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
What are the main challenges faced by the urban forestry sector in Europe?
According to the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, by 2050 68% of the world's population is expected to live in urban areas. This rapid urbanisation brings many challenges, both for humans and the environment, requiring the adoption of innovative solutions. Today, more and more experts are pointing to a simple yet extremely effective answer: nature.
Urban forests and natural areas provide many benefits. They are key allies in the fight against climate change, providing clean air, mitigating the urban heat island effect, managing stormwater, and much more. They are also important for urban dwellers' health: today, a growing body of literature is highlighting the positive impacts of nature on health and wellbeing. For example, nature provides a space for physical activity and social interaction. In this sense, besides improving the quality of life in cities, nature can also reduce infrastructure and healthcare costs.
While the benefits and especially the need of urban forests are being increasingly recognised, the road to the realisation of such projects is often full of bumps and obstacles. The "Blueprint for Innovation in Urban Forestry" produced by Uforest provides a comprehensive overview of the main challenges faced by the European urban forestry sector. Uforest is a project co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. The project created a cross-sectoral alliance for the development of new training and support for students and professionals working towards innovative urban forestry projects. During the last few months, the Uforest team produced 20 case studies on innovative urban forestry initiatives around Europe. The aim was to better understand the current framework in which urban forestry projects are implemented and how innovation grows. Through literature review and case studies analyses, the "Blueprint for Innovation in Urban Forestry" identifies 7 main challenges.
Find out more information here: Download the full Blueprint for Innovation in urban foresty and learn more!
Green impact, Green Jobs: The future of the pan-European forest sector by FOREST EUROPE and Thünen-Institute
Employment in the pan-European forest sector is decreasing since 2010 and the forest sector workforce is aging rapidly. A recent report by FOREST EUROPE and the Thünen-Institute of Forestry provides latest facts and figures about employment in the pan-European forest sector, gives recommendations on how to reverse these trends and informs about green forest jobs.
The workforce employed by the pan-European forest sector decreased by 7 % between 2010 and 2020. Between 2017 and 2019, the economic activities of forestry and logging, manufacture of wood and paper products, manufacture of furniture and printing provided jobs for 5 million persons in 36 European countries. The average age of this workforce is between 40 and 59 years. However, a significant number of workers aged 50+ will leave the forest sector workforce within the next 10-15 years.
A recent report and policy brief by FOREST EUROPE and the Thünen-Institute of Forestry entitled "Green Forest Jobs in the pan-European region" presents evidence that this aging forest sector workforce is not being replaced by young workers. Although female participation in the labour market has increased over the past 15 years, only 21% of the forest sector workforce was female in 2019. These facts call for urgent action to avoid labour shortages and alleviate the gender imbalance in the pan-European forest sector.
In addition, there are new jobs emerging beyond this traditional forest sector. The report and policy brief by FOREST EUROPE and Thünen-Institute of Forestry introduces the new forest-based sector and draws attention to the emerging jobs. The new forest-related sector provides opportunities to increase employment in rural areas and to stimulate the creation of quality Green Forest Jobs. To know more about how Green Forest Jobs are defined and on the state of the art of employment in the pan-European forest sector, read the report here.
Green Forest Jobs in The Pan-European Region
Policy Brief: https://foresteurope.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/Thuenen-Green-Forest-Jobs-Policy-Brief.pdf
What Are Green Forest Jobs?
Newly Established: Journal of Forest Business Research (JFBR)
JFBR is an international peer-reviewed open-access journal devoted to the science of sustainable business within the forestry sector. JFBR publishes original research and reviews about forests managed as investment, focusing on forest investment, finance and business, forest-related industries and wood market dynamics, forest silviculture and management, and forest economics and policy. The next issue will be published by the end of June 2023.
Deadline to submit papers: 1 March 2023
Call for Manuscripts: Assisted Migration in Forestry
Submissions are invited for a Special Issue in the journal Forest Ecology and Management.
Climate is changing faster than long-lived forest trees can migrate or adapt, risking adverse impacts on tree growth and forest composition. Assisted migration (AM) is an adaptation strategy for overcoming the gap between a changing climate and an evolutionary response by forest trees. AM refers to population migration, range expansion, or species migration. AM may be used to avoid losses in forest growth and productivity; AM may also be used to prevent species extinctions and to sustain ecosystem services and biodiversity. Successful AM likely will result in creating novel ecosystems, challenging current management paradigms, but may be hindered by existing policies and regulations.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2023
Guest editors: Prof. John A. Stanturf, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia; Prof. Vladan Ivetić, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Forestry, Belgrade, Serbia; Dr. R. Kasten Dumroese, USDA Forest Service, Moscow, Idaho, USA
Wildland Fire Smoke in the United States - A Scientific Assessment
This open access book synthesizes current information on wildland fire smoke in the United States, providing a scientific foundation for addressing the production of smoke from wildland fires. This will be increasingly critical as smoke exposure and degraded air quality are expected to increase in extent and severity in a warmer climate. Accurate smoke information is a foundation for helping individuals and communities to effectively mitigate potential smoke impacts from wildfires and prescribed fires. The book documents our current understanding of smoke science for (1) primary physical, chemical, and biological issues related to wildfire and prescribed fire, (2) key social issues, including human health and economic impacts, and (3) current and anticipated management and regulatory issues. Each chapter provides a summary of priorities for future research that provide a roadmap for developing scientific information that can improve smoke and fire management over the next decade.
