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2023-02-20

IUFRO-JAPAN NEWS No. 133

The January 2023 issue of IUFRO-Japan News features: - a Participation Report on the ALL-IUFRO CONFERENCE 2022 KOHSAKA Ryo, The University of Tokyo; - a Report on IUFRO OKINAWA 2022: Progress in Small-scale Forestry beyond the Pandemic and Global Climate Change MAEDA Chiharu, University of Hyogo; - a Participation Report on the IUFRO Okinawa 2022 HAYAFUNE Masato, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; - Participation Report on the IUFRO Conference Division 7 – Forest Health, Pathology and Entomology Lisbon 6-9 September 2022 NAKAMURA Katsunori, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; - Report on Participation in the 5th International Conference on Radioecology & Environmental Radioactivity in 2022 KOMATSU Masabumi, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute; - Information of "XXVI IUFRO World Congress 2024"; and - a Notice from the Secretariat.

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

2022-04-21

VisitAnts Ukraine Funds

These exceptional scholarships are awarded to Ukrainian scholars to enable them to carry out scientific research on environmental change and biodiversity loss, and/or human socio-cultural responses to them at the University of Oulu. Funding covers living costs in, and travel to/from Oulu, and is currently available for stays of up to six months. Open to researchers holding a PhD or currently enrolled in a doctoral programme. Grantees will work in Oulu, conducting research on environmental change and biodiversity loss, and/or human socio-cultural responses to them. For an application, a CV and a 2000-word research plan are required.

Deadline for application:  None - applications will be considered in order of when they are received.

Details and link to application portal:  https://beta.oulu.fi/en/news/visitants-ukraine-funds
Details about the programme providing this funding:  https://www.oulu.fi/en/biodiverse-anthropocenes?msclkid=09cae3dcc13311ecbeed98e21c3e1826

Publications

2024-02-06

Branching out - Episode 5, February 2024

In this episode of Branching Out: the forest podcast, we take you on a captivating 30-minute exploration into the role of forests in shaping sustainable societies. This edition, featuring extended content, offers a deeper dive into the connections between nature, people, and sustainable development.


Hosted by Jose Bolaños from IUFRO HQ and co-hosted by Yasmeen Sands from the USDA Forest Service and Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO's Communication and Public Relations Working Party, our podcast delves into four distinct sections, each shedding light on crucial aspects of the IUFRO World Congress theme "Forests for Sustainable Societies". From nature-based solutions (NBS) and links between forests and human health to power and equity in the forest sector and the complexity of forest governance, this episode unravels the multifaceted tapestry of challenges and opportunities for sustainable societies.

Unlike our typical 20-minute episodes, this extended edition allows for a more comprehensive exploration of each topic. The extra minutes give more time for conversations with the experts, providing additional insights, research findings, and practical solutions to the challenges our societies face.

The podcast kicks off with the concept of nature-based solutions, exploring how forests and green spaces contribute to addressing climate change and which impact they have on cities. Harini Nagendra, Director of the Azim Premji University Research Center and leader of the University’s Center for Climate Change and Sustainability (and keynote speaker at the 26th IUFRO World Congress, 23-29 June in Stockholm) guides us through her work on conservation in forests and cities of the Global South from the perspective of both landscape ecology and social justice.

The second segment focuses on the role of forests, green spaces, and trees in human health and well-being. Cecil Konijnendijk, Director of the Nature Based Solutions Institute, chaired the Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) on Forests and Human Health, a joint initiative of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) led by IUFRO’s Science-Policy Programme. In 2023 the panel published a major study on the relationship between forests and human health. Cecil, who is also a Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO’s Division 6 - Social Aspects of Forests and Forestry, shares valuable insights on how forests contribute significantly to human health and well-being at all the different life stages.

Our third segment navigates the critical terrain of power and equity in the forest sector. Judith Kamoto, a member of the GFEP on forests and poverty from the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi and Deputy Coordinator of the African forest politics and governance Working Party of IUFRO, joins the conversation, shedding light on the importance of inclusivity in forest-related sector.

The podcast concludes with an exploration of forest governance. Mónica Gabay, Coordinator of IUFRO Division 9 - Forest Policy and Economics and co-author of the GFEP forests and poverty report provides a nuanced understanding of topics such as land tenure, conflicts, human rights, and equitable benefit sharing.

