainability across the sector. Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests summarises and reviews the rich body of research on tropical forests and how this research can be utilised to make sustainable management of tropical forests a standard implementable strategy for the future. The book features expert discussions on the economic, political and environmental contexts needed for SFM to operate successfully, including coverage of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With its distinguished editors and international array of expert authors, many of which have worked with IUFRO on a number of projects, Achieving sustainable management of tropical forests will be a standard reference for researchers in tropical forest science, international and national organisations responsible for protection and responsible stewardship of tropical forests, as well as the commercial sector harvesting and using tropical forest products.
Edited by Professor Jürgen Blaser, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, and Mr Patrick D. Hardcastle, Forestry Development Specialist, UK.
The ethics of isolation, the spread of pandemics, and landscape ecology
The debate around the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hasraised multiple and incompletely answered questionsregarding how zoonoses are transmitted from wildpopulations to humans, how they spread within humancommunities, over regions and across continents, howcountries and societies can fight or counter pandemicsand how landscapes will have to be effectivelymanaged for limiting the spread of diseases keepingcommunities safe and healthy. A broader long-standing debate on the (un)sustain-ability of ongoing development models where biodi-versity, climate, and socio-economic crises are central,both as causes and effects, has received additionalattention in the context of the current pandemic. Thishas stressed the urgency of changing developmentparadigms to reduce pressures on ecosystems andbiodiversity, increase investments in ecosystem andlandscape restoration and integrate natural capital andecosystem services valuation into decision-making processes, also at the urban scale.
João C. Azevedo. Sandra Luque. Cynnamon Dobbs. Giovanni Sanesi. Terry C. H. Sunderland. Landscape Ecology 2020
Continue your read at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-020-01092-8