IUFRO News, Volume 51, Issue 9, 2022

All-IUFRO Conference Calls for More Dialogue, Diversity and Breaking Down of Silos

The first ever All-IUFRO hybrid conference took place from 21-23 September in Vienna, Austria, under the title "Forests in a Volatile World – Global Collaboration to Sustain Forests and Their Societal Benefits". The event brought together more than 160 participants on site and almost 580 participants online, representing 85 countries.

Session recordings, abstracts, presentations, etc. will be available on the Conference website:

The Conference, which was preceded by the IUFRO Board Meeting and a field trip to two forest sites south of Vienna, was kindly supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management (BML), the National Institute of Forest Science of the Republic of Korea (NIFoS), the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Eva Mayr-Stihl Stiftung, and the Federal Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation of Germany (BMZ). In addition to the exchange of scientific knowledge and experience, the event offered ample opportunities for mentoring and networking - and a great field trip and dinner!

Opening remarks were delivered by IUFRO President John Parrotta, IUFRO Host Country Representative Maria Patek (BML) and Conference Scientific Committee (CSC) Chair Don Hodges, followed by two inspiring keynote speeches.

IUFRO Vice-President Daniela Kleinschmit, University of Freiburg, Germany, took the audience on a time travel through the jungle of international political negotiations from the 1970s to the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 15 - Life on Land. She made it clear that the slogan 'Plant a tree and heal the world!', which seems to be all over the place these days, does not come out of the blue, and nor do the SDGs.

Florian Kraxner, principal research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), focused his keynote talk on the future of forests, global challenges and local opportunities. He pointed out that all forests are at risk, citing a newly published climate risk analysis of the world's forests. But there are also opportunities such as citizen science, which is an excellent and cost-effective tool to collect important data.

The first session on 22 September addressed the many close relationships between "Forests and Human Health" - from providing urban residents with restorative spaces and cool spots during heatwaves to the role forests play in the livelihoods of rural and forest-dependent communities - and looked at them from "A One-Health Perspective". Members of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Human Health, https://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/gfep-initiative/panel-on-forests-and-human-health/, shared preliminary findings of a global assessment that will be published in the first trimester of 2023.

According to Panel Chair Cecil C. Konijnendijk van den Bosch, Nature Based Solutions Institute, there is a need for a much better integration of health aspects in forest and other policies, and a need for society to better connect to nature, because healthy forests are necessary for people to be healthy as well!

The second session was titled "A Forest-based Bioeconomy". While the primary focus of bioeconomy strategies has been to reduce dependence on fossil fuels by using woody biomass more efficiently, a forest-based bioeconomy is certainly more than that. In her talk on "The role of the forest sector in transition to a bio-based, circular economy" panelist Alicja Kacprzak, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO), Switzerland, highlighted the importance to secure sustainability at the start and at the end of the respective value chains.

There is no circularity without sustainable forest management, and it is also crucial to close the loop with post-consumer waste, to better manage what happens to the wood at the end of the value chain; for this to happen it is important to break down silos and communicate better with other sectors and groups of society.

The session on "Forest Degradation and Restoration" reported instances of forest degradation and how these have been addressed via landscape restoration measures or transformative actions. In this context, Gillian Petrokofsky, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, highlighted the importance of terminology, as it is often not so clear what specific terms related to nature-based approaches really encompass. In her presentation she reviewed the various approaches of implementing forest-related nature-based approaches, from afforestation to forest landscape restoration.

The subsequent discussion centered on questions such as: What can we learn from each other from the forest mortality and forest restoration fields? How can we make forest landscape restoration more successful? A major challenge identified is how to involve landowners and other stakeholders in restoration activities. To this end, context, communication and terminology are essential!

On 23 September the All-IUFRO Conference continued with the session "Gender (un-)equal networking of IUFRO: Creating new spaces and thinking". Gun Lidestav, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, presented the work of the IUFRO Task Force on Gender Equality in Forestry, aiming to foster the growth and professional development of unrepresented voices and perspectives in forestry. She made it clear that representation matters. IUFRO needs to consider how gender imbalance impacts the performance and act accordingly.

