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2024-02-29

IUFRO-Japan News No. 135

Read the latest issue of IUFRO-Japan News and learn more about the IUFRO World Congress to be held on 23-29 June 2024 in Stockholm, Sweden, IUFRO Research Group 3.08.00 and many other interesting things.

The IUFRO-Japan (IUFRO-J) Committee, http://www.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/labs/iufroj/index_Eng.html is an organization launched in 1970 to promote global and domestic partnerships in forest-related research; it cooperates with IUFRO Headquarters.

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Other Announcements

2024-06-10

Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition

The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition highlights the power of photography in capturing the scientific phenomena around us, and the role great images play in making science accessible to a wide audience. This year's competition will be held in collaboration with the Royal Photographic Society. Participants have the chance to win an overall prize of £1,000, a full Article Processing Charge (APC) waiver, and the opportunity to be featured on the cover of a Royal Society journal. All category winners will receive a certificate from the Royal Photographic Society and a one-year Royal Photographic Society Membership.

Publications

2024-06-25

World Series Vol. 44 – Global Teak Resources and Market Assessment 2022

The latest update on teak resources and markets was carried out with the support of IUFRO's network of scientists and TEAKNET experts. It shows that since the last FAO study in 2010, the area of natural and planted teak forests and the harvest of teak logs have increased and teak's share of the global timber market is growing.


Global Teak Resources and Market Assessment 2022
Walter Kollert, S. Sandeep, and M.P. Sreelakshmy.

With contributions by
Adzo Kokutse, Cristiane A.F. Reis, Nelly Grace Bedijo, Olman Murillo, and P.K. Thulasidas

IUFRO World Series Volume 44. Vienna. 92p.
ISBN 978-3-903345-27-0
ISSN 1016-3263

Published by:
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), 2024

Teak (Tectona grandis), the timber of kings, grows in some 80 countries in the tropics. In many of these it is considered a priority species for large-scale cultivation, and a valuable, fast-growing hardwood that offers the best opportunity to produce quality timber and provide a good livelihood for forest-dependent communities. As a result, planted teak forests have attracted significant investment from the corporate sector.

The Global Teak Resources and Market Assessment provides country-level information on teak for the year 2022. Teak resources were assessed using a standardized questionnaire sent to qualified experts with access to the required data. International trade in teak logs and sawtimber was assessed using the UN COMTRADE database, which publishes teak data based on official customs records since January 2022.

The report is a useful reference for assessing country situations and trends, which are further explored in brief profiles of the major teak-producing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. There is currently no better source of up-to-date information on teak resources and markets.

The area of natural teak forests has been estimated at 30,215 million ha, more than half of which is in Myanmar. It appears that the global area of natural teak forests has increased by 1,180 million ha (+4.1%) since 2010. The global area of planted teak forests is estimated at 4,854 million hectares, of which 80% is in Asia, 13% in Africa and 7% in Latin America. The data reported indicates that the global area of planted teak forests has increased by 507,000 hectares since the 2010 study. The report also looks at the potential environmental and social impacts of planted teak forests, which have long been controversial.
 

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Non-IUFRO Publications

2024-07-11

Seeing the Trees Without the Forest: What and How can Agroforestry and Urban Forestry Learn from Each Other?

Rita Sousa-Silva and colleagues have reviewed commonalities and differences between Agroforestry and Urban Forestry: Agroforestry and urban forestry have evolved mainly as separate disciplines, although they share a long history of tree cultivation in man-made environments. Here, they review their common threads, exploring how trees in both systems interact with and shape their environments. They examine common themes and methodologies – ranging from tree growth dynamics to environmental stressors, ecosystem services provision, and questions of governance – and identify opportunities for synergies between these fields. They emphasize the potential of agroforestry and urban forestry for enhancing multifunctional landscapes. Geographical divides in research are evident, with agroforestry predominantly studied in the Global South and urban forestry receiving more attention in the Global North. However, significant research gaps provide avenues for collaboration, for instance, addressing challenges in capturing the monetary and socio-cultural value of ecosystem services and environmental justice considerations. In light of the growing need for integrated approaches in addressing contemporary challenges, from climate change mitigation and adaptation to community well-being, our review explores what these research fields can learn from each other and provides recommendations for fostering greater interdisciplinary dialogue and new avenues for collaborations in a meaningful and synergistic manner, aiming to advance policy, research, and practice in agroforestry and urban forestry.

Position Announcements

2024-07-11

Academic Research Fellow in Forest Socio-economics // 1 September 2024

The Department of Forest Protection and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Forestry Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno, is looking for a motivated researcher to join a cutting-edge interdisciplinary research group dedicated to forest ecosystem research led by leading scientist, Professor Douglas L. Godbold. The team is studying the impacts of projected climate scenarios on Central European forests. The necessary data collection and practical research are carried out at the Masaryk Forest Enterprise in Křtiny, Czech Republic. The research position is funded by the five-year prestigious Horizon project EXCELLENTIA started in May 2023.