Listen to the extended episode wherever you enjoy your podcasts and gain a deeper understanding of the intricate relationship between forests and sustainable societies! And stay tuned for the season finale, where we explore the topic of forests for the future!

We invite you to tune in to the Branching Out: the forest podcast. Listen wherever you enjoy your podcasts,  on Spotify and Apple Podcasts or here our website, and don't forget to subscribe, rate and review!
 

Non-IUFRO Publications

2023-11-14

Forestry in the Face of Global Change: Results of a Global Survey of Professionals

Forests support most global terrestrial biodiversity and contribute to the livelihood of billions of people, but these and other benefits are in jeopardy due to global change. This leads to questions, such as how to address the challenges of global change in forest management, given the lack of knowledge and deep uncertainty about future developments. In addition, many of the impediments to implement adaptation strategies are unknown.

This publication presents an overview of results from a global survey of 754 forestry professionals (370 researchers and educators, 227 practicing foresters, 37 policy makers, 64 administrators, and 56 with other or unspecified roles) from 61 countries across 6 continents who were interested in global change issues. These professionals were asked about their opinion regarding three different adaptation strategies: resist, adapt, and transform. Most respondents agreed that the majority of global change factors will negatively influence the ability of forests to provide desired ecosystem services. Similarly, they agreed about major challenges when implementing adaptation strategies, and specifically whether our current knowledge base is sufficient. These concerns were not limited to ecological aspects, but respondents also highlighted the need for a better appreciation of social/political and economic barriers, especially regarding transformation strategies. In addition, the response patterns, including differences due to economic status, highlight the importance of developing and evaluating adaptation strategies in a local social–ecological context.

Authors:  Austin Himes · Jürgen Bauhus · Shankar Adhikari · Saroj Kanta Barik · Hugh Brown · Andreas Brunner · Philip J. Burton · Lluís Coll · Anthony W. D’Amato · Jurij Diaci · Yonten Dorji · Ernest G. Foli · David J. Ganz · Jefferson S. Hall · Rodney Keenan · Yuanchang Lu · Christian Messier · Ian Munanura · Daniel Piotto · Thomas Seifert · Douglas Sheil · Ekaterina Shorohova · Kibruyesfa Sisay · Daniel Soto · Hiroshi Tanaka · Peter Umunay · Alejandro Velázquez‑Martínez · Klaus J. Puettmann
 
Details at:  https://doi.org/10.1007/s40725-023-00205-1

Position Announcements

2024-03-20

Lecturer in Forestry // 4 April 2024

The Institute of Science and Environment. University of Cumbria, is seeking to recruit a Lecturer in Forestry who has broad knowledge of forestry from a practical and/or academic perspective. The Institute would particularly welcome applications from candidates with experience of forest management and with strong links to the forestry sector. This could be an opportunity for an industry professional looking for a career change or a new challenge to share their experience and skills with our students. The Institute would be happy to consider job share/part time applications for this post. Prior experience of teaching in higher education is not essential. For those new to teaching, the University offers a PgC in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education.

The National School of Forestry, situated within IoSE, has been delivering applied professional forestry courses for over 50 years and has a growing portfolio of research and knowledge exchange projects with colleagues in the wider Institute. The School has strong links to the sector and its professional bodies. The successful candidate will join the forestry team which comprises a combination of forestry academics and those with a professional forest management background, enabling the School to blend theory, forestry research, and real-world application throughout its provision. The National School of Forestry delivers professional forestry courses at undergraduate level (BSc and Degree Apprenticeship) and is keen to continue developing its portfolio of courses to meet the needs of the profession in this country and internationally, responding to social, economic and environmental forces in the forestry sector.

The successful candidate will join in the delivery of our existing programmes and contribute to the design and delivery of future planned postgraduate and CPD developments, making the most of the opportunities offered by the location at the University's Ambleside campus.