Gender equality – not restricted to binary - is a task and challenge for everybody! Everyone in IUFRO should engage in issues of equality, inclusion, and, more broadly, in strengthening geographic and cultural diversity.

One of the steps that IUFRO has now taken into this direction is to introduce dual leadership of Divisions. This means that in future there will be two Division Coordinators, and one of them must be either female or come from an underrepresented region of the world.

Diversity was also at the center of the session "Forest Genetic Resources for Future Resilient Forests". Keynote speaker Stephen Cavers, Ecology Evolution and Environmental Change, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, pointed out that genetically diverse populations offer a high potential for selection for diverse purposes. There is a need to make best use of the genetic diversity available, but the challenge often is to identify genetic diversity. The session also discussed the role of tree breeding, which is considered as a very useful tool not only for wood production, but also for the adaptation to stressful environments, and breeding trees of high resistance to diseases to improve forest resilience, for example.

It is important to understand that tree breeding does not necessarily have to involve the development of a large-scheme and costly program, it can be done at a small scale and with low input. This understanding should be promoted more widely.

The "Forest and Water" session started with a presentation by Irena Creed, Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada, highlighting the role of forests for fresh water supply. She pointed out that tensions over fresh water supply are rising, and severe water shortages are anticipated in the next few years in many regions of the world. Water availability per person will decrease considerably in many areas. She also referred to the global assessment report on forest and water interlinkages published by the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forest and Water https://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/gfep-initiative/panel-on-forests-and-water/ in 2018.

The discussion underlined the importance of balancing functions and services of forests and putting everything in a local context. There is a need to learn more about how to communicate between different parts of the world in order to develop the right options for the right places.

The wrap-up session recapped the main messages of each of the sessions and looked at realistic ways of moving forward in a rapidly changing world where the demands and expectations of forests to "fix everything" have never been higher. It must be acknowledged that there are no perfect solutions, and that forest science should support optimization instead, as everything is context-dependent and there will always have to be trade-offs. In conclusion, it is essential to see the bigger picture, to connect the dots, and to always include the local people.


In the closing ceremony of the Conference three Distinguished Service Awards were handed over by Elena Paoletti, the chair of the IUFRO Honours and Awards Committee (HAC), for outstanding and valuable services to IUFRO.

The three recipients are:
Ladislav Paule, former Professor of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding at the University of Forestry and Wood Technology in Zvolen, Slovakia, and IUFRO Division 2 Coordinator
Eero Mikkola, Luke, Finland, Coordinator of the Global Forest Information Service (GFIS) until 2021
Renate Prüller, Austria, Coordinator of the IUFRO project SilvaVoc for multilingual forest terminology

See You at the IUFRO World Congress 2024!

The All-IUFRO Conference offered an excellent opportunity for promoting the XXVI IUFRO World Congress 2024 to be held from 23 to 29 June 2024 in Stockholm, Sweden. Members of the Congress Organizing Committee provided Conference delegates with ample information at the Congress booth and invited them most cordially to become "Congress Ambassadors" by telling all their colleagues and interested audiences about the Congress. Also, the Congress logo was officially presented.

Nominations for Congress Awards!
At the IUFRO World Congress outstanding scientific achievements and contributions to forestry will be recognized with a range of awards. IUFRO is pleased to invite nominations for suitable candidates for the various categories of awards. The deadline for submission of nominations will be 15 May 2023.

How to submit your award nomination:

Welcome to the Congress website: https://iufro2024.com/
Make sure to submit your session proposal by 13 October 2022: https://iufro2024.com/session-proposals

Hot Off the Press! Global Assessment of Forest Education

Education is essential for safeguarding natural resources, including forests, for future generations. This is one of the key messages of a new and comprehensive "Global Assessment of Forest Education" that examines the status of forest education and identifies much needed actions. The assessment, which was jointly carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), was presented on 4 October 2022 in the framework of the 26th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry in Rome, Italy.

The report is based on the results of the 2020 Global Forest Education Survey, supplemented by findings of six regional assessment reports on forest education, carried out under the project, "Creation of a Global Forest Education Platform and Launch of a Joint Initiative under the Aegis of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests".

