Non-IUFRO Publications

Non-IUFRO Publications

2022-08-29

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.


2022-07-13

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.


2022-07-11

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.


2022-07-08

Agrinnovation - Where research and practice meet. 8/2022

Forests make up about 40% of the European Union’s total land area. They are unique habitats, a valuable natural resource, and important for rural livelihoods and national economies. Forest ecosystems capture and store carbon, purify our drinking water, prevent soil erosion, protect us from floods and landslides, promote leisure and recreation, and offer a habitat for plants and animals, in addition to providing timber and other products and services. In the context of the European Green Deal and the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, the new EU Forest Strategy for 2030 (adopted on July 16, 2021) recognises the central and multi-functional role of forests. The strategy also acknowledges the contribution of foresters and all others in the forest-based value chain to achieve a sustainable and climate-neutral economy by 2050 while ensuring that all forest ecosystems are restored, made resilient, and adequately protected.

In this issue:

  • EU Forest Strategy puts forest ecosystems on the path to recovery
  • Operational Groups: collaboration for forest innovation
  • Rosewood4.0: sustainable wood mobilisation using digital tools
  • Stronger skills for foresters through training and demonstration
  • EIP-AGRI Focus Groups update: mobile technology to prevent wolf attacks
  • Interreg Fem4Forest empowers women in forestry
  • SLOVENIA: Preserving biodiverse and productive forest edges
  • AUSTRIA: Knowledge network helps agroforestry branch out
  • FRANCE: Local value chain with wood from on-farm hedgerows

Details:  https://bit.ly/3Ilm1Eg 


2022-07-07

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


2022-07-06

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 FløistadDr. Chloe Gendre
Details:  https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/special_issues/Christmas_Trees_Climate
Author instructions:  https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/instructions


2022-06-21

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.


Details: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/discover/nb-CFA-Newsletter-June-2022.pdf


2022-06-13

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 forestist.org 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
Details:  https://forestist.org/EN  


2022-05-25

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.


2022-05-23

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
Details:  https://www.mdpi.com/journal/land/special_issues/land_bioeconomy


2022-03-28

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

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/gcb.16155


2022-03-24

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)
Details:  https://www.journals.elsevier.com/trees-forests-and-people/call-for-papers/continuous-cover-forestry-opportunities-for-changing-forests


2022-03-07

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


2022-02-21

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)
Details:  https://www.mdpi.com/journal/forests/special_issues/restoration_conservation 


2021-12-07

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
Details:  https://bit.ly/3rHQINN


2021-11-23

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.