IUFRO News, Volume 50, Issue 2, 2021

The Cultural Dimensions of Forest Products

Interview with leaders of the IUFRO Research Group (RG) on Forests products culture and its Wood culture and Non-wood forest products culture Working Parties (WPs), ahead of the 2021 World Wood Day on 21 March

For thousands of years people all over the world have relied on forests to provide them with wood and non-wood forest products for food, shelter, health, energy, and a wide range of everyday products. Research in forest products culture looks, among other things, at how the use of wood and non-wood forest products has changed over time. It includes, but is not limited to, history, policy management, sociology, economics, philosophy, culture, religion, art and education.

In IUFRO a truly global team of experts is collaborating in the Forest Products Culture RG and its two WPs under the umbrella of Division 5 Forests Products.

RG 5.15.00 - Forest products culture, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/51500/
Howard N. Rosen, World Wood Day Foundation, USA
Michelle Baumflek, US Forest Service, USA
Ping Yang, Kumamoto University, Japan

WP 5.15.01 Wood culture, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/51500/51501/
Jinling Su, International Wood Culture Society, China
Victor Ajibola Adekunle, Federal University of Technology, Nigeria
Maria Victoria Asensi Amoros, Xylodata SARL, France
Marco Fioravanti, University of Florence, Italy
Sangeeta Gupta, Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education, Mario Tomazello Filho, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

WP 5.15.02 - Non-wood forest products culture, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/51500/51502/
Charlotte Chia Hua Lee, International Wood Culture Society, USA
Michelle Baumflek, US Forest Service, USA

Dr. Rosen, you coordinate the RG together with Drs. Baumflek and Yang. Historically, forest products have played an important role in different societies as part of their religion, literature, philosophy and art? How has this role changed in modern societies?

The use of forest products goes back to prehistoric times when forest products were used for food, energy, and shelter. As humans created social networks, the use of forest product was integrated into the thinking of various aspects of the society. For instance, wood was incorporated into churches and the kind of wood used had a special meaning according to the tenets of the religion. 

The role that forest products play in modern society has not changed so much as have the methods of delivery. Surely, technological breakthroughs have provided the ability to provide society with a vast array and amount of forest products. With easy communication through telephone, television and internet, the social aspects of forest products in our society can be transferred across the globe in a matter of minutes.  In this way advances in religion, literature, philosophy, music and art related to forest products can be incorporated into today's thinking on a worldwide basis.    

One of the declared goals of your work in the RG is to promote the positive aspects of forest products. Why is this important, also with a view to the importance of sustainable production and use?

Forest products provide innumerable unique materials to humans. Therefore, our forests should be protected and utilized in a sustainable manner. As our worldwide population continues to grow, the impacts on the world's forests continue to grow. Humans need more land for agriculture and homes. Though forests are renewable, some forests are in extreme danger in certain parts of the world.

If the public were more educated about the value that our forests provide to society, perhaps more attention would be paid to the sustainable production and use of forest products. The International Wood Culture Society through the World Wood Day celebration, as well as videos and photos on its website, demonstrates to the public the positive aspects of forest products. The lessons learned should facilitate a more sustainable use of our forest products.

Dr. Su, the coordinating team of the Wood culture WP is very diverse, including experts from Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. This allows the WP to take a broad and interdisciplinary approach to wood culture research. What are the benefits of this diversity?

The diversity of experts from different countries, regions, nationalities, and backgrounds is an important factor to allow the interdisciplinary research of the value and the way people use wood in societies. The coordinating team of the Wood Culture Working Party with members from different areas and cultural backgrounds echoes the characteristics of wood culture. The diversity benefits the exploration, documentation, learning, sharing, and promotion of the unique culture of wood. 

This diversity is implemented during World Wood Day with various projects using specialists from different areas of the world to build structures, provide music played with wooden instruments, and design wood projects to mention a few examples.

Among many other things, your WP looks at the preservation of wooden heritage. What are the main challenges you face and how can they be overcome?