Institution:  Institute of Science and Environment, University of Cumbria
Duty Station:  Ambleside, UK
Closing date:  4 April 2024, 23:59 hours BST

Details:  https://jobs.cumbria.ac.uk/vacancy.aspx?ref=XX100723-R


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

2024-02-14

Webinar: The roots of innovation – setting the course for innovation and sustainable growth in the forest sector

FOREST EUROPE is organizing a webinar, "The roots of innovation – setting the course for innovation and sustainable growth in the forest sector." This will be in the run-up to the International Day of Forests 2024, whose theme is 'Forests and Innovation.' The webinar is specifically for you if you are a member of the FOREST EUROPE signatories, observer organizations and countries, private sector, industry, students, research organizations, or just an interested person in innovation. Join FOREST EUROPE as they engage with policymakers, practitioners, and start-ups to tackle different aspects of innovations with the goal of raising awareness around the topic and giving visibility to the innovations in the sector as they address policy gaps.

Date:  14 March 2024, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm CET
Location:  online
Organizers:  FOREST EUROPE

Details:  https://foresteurope.org/event/the-roots-of-innovation-setting-the-course-for-innovation-and-sustainable-growth-in-the-forest-sector/ 

University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars

2024-02-06

Summer School: Blue-green biodiversity. Research and practice at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

Freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems are closely interconnected, but they are often studied in isolation from each other. In the context of global change, it is urgent to understand how blue (water) and green (land) ecosystems are similar or different in terms of biodiversity patterns, ecological and evolutionary processes, and their responses to global drivers. Evidence-based understanding of blue-green biodiversity is necessary to inform policies and action to halt and reverse nature loss that threatens human well-being. The goal of the "Summer School: Blue-green biodiversity. Research and practice and the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems" is to provide an in-depth understanding of the linkages between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the interdependencies between social and ecological systems. While focusing on Swiss habitats, a highlight will be placed on an integrated approach that considers the ecological, evolutionary, and social dimensions of blue and green ecosystems benefits the conservation, maintenance, and restoration of biodiversity.

Date:  28-31 August 2024
Location:  Davos, Switzerland
Organizers:  WSL Biodiversity CenterBlue-Green Biodiversity Research Initiative 

Submit applications by: 15 May 2024

Details at:  https://biodiversitycenter.wsl.ch/en/events/detail/summer-school-blue-green-biodiversity-2024/


Fellowships/Scholarships/Research Funding

2024-01-31

Society of American Foresters - 2024 Gregory Award Application Open // 19 March 2024

The Gregory Award commemorates the legacy of G. Robinson (Bob) Gregory by bringing outstanding international students and early-career professionals to the annual SAF National Convention to engage with SAF members, students, and professionals from across the United States. Through this experience, awardees expand their professional networks, explore career development opportunities, and become international ambassadors for SAF. The Gregory Award is a yearly scholarship that is provided to a student or early-career professional (within 5-years of graduation) from a World Bank Designated low-income, lower-middle income, or upper-middle income country. The awardee is provided with complimentary registration to the SAF National Convention that year, as well as a $3000 scholarship to be utilized for travel, field tour/workshop registrations, as well as other needs while the Awardee is in the United States. Applicants must be able to attend the 2024 SAF National Convention in Loveland, Colorado, USA, 17-20 September 2024.

Organization:  Society of American Foresters
SAF National Convention:  https://eforester.org/Safconvention2024
Submit application by:  19 March 2024

Learn more and apply at:  https://www.eforester.org/Main/Community/Scholarships/Gregory_Award.aspx
Contact:  Autumn Ford, aford(at)safnet.org

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


IUFRO Awards

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Non-IUFRO Awards

2024-02-16

André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy // 29 February 2024

Nominations for the André Mischke YAE Prize are now open. The Young Academy of Europe Prize, first introduced in 2017, is awarded annually to early to mid-career professionals in recognition of their outstanding achievements and contributions to key areas of the YAE. In 2019, the YAE Prize was renamed the ‘André Mischke YAE Prize for Science and Policy’ in honour of the YAE Founding Chair, André Mischke.

The prize is awarded to support and promote: - science; - evidence-informed policymaking; - science communication; - future generation scientists and scholars in Europe.

Submit nominations by:  29 February 2024

Details at:  https://yacadeuro.org/prize/ 
Contact:  yae-prize(at)yacadeuro.org