Link to media releasehttps://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/media/press-releases/global-assessment-of-forest-education-press-release.pdf
Link to the online reporthttps://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/cc2196en
Watch the video of the presentationhttps://youtu.be/HzEN8pQWyYo

Citation: Mika Rekola and Terry L. Sharik 2022. Global Assessment of Forest Education. Forestry Working Paper, No. 32. Rome. FAO

Managerial Forest Economics and Accounting as a Base for Decision Making in a Changing World

Report by Lydia Rosenkranz, Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 4.05.01 Managerial, social, and environmental accounting, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40500/40501/ and Lidija Zadnik Stirn, Coordinator of IUFRO Research Group 4.05.00 Managerial Economics and Accounting https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40500/

5-7 September 2022, Hamburg, Germany
Meeting website:

This IUFRO 4.05.00 conference on 5-7 September 2022 in Hamburg, Germany, was the scientific event in forest managerial economics and accounting. First arrangements for this conference started in 2021 at the RG 4.05.00 annual conference in Brno, Czech Republic, where delegates decided to meet at Thünen Institute of Forestry, Hamburg, Germany, in 2022.

The conference targeted researchers and practitioners engaged in managerial, social, and environmental forest economics and accounting, management of forest enterprises, forest ecosystem services, land-use, resource policy, social innovation, decision support making, and related fields under the bioeconomy paradigm.

The forestry sector is significantly affected by climate change, ongoing losses of forest area and habitats and intensified land-use competition, and the pressure and demands on forests and forestry are strong. To face these challenges, forest owners, scientists, administrational staff and politicians on all levels must make informed choices of future forest management activities.
Managerial economics and accounting are important analytical instruments for identifying and evaluating forest management action alternatives and for supporting knowledge-building and decision-making.

The conference aimed to foster the scientific exchange on recent developments, research and best practices from managerial economics and accounting on regional, national, and international levels, focusing on:

Managerial economics and accounting based on monitoring, modelling, and accounting tools for climate change and policy impact assessment

  • Forests and society
  • Role of (small-scale) forest enterprises / forest owner associations in a changing world
  • Inclusion of environmental, cultural, and social aspects of forestry in economic accounting
  • Evaluation of conflicting societal demands on forests and forestry
  • Forestry and rural areas - employment in the forestry sector
  • Value chains, innovations, and knowledge building for maintaining sustainable forest management
  • Transdisciplinary research in forestry

The issues presented and conferred reveal high diversification from the thematic and geographic perspectives and interdivisional, interdisciplinary and interinstitutional cooperation. The topics were addressed and critically by two keynote speakers and 22 presenters in six ordinary sessions.

A book of extended abstracts (80 pages, Book of Extended Abstracts of the Annual Conference of the IUFRO Research Group 4.05.00 Managerial Economics and Accounting and its Working Parties, September 4-7, 2022, is available online:https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40500/.It was published by the Thünen Institute of Forestry, Hamburg, Germany, and edited by: Lydia Rosenkranz, Kristin Franz, and Björn Seintsch, Hamburg, 2022.

The next Division 4.05.00 meeting will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in September 2023 and will be organized by Vasja Leban, Lidija Zadnik Stirn and Anže Japelj. It will be hosted by: University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty Slovenian Institute of Forestry.

Report abridged by the editor: https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40500/40501/activities/

Systems Analysis in Forest Resources

By José G. Borges, Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 4.04.04  https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40400/40404/  and Member of the Symposium Science Committee, and Yu Wei, Chair of the Science and the Organizing Committees

The 19th Symposium on Systems Analysis in Forest Resources (SSAFR) brought together researchers and practitioners that develop and apply methods of optimization, simulation, management science and systems analysis to forestry problems. It reported the state-of-the art on the development and use of operations research and systems analysis to enhance forest management planning. 
Meeting website: https://sites.warnercnr.colostate.edu/ssafr2021/ssafr-symposium-of-systems-analyses-in-forest-research/

The Symposium of Systems Analysis in Forest Resources was organized by Prof. Yu Wei from the Warner College of Natural Resources of Colorado State University (CSU). It was co-sponsored by IUFRO Unit 4.04.04 as well as by the project DecisionES - Decision Support for the Supply of Ecosystem Services under Global Change, and the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, CSU. This was the 19th Symposium in a series with previous conferences held in 1975, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2017 in the USA, 1993, 2002, 2011 and 2019 in Chile, 2005 in Brazil, 2013 in Canada and 2015 in Sweden. This series has long provided a) a venue for presentation of state-of-the-art applications of operations research and systems analysis in forest resources management planning and policy analysis, and b) opportunities for a fertile exchange of ideas among forest researchers and practitioners. 