Since ancient times, wood has had a close relationship with human life. The loss and diminishment of traditional wood techniques and cultural heritage are growing concerns with modernization. Such loss emphasizes the importance of wooden heritage and calls for the preservation and awareness of as well as the education on this heritage. It is equally important for the inheritors of traditional techniques and the public to understand the value of preserving the heritage. Otherwise, much of this heritage will be lost to humanity. 

IUFRO and World Wood Day present a unique environment for bringing people with a focus on cultural heritage and science together and cooperate with other organizations in order to work on the preservation and education of wooden cultural heritage through building projects and video documentation.

The Stockmuehle (water mill) Reconstruction at WWD 2019 in Austria and the duplication of the Kileshwor Shiva Temple structure frame during WWD 2016 in Nepal are examples of such efforts of preservation. It is important to continue to raise awareness and to educate the public on the real value and goodness of wood and its related history, culture, and humanism.

Dr. Lee, together with Dr. Baumflek you coordinate the WP on Non-wood forest products. Can these products offer new opportunities for rural and indigenous people in many parts of the world?

Certainly! As global interest in specialty non-wood forest products increases, new opportunities emerge for rural and Indigenous peoples to sustainably manage, market and sell items to a broader audience.  In some areas, emphasis is being put on value-added products that provide communities with additional income-producing opportunities across the commodity chain. Social media and other online platforms can allow non-wood forest product producers to connect directly with buyers.

Simultaneously, non-wood forest products are important sources of food, medicine, and artisanal material within rural and Indigenous communities. They may also be imbued with spiritual and ceremonial significance, embedded in creation stories and repositories of local or Indigenous knowledges. Continued access and availability of non-wood species reinforces relations between people and place, and creates ongoing opportunities for cultural continuity, as practices are shared and strengthened across generations.

In addition to the traditional use of non-wood forest products, are there any truly innovative uses of non-wood forests products of economic or cultural importance? Can you name an example?

Non-wood forests products (NWFPs) have been focused on globally as one of the key products to enhance food and nutrition security, household incomes and biodiversity conservation for rural and indigenous people. In the past World Wood Day events, the innovative uses of NWFPs have been encouraged and demonstrated by the participating artists of the Wood Design Program from around the world with the collaboration of domestic artists in the host countries.

For example, the artworks which applied the ideas of recyclability and innovation with the native rattan and bamboo in Cambodia during the 2018 WWD event themed Life had successfully amazed both the participants and visitors with the creative ways in cultural performance, environmental concerns and the possibilities for the future production. The WWD event will continue to promote the innovative uses of NWFPs for both the economic and cultural purposes.

Dr. Rosen, Dr. Su and Dr. Lee, you all work for the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) and are involved in the organization of the World Wood Day (WWD) celebrations in the week of March 21, the International Day of Forests. In 2021 the World Wood Day theme is "CO2 & Wood". Can you give us a brief overview of what to expect at WWD 2021?

The WWD celebration is dedicated to the research, education, and promotion of global wood culture and to remind people wood is good and its responsible uses throughout the world and extends for about a week around the day of March 21. The celebration has been in a different country every year since 2013 with a different theme each year.

This year's theme, CO2 & Wood, relates to the importance forests and forest products have for storage of carbon to improve the balance of CO2 in the atmosphere. Various cultural programs in woodcarving, woodturning, wood design, architecture, music, furniture making, education, tree planting, as well as a multidisciplinary symposium are organized to focus and reflect on the theme. Because of the pandemic, this year's celebration will be virtual. Instead of all programs centralized within a week, tree planting, music and some crafts will be held bimonthly. This will allow more attention on the theme year-round, more people to attend, and better networking possibilities.

