Call for submissions: Spatial Decision Support for Forest Management and Policy Formulation
Submissions are invited for a Special issue of 'Forests'.
Decision support systems for forest management have been steadily evolving since about 1980 in response to growing demand from forest managers for sophisticated analytical systems that can address the complexities of contemporary forest management issues such as adaptive management in the context of concerns for managing for forest ecosystem sustainability, integrity, and resilience while ensuring the provision of ecosystem services. In this same time frame, there has also been a steady shift in emphasis from stand-level to landscape-level decision support systems, in part driven by improved ecological understanding of, and appreciation for, the need to account for patterns and processes in forest management and planning.
Accordingly, the Editors of Forests have commissioned a 2021 Special Issue on spatial decision support systems and their application to state-of-the-art landscape solutions for forest management and policy formulation. Spatial decision support technologies have evolved on numerous pathways, including knowledge-based, probabilistic, and linear programming systems, as well as combinations of these and other technologies, so articles addressing any of these areas are welcome.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 September 2021
Guest editors: Keith M. Reynolds, Jose G. Borges, Harald Vacik and Paul F. Hessburg
Call for Contributions: Special Journal Issue on Smart Urban Forestry
Contributions are invited for a special issue of the journal Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, on the topic of "Smart Urban Forestry—Digital technologies and data for planning, design, and management". Cities are increasingly data-driven, and there is a growing interest in understanding how citizen engagement, connected technology, and data analytics can support sustainable development. Evidence has also repeatedly shown that green infrastructure such as urban forests address diverse urban challenges and are critical components of urban sustainability and resilience. It is thus timely to assess the role of urban forests and other green spaces in smart city planning. As technology becomes more ubiquitous in urban environments, and as pressure to maximize green benefits for all city dwellers rises, it is worthwhile for researchers and practitioners to consider associated challenges, opportunities, and implications for tree care and urban forest management. This special issue of AUF addresses current knowledge gaps by exploring how the planning, design, management, and use of urban trees, urban forests, and green infrastructure can be integrated into smart city planning. It will look at how digital technologies can be jointly used as tools to improve the delivery of forest benefits and enable stakeholder participation and engagement, for example, through citizen science.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: Abstracts are due April 15th and full papers June 1st
Special issue editors: Sophie Nitoslawski, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia; Cecil Konijnendijk, Nature Based Solutions Institute
IPBES Workshop Report on Biodiversity and Pandemics
Considering the extraordinary situation caused by the novel Coronavirus and given the role that IPBES can play in strengthening the knowledge base on biodiversity links of current and future pandemics such as COVID-19, IPBES had organized a virtual Platform workshop on the link between biodiversity and pandemics, from 27-31 July 2020. The full workshop report is composed of an executive summary, five sections, references and annexes.
FORESTIST - Journal of İstanbul University - Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Forestry
Forestist is an international, scientific, open access periodical published in accordance with independent, unbiased, and double-blinded peer-review principles. The journal is the official publication of İstanbul University - Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Forestry and has been published since 1951. Forestist is published tri-annually in January, May and September and the publication language of the journal is English.
Forestist aims to contribute to the literature by publishing manuscripts at the highest scientific level on all fields of forestry. The journal publishes original articles, reviews, and brief notes that are prepared in accordance with the ethical guidelines.
The scope of the journal includes but is not limited to: forest, forestry, forestry based industries, landscape and environment. The target audience of the journal includes specialists and professionals working and interested in all disciplines of forestry.
Forestist is currently indexed in Web of Science-Emerging Sources Citation Index, DOAJ, TUBITAK ULAKBIM TR Index, Gale, EBSCO Abstracts, CAB Direct, CABI Forestry Abstracts and a number of other CABI products.
Processing and publication are free of charge with the journal. No fees are requested from the authors at any point throughout the evaluation and publication process.
New study assesses future Europe-China forest bioeconomy development
The EU and China are two of the three biggest economies and trading blocs in the world, and their economic and trade relations are increasingly interlinked. China's role as an export destination for forest products made in the EU, as a potential source or destination of capital for developing the forest-based sector, and as Europe's key partner in climate change mitigation has increased in importance, especially in the last decade. A new study from the European Forest Institute provides the first systematic assessment of the potential challenges, possibilities for the future and policy implications for Europe-China forest-based bioeconomy development.
Kallio, M., Chen, X., Jonsson, R., Kunttu, J., Zhang, Y., Toppinen, A., Zhang, J., Chen, J., Krajnc, N., Cashore, B., Yu, B., Yong, C., Pettenella, D. 2020. China-Europe Forest Bioeconomy: Assessment and Outlook. From Science to Policy 11. European Forest Institute.
Read more here: https://efi.int/articles/new-study-assesses-future-europe-china-forest-bioeconomy-development
Download the study: https://doi.org/10.36333/fs11
Call for Submissions: Genetic Control of Forest Tree Traits and Their Interaction with Environment
Submissions are invited for a Special issue of 'Forests'.
Sustainable forestry is a cornerstone in the transition to the post-carbon economy, where forests play a key role as a source of sustainable biomass. The growing demand for biomass is being challenges by the negative impact of climate change on forest productivity caused by multiple biotic and abiotic stress. This urges a better understanding of the genetic control of forest tree traits associated to production, and to develop models for accelerated assisted adaptation of our forests to guarantee a healthy and productive feedstock. Interested authors should submit research works in the field of forest genetics that advance our understanding on the genetic control of forest tree traits of economic and ecological value, and their interaction with a changing environment. Research works are encouraged that provide novel models for the implementation of genomics and remote sensing tools to accelerate and assist forest genetic adaptation to secure production and biodiversity.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2021
Contact: Dr. Rosario Garcia Gil (M.Rosario.Garcia(at)slu.se)
Call for Submissions: Forest Policy and Management Practices for the 21st Century
Submissions are invited for a Special issue of 'Sustainability'.
Forests in the 21st century are facing new challenges, but also new opportunities, with growing global demand for wood products and recognition of the role of forests in addressing climate change. Society benefits from forest welfare effects and makes corresponding demands on the conservation and management of the forests. The forest product sector also generates considerable benefits in terms of income and job creation. With the change of people’s lifestyle, urban forests are gaining more importance as a means for supporting human wellbeing. Since the beginning of the 21st century, forest policy and governance has been trying to cope with the emerging challenges for forestry in numerous activities on a national and international level. Important forestry issues are still handled by the state in a policy process, formulating binding programs and implementing them by partly binding means, but at the same time, an increasing number of forest policy instruments no longer fit into this concept, because they go beyond the domain of a single state authority.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021
Special issue editors: Dr. Zuzana Dobsinska, Department of Forest Economics and Management, Forestry Faculty, Technical University in Zvolen; and Ms. Ivana Zivojinovic, Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
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.