The Symposium took place from July 24-27, 2022, in Estes Park, Colorado, USA. It involved 61 participants from 14 countries in Europe, Africa, America, Oceania and Asia. Its program encompassed two keynote presentations by Dr. Mathew Thompson, who explored themes of slack and scarcity and how they relate to efficiency and risk in wildfire and Dr. Jordi Garcia-Gonzalo, who presented the European Union H2020 DecisionES project. He discussed its strategy to enhance forest management planning and policy analysis by evolving an integrated and multifunctional ecosystem services supply approach.

The meeting further encompassed 56 oral presentations organized into 16 sessions focusing on themes such as:

  • Forest management and planning,
  • Forest transportation and supply chain optimization,
  • Wildfire risk simulation, management and decision support,
  • Forest health, invasive species, and wildlife habitat management,
  • Spatially explicit optimization,
  • Stochastic process simulation and optimization,
  • Quantitative forest and fire economics,
  • Forest and watershed management,
  • Data science and machine learning, and
  • Forest systems analysis under the impact of climate change.

The conference worked well as a meeting place for experts on systems analysis in a broad sense. It brought together researchers at very different stages of their careers, from PhD students to researchers taking part in the very beginning of the SSAFR series, and from different continents. The arrangements at the YMCA Rockies in Estes Park were ideal for the conference and the three days of scientific work included a much appraised excursion to the Rocky Mountain National Park.

A special issue of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research guest edited by a team lead by Yu Wei (yu.wei(at)colostate.edu) is underway.

Payment for Ecosystem Services in Costa Rica

Report by Virginia Morales Olmos, Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 4.05.03 Managerial economics and accounting in Latin America https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40500/40503/

The webinar "Pago por servicios ambientales: el caso de Costa Rica" held in Spanish on 18 August 2022 was attended by 37 participants from Uruguay, Costa Rica, Perú, Brazil and Argentina, and kindly hosted by Centro Universitario Regional (CENUR) Noreste, Sede Tacuarembó, Universidad de la República.

The webinar was part of a cycle of seminars started in 2019 by professors of the Forestry Engineering department of the Northeast CENUR (Regional University Center) of the University of the Republic, Uruguay. The presentations are broadcast live and are available on the Forestry Seminars YouTube channel. The objective is to host different lectures related to the forestry sector. The presentations are organized into four topics: Economy and Society; Emerging Technologies; Primary Production; Wood Technology. The lectures include the participation of national and international guests and are aimed at students, researchers, entrepreneurs, people linked to the forestry sector and the interested public.

This latest webinar focused on an impact analysis of public policy related to protected areas and payments for protection. How effective have the policies been? And what if nothing had been done? Do these policies have an impact on poverty and deforestation?

Participants discussed the effectiveness of the policies and agreed that it is important to analyze the substitution effects, as they might have positive and negative impacts. The effect of protected areas policy is hard to be measured accurately due to dissimilarities (surface, connectivity with population centers, etc.) between protected and unprotected areas. Many times, it is challenging to find similar areas to study the changes due to protected areas. In Costa Rica, the Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) program has had different effects regarding poverty and deforestation depending on where the site is located.

There are plans for celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Forest Seminars with a special event in 2023.