Mark your calendar!
2021 World Wood Day Virtual Symposium and Third IUFRO Forest Products Culture Colloquium with a focus on "CO2 & Wood: Carbon Capture and Storage in Forests, Wood and Non-Wood Products"- online on 21-22 March, involving IUFRO Division 5.00.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/
Research Group 5.15.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/51500/ and
Working Party 9.03.02 Forest culture, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90300/90302/
Find out more: 2021 World Wood Day Symposium http://www.worldwoodday.org/2021/regions_event/39

Greening and Land Degradation Neutrality in Dryland

Report from the 2020 International Virtual Forum (1-2 December), by Ho Sang KANG, Coordinator of IUFRO Research Group 1.10.00 - Long-term research on forest ecosystem management

Urgent greening and restoration of degraded forests and landscapes in drylands is essential if the global community is to deal with the challenges posed by desertification, food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss, among other negative trends.

Thirteen million hectares of forests are lost globally every year, and continuous land degradation in drylands has led to the desertification of an area of 3.6 billion hectares. The fact that 2 billion hectares of land are degraded has resulted in an annual loss of 24 billion tons of fertile soil and produced subsequent effects on 1.5 billion of land-dependent people globally.

The objectives of this forum were to share the current status of research and practice and to discuss on the future direction on greening the arid and semi-arid areas. It focused, in particular, on the drying up of the Aral Sea, which, together with a generally drier climate, is held responsible for the progressive desertification in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

Annually, 75 million tons to 125 million tons of toxic salt are carried through the air from the bottom of the Aral Sea along with dust, covering an area 40 km wide and 400 km long. For the development of the Aral Sea region and the drained bottom of the sea, it is necessary to develop forest plantations with drought-resistant trees (e.g., saxaul).

Dryland restoration should be approached at the landscape level, as the functionality and sustainability of drylands – both in ecological and socio-economic terms – more than anywhere else depend on the seasonal availability of limited resources such as water and biomass over large territories, and the long-distance movements and strategies that people, livestock and wildlife have developed over time to access them and ensure both ecological and socioeconomic sustainability.

With a view to the land issues faced by the Aral Sea, IUFRO would be an ideal platform for the exchange of scientific evidence needed and for fostering research collaboration among its members from different countries for greening and striving towards land degradation neutrality in dryland.

The online forum involved IUFRO Research Groups 1.10.00 and 1.06.00 - Restoration of degraded siteshttps://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-1/10000/10600/. It attracted about 100 participants from the Republic of Korea, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, China, Myanmar, India, Ethiopia, United State of America, and Canada. It was kindly hosted and/or supported by Asia Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO), Asia Forest Institute (Republic of Korea), National Institute of Forest Science (Republic of Korea), Research Institute of Forestry (Republic of Uzbekistan).

Proceedings can be downloaded here:

A side event entitled "International Drylands Greening Network" will be held under the sub-theme 1 (Turning the tide: reversing deforestation and forest degradation) during the 15th FAO World Forestry Congress in Seoul, Korea in 2022.

A cooperative project on greening drylands with the participating institutes or organizations in the forum and in collaboration with NIFoS and AFoCO is envisaged.

Webinar Series 2021: Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Bark and Woodboring Insects

Report from the Joint IUFRO WP 7.03.16 & 7.03.05 – Webinar Series by Jeremy Allison, Coordinator, WP 7.03.16 Behavior and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects

In light of the current pandemic, many scientific meetings have been cancelled. One of the most significant benefits of these meetings is our engagement with our science and colleagues. The primary objective of this webinar series is to outline the importance of the behavioral and chemical ecology of bark and woodboring insects, while providing a platform for these research communities to engage and network. To date a total of 571 people from 61 countries have registered for the webinar series.

The series comprises webinars on January 21, February 4, February 18, March 4, March 18, and April 1, 2021. They are virtual and presented online co-hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI), University of Pretoria; the Institute for Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection, BOKU; the Universidad de la República, Uruguay; INTA-CONICET. The webinars are kindly supported by FABI, University of Pretoria and the Canadian Forest Service.