Editors: David L. Peterson, Sarah M. McCaffrey, Toral Patel-Weynand
The governance of forests, forest products and markets: Multi-scale linkages to conflict and development in sub-Saharan Africa
A new special issue of Forest Policy & Economics looks into forest governance in the context of conflict and development in sub-Sahara Africa.
In its introduction, it highlights the importance of understanding formal as well as informal forest management institutions and relating conflicts from an actor-centered perspective, in order to inform effective forest policy.
Guest editors: Dr Jude Kimengsi, TU Dresden, et al.
Call for Papers: Science as a site of inequality: insights from environmental research fields and implications for sustainability transformations
Submissions are invited for a Special Issue in the journal Environmental Science & Policy.
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the enduring COVID-19 pandemic inequality has moved centre stage in global political discourse, prompting calls to enhance equity, diversity, and inclusion in all sectors of society. 'Reducing inequality within and among countries' (SDG 10) is deemed an essential prerequisite for sustainability transformations in which science is expected to play a key part by delivering knowledge that is inter- and transdisciplinary, diverse and inclusive. However, science itself is far from being inclusive. It is shaped by inequalities along disciplines and social dimensions like gender, geography, ethnicity, social class and caste, language and others. With the proposed Special Issue, we seek to shift the spotlight on how inequalities shape environmental science and the knowledges it generates, with which implications for sustainability transformations.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 January 2023
Dr. Susanne Koch, Technical University of Munich, TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology,
Department of Science, Technology and Society (STS)
Prof. Nelius Boshoff, Stellenbosch University, Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology
Dr. John Boakye-Danquah, Canadian Institute of Forestry and McMaster University
Dr. Anny Flore Mbiah, University of Maroua, Department of Philosophy and Psychology
Dr. David Ludwig, Wageningen University and Research, Knowledge Technology and Innovation (KTI) Group
Details at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/environmental-science-and-policy/about/forthcoming-special-issues#science-as-a-site-of-inequality-insights-from-environmental-research-fields-and-implications-for-sustainability-transformations
CFA Newsletter, September 2022
This issue of the Commonwealth Forestry Association's (CFA) newsletter starts with “Reflections on the World Forestry Congress” by IUFRO President John Parrotta.
He wrote, "Among the key messages emerging from this Congress is the need for those of us in the forest sector to work more closely and constructively with our colleagues in other natural resource sectors – including agriculture – and with policy makers, the private sector, civil society organizations, communities, and youth to tackle the urgent challenges facing forests and all who depend on them either directly or indirectly." The issue also includes articles on Helicopter Science and Rubber and Europe’s deforestation footprint in Africa, and much more.
Wild Service Tree – New Book in German
On 610 pages 57 co-authors and 80 photographers compiled a comprehensive publication on Sorbus torminalis in Austria, titled "ELSBEERE - BUCH zum BAUM".
Editors: Norbert Mayer, Raphael Klumpp, Hans Kiessling & 54 co-authors; ISBN: 978-3-900397-01-2.
Copies can be ordered at: https://www.buchdrucker.at/buchladen/Elsbeere
Policy Brief 1 - Forest Biodiversity in Europe
The European Forest Institute (EFI) recently relaunched its policy brief series. The first publication in the series "How can we effectively maintain and enhance forest biodiversity in Europe?" was presented at Forest Europe's first High-Level Policy Dialogue, "Sustainable Forest Management: Unlocking forest biodiversity's potential'" on 30 August.
By Bart Muys, Per Angelstam, Jürgen Bauhus, Laura Bouriaud, Hervé Jactel, Hojka Kraigher, Jörg Müller, Nathalie Pettorelli, Elisabeth Pötzelsberger, Eeva Primmer, Miroslav Svoboda, Bo Jellesmark Thorsen, Koenraad Van Meerbeek
Download the EFI policy brief: https://doi.org/10.36333/pb1
Call for Submissions - Climate solutions by the forest sector: Opportunities, challenges, and responses
Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of Forest Policy and Economics.
It is urgently needed to explore practical solutions to problems encountered in carbon accounting, potential assessment, economic analysis, and policy evaluation, as the global community undertakes forest sector actions, including REDD+. It is imperative to establish a more coherent understanding of and formulate more appropriate approaches to addressing these problems by deploying advanced tools in an integrated manner. This Special Issue is expected not just to identify the major policy and technical issues and put them in the appropriate contexts, but also to build proper perspectives and frameworks in tackling them and generating important theoretical and empirical insights.
