IUFRO Announcements


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, 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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Latin America Regional Survey on Innovation in the Wood Value Chain

FAO and Reforestamos Mexico are aiming at identifying innovative forest centers within Latin America. This initiative seeks to strengthen the development of capacities among the young populations (between 14 and 20 years old) of the region who are about to choose their profession or are already at the upper middle level. You are invited to complete the survey available in English, Spanish and Portuguese. This survey is aimed at professionalization and forestry technification centers (prevocational and vocational) and/or universities that have this type of center. Thank you for your participation!



International Forest Governance: Trends, drawbacks, and new approaches. A critical review

The Policy Brief summarizes the key messages of the report "International Forest Governance: A critical review of trends, drawbacks, and new approaches", and includes examples of forest governance alternatives for the future. The following key findings are highlighted:

  • The former dominant concept of a centralized International Forest Governance (IFG) in the form of legally binding, or non-legally binding intergovernmental agreements has continued to shift towards a more pluralistic understanding to IFG.
  • A major critique of IFG is its 'limited effectiveness', particularly in reference to its failure to adequately address deforestation, forest emissions, and biodiversity loss. Yet, IFG is still presented as the dominant solution to this problem, resulting in an 'Olympics' of pledges and targets.
  • Forest-related finance for IFG has increased in complexity, with constantly emerging new policy instruments, incentives, standards, and targets in a wide variety of forms. This growing complexity is supported by actors and institutions with interests in short-term economic gain, rather than sustainability and a transition towards just forest governance. Alternative finance remains rare.
  • In the past decade, a 'climatization' of the forest governance discourses has taken place, which becomes evident in the growing public and private forest carbon markets.
  • Formerly, the critiques to IFG were focused on technical aspects, but a 'critical critique' point of view is gaining traction following approaches such as political ecology and critical policy analysis. This form of critique addresses social problems such as power asymmetries, justice, post-colonialism, or exclusion. Often, this critique focuses on uncovering underlying power relations rather than offering specific suggestions for political solutions.

One major conclusion from this assessment is that the complexity of international forest governance is steadily increasing, and further efforts to coordinate actors and arrangements at all levels are urgently needed.

Editors: Nelson Grima, Daniela Kleinschmit and Christoph Wildburger

Published by International Union of Forest Research Organizations (2024)

ISBN 978-3-903345-29-4

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Non-IUFRO Publications


Call for Submissions: Forests are more than trees and communication is more than words: inter- and transdisciplinary research about effective multi-stakeholder communication in Germany

Submissions are invited for a Special Issue of 'Forest Policy and Economics'.

Forests are the focus of attention for multiple stakeholders with differing demands. Forest policy research points out that communication is crucial for effective stakeholder and conflict management. However, most research done so far in forestry-related science misses to point out which aspects make communication better and more effective. This Special Issue will draw upon scientific, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, combining perspectives from social science, interpersonal communication, public relations, linguistics and media analysis with existing forest policy research. The combined findings will provide a differentiated picture of the "how", "what" and "to which effect" of public communication on forest issues in Germany.

Deadline for manuscript submissions:  31 May 2024
Guest editors:   Prof. Norbert Weber, Ms. Sandra Liebal, Ms. Josephine Köhler, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany; Ms. Lena Riemann, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany

Position Announcements


(Senior) Researcher / Expert on Sustainability Impact Assessment

The Bioeconomy Programme of the European Forest Institute (EFI) is seeking a (Senior) Researcher / Expert on Sustainability Impact Assessment. The (Senior) Researcher / Expert will work in the Sustainable Markets and Society team, and will participate in collaborative projects and research proposals of relevance to EFI’s Bioeconomy Programme. The position focuses on developing and piloting sustainability impact assessment (SIA), life-cycle analysis (LCA), biodiversity footprinting methods together with research and practice partners, and mainstreaming these approaches to sustainability strategies and sustainable business models in forest-related sectors. The (Senior) Researcher / Expert will also be expected to: - Contribute to developing research funding applications: - Support project management (contents, finances, reporting): - Lead and contribute to scientific articles, reports, policy briefs and other publications: - Present and communicate research results to decision makers, researchers, and stakeholders, and the general public: - Supervise the work of trainees and junior researchers.

Institutions:  Bioeconomy Programme, European Forest Institute (EFI)
Duty station:  Joensuu, Finland
Closing Date:  not indicated


IUFRO Meetings


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


Webinar on Nature-based solutions for integrated wildfire risk management

The webinar will feature presentations from three speakers, providing a broad vision of the role of nature-based solutions in wildfire risk management. The aim is to gain insights into the conflicts, but most importantly, the synergies between the two concepts. Adrián Regos from the Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia will begin by connecting and framing fire-smartness as a part of integrated wildfire risk management within nature-based solutions. Following him, Kilian Heil from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions, and Water Management will address lessons learned around the topic of nature-based solutions applied to other hazards, particularly through the example of protective forests in Austria. Next, Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer from IIASA will discuss how insurance can enable nature-based solutions for wildfires. The webinar will conclude with a panel discussion among the speakers and the opportunity for questions from the public. It will be moderated jointly by Juan Picos from the University of Vigo and Marta Serra, from Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia.

Date:  29 May 2024, 10:00-12:00 CEST
Location:  online
Organizers:  Firelogue - WG_Environ

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University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


MSU Forestry Non-credit Courses for Summer 2024

The Michigan State University Department of Forestry is pleased to offer the following non-credit course options for Summer 2024 for individuals interested in online learning. These courses are a great fit for those looking to expand their knowledge on topics of forestry outside of a degree-granting program.

Forest Biogeochemistry and Climate Change
Session 1: May 13 – June 27
Biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nutrients within forest ecosystems. Disturbance, harvesting and forest management effects on the exchange of greenhouse gases between forest ecosystems and the atmosphere.
Contact: Akihiro Koyama, koyamaak(at)
Cost: $865
Level: Advanced

Michigan’s Forests
Session 1: May 13 – June 27
Ecological, social and economic roles of Michigan’s forests in historic and contemporary context. Geographic similarities and differences in forest resources.
Contact: Jarred Saralecos, saraleco(at)
Cost: $600
Level: Introductory

Introduction to Forestry
Session 2: July 1 – August 15
Historical development of forestry. Forest growth, protection, management, and products. Relationship of national and world economy and policy to forestry.
Contact: Jarred Saralecos, saraleco(at)
Cost: $600
Level: Introductory

Organizers: Department of Forestry, Michigan State University
Deadline for application:  The enrollment deadline is the first day of the course.

Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding


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.

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Fellowship Programs


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:


IUFRO Awards

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Non-IUFRO Awards


BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Awards recognize and encourage world-class research and cultural creation, prizing contributions of singular impact for their originality and significance. Candidates may be one or more natural persons of any nationality, without limitation of number, that have made independent or convergent contributions to a given advance, whether due to a formal collaboration (with the nominees belonging to one or more groups) or parallel working. The awards are also open to scientific or cultural organizations that can be collectively credited with exceptional contributions to scientific knowledge, cultural creation, the fight against climate change or the conservation of the natural environment.

Organization:  BBVA Foundation
Submit nomination by:  30 June 2024, 16:00 GMT