The webinar on January 21, 2021 "Plant defense and biotic and abiotic stressors" – coordinated by Dr. Nadir Erbilgin with research talks given by Drs. Jennifer Klutsch, Ken Keefover-Ring and Don Cipollini provided an overview of plant responses to stress in general and looked at specific responses to the emerald ash borer, spruce beetle and mountain pine beetle.

The webinar on February 4, 2021 "Visual ecology of forest beetles" – coordinated by Dr. Johannes Spaethe with research talks given by Drs. Nathan Lord, Tom Baker and Davide Rassati provided an overview of beetle eye morphology and associated consequences and limitations for spatial and color vision in beetles and looked in detail at the visual ecology of Buprestidae, the role of elytral color in the mating behavior of Agrilus spp. and how survey and detection programs can exploit the visual ecology of woodboring beetles.

The webinars are recorded and posted at the WP 7.03.16:
YouTube channel:
Meeting website:https://www.fabinet.up.ac.za/index.php/event/IUFRO_WP_7.03.16

All IUFRO Units involved: WP 7.03.05 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70300/70305/ (Ecology and Management of Bark and Woodboring Insects – Drs. Juan Corley, Jessica Hartshorn and Dimitrios Avtzis) & WP 7.03.16 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70300/70316/ (Behavioral and Chemical Ecology of Forest Insects – Drs. Jeremy Allison, Andrés González and Sigrid Netherer). Special thanks are due to Mr. Quentin Guignard and Ms. Josephine Queffelec (both senior PhD students at FABI, University of Pretoria, for their support with the webinar series.

Latest News from the Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Programme

Extended Policy Brief on Forests and Poverty for Africa

Report by Dikshya Devkota, GFEP Project Manager

In November 2020, GFEP initiated the preparation of an Expanded Policy Brief for African Stakeholders on Forests, Trees, and Poverty Alleviation in Africa. One of the key messages of the global assessment report by the Expert Panel on Forests and Poverty states that policy and management measures that enable forests and trees to alleviate poverty need to be tailored to each specific context. Therefore, this regional policy brief will outline the most important scientific evidence of the nexus of forest, trees, and poverty in Africa, explain the context, and highlight key conclusions to support regional decision-making in Africa.

An interdisciplinary team of eight authors with expertise in Africa convened for the first meeting on 16 December 2020. This first meeting commenced the work and established the policy brief's focus and outline. The policy brief will highlight the evidence on the role of forests in poverty alleviation in Africa and the contextual and global factors that affect forest-poverty dynamics as well as present key messages and implications for decision-makers. The team of authors convened again on 15 January 2021 to discuss the annotated outline and are currently in the process of drafting the policy brief. Following the finalization of the draft and editing of the policy brief, GFEP will organize virtual stakeholder consultations with various regional actors involved in policymaking, civil society, and science in Africa. The comments and feedback from the consultations will be discussed and incorporated into the final version of the policy brief.

The Extended Policy Brief on Forests and Poverty for Africa is expected to launch in July 2021. The policy brief will be of particular relevance to various international and regional political processes in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The outcome of the policy brief is planned to be presented at the UN's High Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2021 and disseminated to relevant partners and stakeholders.

Find regular updates on the Policy Brief for Africa:

REDD+ Revisited

Report by Nelson Grima, GFEP Project Manager

The first project in the new IUFRO-GFEP product line of follow-up studies is off the ground! The follow-up studies shall take previously published global GFEP assessment reports as a reference point and update them based on latest available knowledge.

On January 29, the GFEP team met with a selected group of authors online and kicked off discussions on the preparation of a study on the outcomes and socio-ecological impacts of REDD+ (REDD+ refers to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) on forests, carbon, biodiversity and people. The new study revisits the 2012 IUFRO Global Assessment Report titled "Understanding Relationships between Biodiversity, Carbon, Forests and People: The Key to Achieving REDD+ Objectives" (IUFRO World Series Vol. 31) and aims to analyze how the implementation of the REDD+ mechanism has impacted the global context since 2012.

