IUFRO News Vol. 52, Issue 1, January 2023

What are appropriate response measures to address future and diverse demands on forests? What will the new IUFRO Task Force on Precision Pest Management (PPM) in Forest Ecosystems do? Find answers in this issue!

Science has a major role to play in embracing the complexity of the challenge of meeting future and diverse demands on forests. This includes the development of management strategies in the local context and the communication of the latest evidence and data for diverse audiences. Participants of the 2nd Think Tank Meeting of the IUFRO-Mondi Partnership representing science, forest industry and policy discussed and identified a series of response options to meeting these demands.

There are numerous new and emerging technologies that allow for novel opportunities and greater precision in forest pest management. These technologies allow for the development of much more accurate tools for pest management than has ever before been possible and have led to the emergence of an approach defined as Precision Pest Management (PPM). A new IUFRO Task Force will explore and develop the concept of PPM across the continuum of forest ecosystems (e.g., natural, planted, urban forests).

Two IUFRO delegates participated at the 15th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-15). Along with representing the forest science community in the meeting, IUFRO confirmed its intent to continue providing scientific knowledge on key forest-related issues to CBD’s member states and key stakeholders via two written statements. Also, background information and preliminary findings of the GFEP assessment on Forests and Human Health to be launched online on 21 March 2023 were shared.

Read reports from a series of successful IUFRO physical and online meetings, learn about new publications and upcoming events, and much more!


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