The successful candidate will work in the research fields of provision of ecosystem services perception, forest and human well-being, the social and economic implications of declining forest health. S/he will: - engage in research and teaching activities within the Czech Republic and on the EU level; - publish research results in high-impact journals; - supervise MA and PhD theses in the selected scientific domain; - teach MA-level and PhD-level courses; - participate in dissemination activities; - organise research and development activities; - build research collaborations inside the MENDELU and develop fruitful partnerships with research groups outside of MENDELU; - actively seek research and development funding and leading grant projects.

Institution:  Department of Forest Protection and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Forestry Wood Technology, Mendel University in Brno 
Duty station:  Brno, Czech Republic
Closing date:  1 September 2024 

Details:  https://www.researchjobs.cz/job/academic-research-fellow-forest-socio-economics/?language=en


IUFRO Meetings

2023-07-24

International Conference: The Forests Factor - More nature to fight climate change, and the role of protected areas

The international conference "The Forest factor" was held in Rome, Italy, on 6 and 7 June 2023, at the Roma Tre University, with the aim of placing the emphasis on the protection of forests, as an essential element in the fight against climate change, and on their vital importance for biodiversity, the carbon, water and energy cycles on a planetary scale.

Other Meetings/Events

2024-06-19

Forestry AI 4th Webinar - Robots in Forests

Can you imagine AI robots working in complex natural environments like forests one day to help us do various jobs? Join the Forestry AI 4th Webinar "Robots in Forests" to learn about cutting-edge research applying AI and robotics in woodlands! We invited Dr. Philippe Giguère from Université Laval, Dr. WOO Heesung from Oregon State University, and Dr. Matías Mattamala from the University of Oxford to present their innovative studies leveraging advanced AI and robotics technologies to boost the future of forestry!

Date:  17 July 2024, 10.00 - 11.59 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
Location:  online
Organizers:  Walter Yan, Forestry AI International Society

Details:  https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7206828147906945025/ 
Registration:  https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5cldeCgrToqGt1yn9xXj8F6q-j9O4gBcZGM#

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2024-07-11

Graduate Program in Forest Sciences (PPGCF) at UFRA

The Graduate Program in Forest Sciences (PPGCF) at the Federal Rural University of the Amazon (UFRA) currently accepts applications for master’s and doctoral programs. If you are passionate about forest research, this is your opportunity!

Selection Process Details:
Master's Program: 9 available positions
Doctoral Program: 12 available positions
Requirements: Bachelor's degree in fields related to Forest Sciences

Date:  2 September 2024 - 31 August 2026 (master) or 2028 (doctorate)
Location:  Belém, Pará, Brazil
Organizers:  Rodrigo Geroni, Federal Rural University of the Amazon - UFRA

Submit application by:  21 July 2024
Details at:  https://ppgcf.ufra.edu.br/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=172&Itemid=429


Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2023-06-20

New funding call for Climate-Smart Forestry projects opening soon

FORWARDS will launch around five grant calls with a total value of EUR 6 million to fund 50 projects to set up the ForestWard Observatory. In the first round of grant calls to be launched in July, five projects will be funded for establishing new Climate-Smart forestry and forest restoration trials. Each project will be granted with up to EUR 150,000. Successful applications will result in projects that are expected to commence around the beginning of 2024, with a duration of maximum 18 months. Subsequently during the year and until the project end, FORWARDS will launch many more calls to fund projects across different themes.

In case if you are an organisation working in Climate-Smart Forestry, watch out for the launch at the end of July. The call will be published on EFI’s grants webpage.

FORWARDS is an EU-funded project that will prototype the ForestWard Observatory, a pan-European monitoring and evaluation tool that will help in demonstrating the impact of climate change on forests, guiding decision-making for practical forests management. FORWARDS has received funding from the EU Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 101084481. The project started on 1 November 2022 and ends on 30 November 2027.

Details on the FORWARDS project:  https://forwards-project.eu/
Details on upcoming call:  https://efi.int/news/new-funding-call-climate-smart-forestry-projects-opening-soon-2023-06-20

Fellowship Programs

2014-09-04

Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship

Bioversity International established the Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo Fellowship for research on conservation and use of forest genetic resources in sub-Saharan Africa  to honour the memory and celebrate the work of Dr Abdou-Salam Ouédraogo. The Fellowship is awarded annually to a scientist from a university or national research institute in sub-Saharan Africa, with support from the CGIAR Research Program for Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. For more information, please visit: http://www.bioversityinternational.org/about-us/opportunities/fellowships/abdou-salam-ouedraogo-fellowship/.

Awards


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