The virtual meeting served to establish the outline of the new assessment report with a view to answering the following questions: How have the governance and operationalization of REDD+ changed in the last couple of years? What are the outcomes and influences on carbon, biodiversity, and well-being of implementing REDD+? What challenges is the mechanism is facing? What are the lessons learnt and what are possible pathways into the future?

The report, which is expected to be launched in spring 2022, shall inform ongoing policy discussions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Preliminary outcomes will already be available this fall and will be of special relevance to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, and the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP16), the date of which has not yet been confirmed. The study shall also provide input to future sessions of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) and the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).

Visit: https://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/follow-up-studies/biodiversity-forest-management-and-redd-2021/

Restoring Native Forests in Argentina

Under the banner of Generation Restoration, the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) launched the Restoration Stewards program in 2020. The year-long program supports and highlights the work of six young restoration practitioners and their teams, provides funding, mentorship, and training to deepen the impact of these projects. IUFRO has been involved at all stages of the Restoration Stewards program, particularly also by mentoring one of the young practitioners: Analí Bustos from Argentina.

Analí Bustos and her team have dedicated their work to restoring "espinal" forests. These are dry, thorny native forests in the interior of Argentina. Espinal forests are counted among the most degraded forest ecosystems in the world. They feature deciduous xerophilous forests with great biological diversity. Being located in flat, fertile lands, they have been particularly affected by the expansion of agriculture. Nowadays, all that is left are small, relict forests which, for the most part, are excluded from the National Protected Areas System. Hence the imperative to conserve and restore them. (Source: https://www.globallandscapesforum.org/the-decade/restoration-stewards/)

IUFRO Officeholder Dr Sarah Burns, who is Analí's mentor together with Prof. Carolina Perez, both from the National University of La Plata, Argentina, explains:

"Our mentoring role consists mainly in assisting Analí in designing the restoration activities that she will carry out in her project, based on our previous experience with restoration and forest management in the Espinal region. The LISEA (Laboratorio de Investigacion de Sistemas Ecologicos y Ambientales), from the National University of La Plata, where both Prof. Carolina Perez and me are associated, has a long-standing research tradition on fragmentation, degradation, biodiversity, management and restoration in the Espinal ecoregion.

Based on our previous experience we have been assisting Analí in designing a first inventory in order to stratify the area based on degradation status, identifying the presence of native species and its regeneration. With this first stratification of the area, specific restoration measures will be established. Additionally, we will provide advice on how to build a nursery within the area for growing the native trees that will be planted in the area as part of an active restoration activity. We are also assisting Analí in getting the community involved in the project, with the aim of communicating the importance of these forests, and in order to encourage the replication of such activities in other areas. As part of our mentoring activity, we are meeting monthly with Analí."

Dr Burns is Coordinator of IUFRO WP 9.05.08 – Forest and natural resources policy and governance in Latin America and the Caribbean  https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90500/90508/, and Deputy Coordinator of RG 9.05.00 – Forest policy and governance https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90500/

Find out more about Analí Bustos's work and who the other five young Restoration Stewards are.

News from IUFRO Headquarters

We are proud to inform you about our two 'remote' Dare to Explore! trainees supporting IUFRO HQ from February to April 2021. Meet Hiromi Waragai and Junaid Peters!

"I am Hiromi Waragai, a third-year undergraduate student studying forest economics at Hokkaido University in Japan. I also belong to International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA), which has been expanding my view on forestry especially in the sense of internationality. I have a strong interest in the linkage between science and policy; during the internship at IUFRO, I hope to gain skills and knowledge on science communications with different stakeholders, which I believe will help interconnect science, policy, and the society even more strongly in the future."

"My name is Junaid Peters. I had recently graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Forest Science and Natural Resource Management at the University of Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa. I applied for this internship with the intention of expanding my understanding on Science-Policy Interlinkages in the forestry realm. I believe that this internship will aid in building a solid foundation for my career with regards to understanding the intricacies of environmental politics to not only develop solutions to global environmental issues, but also successfully implement the expected outcomes thereof."