Bark Beetle Management, Ecology, and Climate Change
Bark Beetle Management, Ecology, and Climate Change provides the most updated and comprehensive knowledge on the complex effects of global warming upon the economically and ecologically important bark beetle species and their host trees. This authoritative reference synthesizes information on how forest disturbances and environmental changes due to current and future climate changes alter the ecology and management of bark beetles in forested landscapes. Written by international experts on bark beetle ecology, this book covers topics ranging from changes in bark beetle distributions and addition of novel hosts due to climate change, interactions of insects with altered host physiology and disturbance regimes, ecosystem-level impacts of bark beetle outbreaks due to climate change, multi-trophic changes mediated via climate change, and management of bark beetles in altered forests and climate conditions. Bark Beetle Management, Ecology, and Climate Change is an important resource for entomologists, as well as forest health specialists, policy makers, and conservationists who are interested in multi-faceted impacts of climate change on forest insects at the organismal, population, and community-levels.
Editors: Kamal Gandhi, Richard Hofstetter
The Plan B for Romania's Forests and Society
This publication edited by Alexandru Giurca and Daniel Paul Dima was a joint effort of 24 authors from seven countries who shared their views on how the Romanian forest-based bioeconomy can thrive. The project was supported by several international sponsors and organizations, including the European Forest Institute and the Transylvania University of Brasov (IUFRO Members). The book also contains an inspiring foreword from HRH The Prince of Wales. The authors of the book propose that the European and Romanian forest-based bioeconomy narrative builds on three multifaceted pillars: - An integrated approach to natural resource management; - A culture of innovation including both technological and social innovation; - A multi-layered governance approach including a variety of stakeholders in the decision-making process.
Theory and Practice of Forest Management in Nepal
In Nepal, forests are being managed with two primary objectives (i) to obtain forest products, such as timber, fuelwood, poles and other Non-Timber Forest Products, on a sustainable basis in perpetuity; and (ii) to acquire eco-system services such as protection of soil and water; regularization of hydrological cycle; protection of biodiversity; and minimizing the risk of climate change. Although there are several published references available on the subject of forest management. However, a comprehensive document particularly devoted to the Nepalese context is not available. University teachers and students, in Nepal, are forced to use reference books and materials that are not based on Nepalese forest management and management experiences gained. Hence, this book has been prepared to fullfil these gaps and to serve as a resource material for university students of Nepal at bachelor’s and master’s levels in forest management.
Since forest management is a vast subject, the book has tried to accommodate only those topics/sub-topics that are most relevant to Nepalese Mater level students. As the title clearly says, the book has two parts: theory and practice. The former is necessary to understand the scientific principles of managing forest on a sustainable basis, whereas the latter provides insights into the prevailing practices of forest management in Nepal. This book consists of 10 chapters. Chapter 1 provides introduction of forest and forestry. Chapter 2 deals with the basic elements of forest management. Chapter 3 talks about the historical perspective of forest management initiatives and recent developments in managing forest resources in Nepal. Chapter 4 explains the types of silvicultural systems. Chapter 5 examines silviculture systems and practices followed in Nepal. Chapter 6 discusses rotation of tree species. Chapter 7 is about yield and its regulation in Nepal. Chapter 8 describes tending operations. Chapter 9 examines forest certification and its implementation status in Nepal. Finally, Chapter 10 deals with the contents of forest management plans.
This book has been reviewed by various professional foresters and academicians.
Citation: Amatya, Swoyambhu Man; Thapa, Hasta Bahadur and Bhatta, Balram (2022). Theory and Practice of Forest Management in Nepal. Faculty of Forestry, Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU), Hetauda, Nepal
Available from: Faculty of Forestry, Agriculture and Forestry University Hetauda, Nepal. E-mail: deanforestry(at)afu.edu. Phone: 057524154
Call for Submissions - Culture, Plant Health, and Genetics of Christmas Trees in Changing Climate
Submissions are invited for a Special issue of 'Forests'.
Christmas trees are an important tree crop in much of North America and Europe. Production of high-quality trees requires careful management of cultural inputs such as irrigation, fertilization, and pest management, as well as selection of superior genotypes. In addition, the ecological and environmental aspects of Christmas tree production are receiving heightened attention due to the increased impacts of extreme weather events and other climate-related phenomena. Moreover, the post-harvest quality of trees and marketing are critical areas for research and outreach activities. In this Special Issue, we seek contributions on leading research on all areas of Christmas tree culture, genetics, physiology, management, ecology, and marketing. We anticipate most submission will be based on papers presented at the 15th International Christmas Tree Research and Extension Conference, but we welcome other submissions as well.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022
Special issue editors: Dr. Bert Cregg, Dr. Inger Sundheim Fløistad, Dr. Chloe Gendre
Author instructions: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/instructions
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.
Volumes published in this journal are listed at: https://brill.com/view/journals/ijwc/ijwc-overview.xml?language=en&msclkid=87801074d10e11ec8ccf29ee766c1fed
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
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.
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)
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.
Editors: Carol J. Pierce Colfer, Ravi Prabhu and Anne M. Larson
Details: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/discover/nb-publication-Colfer_authorflyer-_002_.pdf and http://www.routledge.com/9781032053677