The Dare to Explore! traineeship program https://ifsa.net/efi-ifsa-iufro-project/dare-to-explore/ is an integral part of the EFI-IFSA-IUFRO Capacity Development Project, which offers 4 specified, 3-months traineeship opportunities each year for 2019, 2020, and 2021. Since IUFRO did not have a DTE trainee in 2020, we are happy to have two now, both working from remote.


IUFRO News in its 50th Year

In this 50th volume of IUFRO News, some highlights of early issues will be presented to remember how it all began.
Issue 4, for example, was published in September 1973 and proudly reports about the growth of IUFRO Membership since World War II. While IUFRO counted 50 Member Organizations from 23 countries in 1948, membership has risen to 288 Member Organizations from 74 countries representing more than 9000 scientists in forestry, forest operations and forest products research.

IUFRO Division 6 - Social Aspects of Forests and Forestry: NEWSLETTER

Read about the outcomes of the latest Division 6 Officeholder's Virtual Meeting, get to know the new Working Party in Division 6 "Social return on investment: insights and lessons for forest governance" (WP 6.10.01), mark your calendar for the first webinar in a new series: Friday 19 March 2021 - "Forests, nature and public space during the global pandemic", or meet Division Deputy Coordinator Taylor Stein!

Find the newsletter here:  https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-6/60000/publications/
Also read our blog: https://blog.iufro.org/2021/02/15/meet-the-coordinator/

ETFRN News 60

This issue focuses on dryland restoration in the Sahel and the Greater Horn of Africa, where levels of poverty, land degradation and out-migration are acute.

It collates 36 articles from more than 100 contributors, including some long-term analyses of remarkable increases in tree cover and improved agricultural yields over large areas of the Western Sahel never published before, landscape restoration in Ethiopia, and examples from many other countries.

Download here: http://www.etfrn.org/publications

Invasive Species in Forests and Rangelands of the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis for the United States Forest Sector

Authors: Poland, Therese M.; Patel-Weynand, Toral; Finch, Deborah M.; Ford Miniat, Chelcy; Hayes, Deborah C.; Lopez, Vanessa M., eds. 2021. Springer International Publishing. 455p.

This open access book describes the serious threat of invasive species to native ecosystems. Invasive species have caused and will continue to cause enormous ecological and economic damage with ever increasing world trade. This multi-disciplinary book, written by over 100 national experts, presents the latest research on a wide range of natural science and social science fields that explore the ecology, impacts, and practical tools for management of invasive species.

Also read this New York Times Opinion article on invasive species with statements from former IUFRO Officeholder Dr Andrew Liebhold, Research Entomologist with the US Forest Service:

Important Insect Pests and Diseases of Pinus and Eucalyptus in Colombia

This new book co-authored by Professor Mike Wingfield, Immediate Past President of IUFRO, and FABI alumnus Dr Carlos Rodas provides a historical record of the health problems that Colombian Eucalyptus and Pinus tree plantations have experienced.

The book is available for free download from the FABI website:

Forest Tenure Pathways to Gender Equality: A Practitioner's Guide

By N.J. Jhaveri, published by CIFOR, 2021

This practitioner's guide explains how to promote gender-responsive forest tenure reform in community-based forest regimes. It is aimed at those taking up this challenge in developing countries.

Find out more: https://www.cifor.org/knowledge/publication/7909

Call for Contributions: Special Journal Issue on Smart Urban Forestry

Deadline for manuscript submissions:
Abstracts are due 15 April; and full papers 1 June 2021.

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". Special issue editors:  Sophie Nitoslawski, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia; Cecil Konijnendijk, Nature Based Solutions Institute.

Details: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/discover/nb-AUF_CallForSubSpecial_2021_Spread.pdf

Call for Submissions: Natural Resources Management in Tropical, Temperate and Boreal Forests

Deadline for manuscript submissions to this special issue of Forests: 1 April 2021

Guest editor: Pete Bettinger, School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, and Coordinator of IUFRO Research Group 4.04.00 – Forest management planning.

This Special Issue welcomes original research studies that describe advances in decision-making processes and analyses aimed at the active management of forests. Papers should have a practical or place-based issue at their core.

Details: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/special_issues/management_forests



Research Assistant / PhD Candidate Position
Apply by 3 March 2021
The Chair group of Forest and Nature Conservation Policy at the University of Göttingen in Germany seeks to fill a position of Research Assistant (PhD candidate) for a period of 3 years. The selected candidate should design a creative and original methodological approach to address an innovative research topic on "Foreign investments, forestland governance and the politics of inequality in the Congo basin".
Details: https://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/305402.html?cid=100814

Lecturer – Master of Urban Forestry Leadership
Apply by 15 March 2021
The Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (Vancouver Campus), Canada, invites applications for a Lecturer (term appointment). The successful candidate will principally lead the development, teaching and refinement of graduate courses in the course-based Master of Urban Forestry Leadership (MUFL) graduate program with additional teaching in other graduate and undergraduate programs as needed. Details: https://ubc.wd10.myworkdayjobs.com/ubcfacultyjobs/job/UBC-Vancouver-Campus/Lecturer---Master-of-Urban-Forestry-Leadership_JR1161

Two Postdoc Positions: Silviculture/Forest Health
Apply by 19 March 2021
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Alnarp, Sweden is inviting applications for two new postdoc positions. The projects are part of the research program Trees for the Future (T4F) in which the objective is to build strong research teams in strategic subjects in forest sciences. Details: https://www.slu.se/en/ew-news/2021/2/postdoktor-anstallning-skotsel-och-produktion-av-blandskogny-sida/

Assistant/Associate Professor of Silviculture
Closing date not indicated.
The College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI, USA, invites applications for the position of Assistant/Associate Professor of Silviculture.

Postdoctoral Position: Systems Genetics of Disease Resistance
Closing date not indicated.
A two-year postdoctoral researcher position is available within the Eucalyptus and Pine Pathogen Interactions group (EPPI), Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI). The ideal candidate should have a background in molecular biology and genetics and have an interest in plant pathology.
Details: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/discover/nb-EPPI-2021-Postdoc-Advert.pdf
Contact for applications: Dr Ronishree Mangwanda, ronishree.mangwanda(at)up.ac.za

PhD Student: Forest Resource Management
Apply by 16 April 2021
SLU, Alnarp in Sweden is looking for a strongly motivated candidate with an MSc degree in ecology, environmental sciences, forestry or equivalent for research on managing stand structure to restore mixed oak-dominated forests for conservation of biodiversity.
Contact: Magnus Löf, Professor, magnus.lof(at)lu.se
Details: https://www.slu.se/en/about-slu/work-at-slu/jobs-vacancies/


Continuing Education – Non-credit courses Summer 2021
The Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, is pleased to offer non-credit course options 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. Courses are taught at three levels: introductory (lower division undergraduate), intermediate (upper division undergraduate), and advanced (graduate). All participants that complete a course will receive a "Certificate of Completion."

Contact: FOR.forestce(at)msu.edu
Details: https://www.canr.msu.edu/for/continuing-education/

IUFRO Meetings

Search our online calendar for a full list of meetings:  https://www.iufro.org/events/calendar/current/  
Find non-IUFRO meetings on the IUFRO Noticeboard:  https://www.iufro.org/discover/noticeboard/  
Also search for forest-related events in GFIS at: https://www.gfis.net

Jan – Apr 2021
Webinar Series: Behavioural and Chemical Ecology of Bark and Woodboring Insects
IUFRO 7.03.05 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70300/70305/
IUFRO 7.03.16 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70300/70316/

March 04
Climate Change Effects on Bark Beetle Range Expansion, Community Associates and Outbreak Dynamics
Barbara Bentz, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

March 18
Behavioural and Invasion Ecology of Hylurgus ligniperda
Ecki Brockerhoff, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL

April 1
Chemical Ecology of Ips typographus – Norway spruce Interactions
Sigrid Netherer, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Recordings will be posted here:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE1bhBiFrYSbUSh09LipkZw
Contact: Jeremy Allison, jeremy.allison(at)canada.ca
Juan C. Corley, corley.juan(at)inta.gob.ar
Registration link:https://www.fabinet.up.ac.za/index.php/event/IUFRO_WP_7.03.16/

19 Mar 2021
IUFRO Division 6 Webinar Series:
Forests, Nature, and Public Space during the Global Pandemic

IUFRO 6.00.00 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-6/60000/
Contact: Cecil C. Konijnendijk van den Bosch, cecil.konijnendijk(at)ubc.ca

21-22 Mar 2021
2021 World Wood Day Virtual Symposium and the Third IUFRO Forest Products Culture Colloquium: CO2 & Wood: Carbon Capture and Storage in Forests, Wood and Non-Wood Products
Online, United States
IUFRO 5.00.00 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/
IUFRO 5.15.00 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/51500/
IUFRO 9.03.02 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90300/90302/
Contact: Howard N. Rosen, howard.rosen(at)usda.gov
Elisabeth Johann, elisabet.johann(at)aon.at

23-24 Mar 2021
EFUF Urban Forestry Days
IUFRO 6.00.00 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-6/60000/
Cecil C. Konijnendijk van den Bosch, cecil.konijnendijk(at)ubc.ca

12-14 Apr 2021
Forests in Women's Hands
Online from WALDCAMPUS Austria, Traunkirchen
IUFRO TF Gender Equality in Forestry https://www.iufro.org/science/task-forces/gender-equality-in-forestry/
Contact: info.2021(at)forstfrauen.at

28-29 Jun 2021
GreenRisk4ALPs Mountain Forest Conference
Online and Innsbruck, Austria
IUFRO 8.03.02 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-8/80000/80300/80302/
Contact: Michaela Teich, michaela.teich(at)bfw.gv.at

16-19 Aug 2021
MMV10: 10th International Conference on Monitoring and Management of Visitors in Recreational and Protected Areas
IUFRO 6.00.00 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-6/60000/
Cecil C. Konijnendijk van den Bosch, cecil.konijnendijk(at)ubc.ca

16-20 Aug 2021
2021 IBFRA Conference: Changing Boreal Biome – Identifying Emerging Trajectories and Assessing Vulnerability & Resilience of Boreal Ecosystems and their Socio-economical Implications
Online, United States
IUFRO 1.01.08 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-1/10000/10100/10108/
IUFRO 8.01.06 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-8/80000/80100/80106/
Contact: IUFRO Headquarters, office(at)iufro.org

23-26 Aug 2021
4th World Teak Conference
Accra, Ghana
IUFRO 5.06.02 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/50600/50602/
Contact: P. K. Thulasidas, pktdas(at)gmail.com

27-30 Sep (NEW DATE)
Joint Annual Meeting of the COFE and FORMEC
Virtual Meeting
IUFRO 3.00.00 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-3/30000/

Other Meetings

For more non-IUFRO meetings, please check the IUFRO Noticeboard:

12 March 2021
Global Forest Summit
Organized by Reforest'Action and Open Diplomacy
Contact: contact(at)globalforestsummit.org

19 March 2021
Nature at the Heart of a Global Circular Bioeconomy
Digital forum
EFI, CIFOR and ICRAF, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, GLF

19-20 May 2021
2021 Forest Genetics Student & PostDoc Symposium
Virtual Conference

3 Jun 2021
Restoring Africa's Drylands: Accelerating Action on the Ground
Global Landscapes Forum

IUFRO News Issue 2, 2021, published in early March 2021
by IUFRO Headquarters, Vienna, Austria.
Contact the editor at office(at)iufro(dot)org or visit https://www.iufro.org/

Imprint: https://www.iufro.org/legal/#c10402