Forest Biodiversity Crisis

Report by Sandra Luque, Coordinator of IUFRO Division 8, and Anna Barbati, Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Division 8 https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-8/80000/

Within the Conference "Frontiers in Ecology: Nature and Society" organized by the International association for Ecology (INTECOL 2022), the session titled "Forest Biodiversity Crisis: Resilience & mitigation options", took place on 1 September 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, with 45 participants from 8 countries.
Meeting website: https://intecol2021.org/  

The session, which was held under theme 2 "All is not well! Global change and the biodiversity crisis", aimed at exploring the influence of anthropogenic and natural disturbance on forest biodiversity and the relationship between forest biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, and resilience in the context of sustainable forest management. Presentations addressed key issues such as:

  • Role of woody debris as carbon sink in old-growth forest
  • Assessment of environmental, social and economic impacts of urban tree insect pests and pathogens
  • Habitat modeling as a tool for assessing current and future protection gaps for giant freshwater fish in Amazon floodplains
  • Biocontrol role in mitigating ash decline due to the invasion of emerald borer in the US
  • Indicators of bushmeat abundance in African rainforest as tool to inform community-based sustainable wildlife management
  • Relationships between levels of modification of canopy cover in mature temperate forests by forestry treatments and maintenance of multi-taxon biodiversity
  • Herbivore control by spiders after conversion of rainforest into rubber and oil palm monocultures depends on level of modification of canopy structure
  • Relationships between intraspecific hydraulic traits variability and ability of tropical dry forest species to grow under drought stress
  • Process-based modeling as a tool to explore diversity-resilience relationship to water stress in mixed beech-fir forests

The presentations offered multi-faceted examples of methodological approaches to assess forest biodiversity losses due to human activities and global change related disturbance (e.g., biological invasions). Several presentations demonstrated that the maintenance or introduction of specific structural, functional and compositional biodiversity features is key to control disturbances and forest ecosystems resilience to climate-change induced stress. It is vital to explore the impacts on the biodiversity that underpin these processes, if they are to be mitigated by adaptive management.

Link to Proceedings: https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/46004/proceedings-of-intecol-2022-frontiers-in-ecology-science-society

10th Meeting of Phytophthora Diseases on Forest Trees and Natural Ecosystems

Report by Matteo Garbelotto, Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO WP 7.02.09 - Phytophthora diseases on forest trees https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-7/70000/70200/70209/ from the IUFRO Berkeley 2022 Forest Phytophthora Conference – UC Berkely Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab

Meeting website: https://nature.berkeley.edu/matteolab/?page_id=6539

The meeting of IUFRO 7.02.09 was held from June 19 to 25, 2022 at the University of California, Berkeley. Over 60 people, representing 17 countries participated in the in-person meeting which featured field trips to view sudden oak death and other forest dieback caused by Phytophthora spp. in the Sierra Nevada foothills and Marin Headlands, North of San Francisco. Approximately 10 additional people participated in a zoom online session.

The meeting stressed the importance of pathogen ecology and impacts of Phytophthora disease in the context of climate change, wildfire, and other stressors. A total of 77 talks were given, including four keynote talks featuring women researchers on diagnostics, taxonomy, and Phytophthora spread in nurseries, gardens, and restoration areas.

The Working Parts plans to meet again in New Zealand in September 2024.


A New Initiative in Scientific Publications for Forest Sciences: The Peer Community in Forest & Wood Sciences

Article by Erwin Dreyer, Directeur de Recherches INRA,
Université de Lorraine, AgroParisTech, INRAE, Silva, Nancy, France, erwin.dreyer(at)inrae.fr

Erwin Dreyer is currently chief editor of Annals of Forest Science and recommender within the Peer Community in Forest & Wood Sciences. He is also Deputy Coordinator of IUFRO Working Party 9.01.06 – Forest science publishing https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90100/90106/
The way scientific results in forest and wood sciences are disseminated has been undergoing major changes like in any other scientific discipline. The advent of Internet and the digital world and the recent incentives to adhere to an Open Science framework have changed the science publication landscape considerably.

While digital tools support the fast dissemination of all information, the Open Science framework is adamant that science subsidized by public funds should be made publicly available to fellow scientists as well as to the broader public. This includes the content of publications in scientific journals (Open Access to publications) but also the data and codes used to analyze the data sets (Open Data), the way the manuscripts are reviewed prior to publication (Open Review), and an improved recognition of the diverse contributions to published papers and data. It also implies referencing the highest standards of scientific integrity in order to enhance the trust of society in the outcomes of scientific research.

Beyond Open Access to publications, the Open Access to data (and codes) is very important, particularly in forest science, where huge data sets are produced, for instance in the development of forest monitoring (including national forest inventories and remote sensing data). Many other areas (pest and disease propagation, biodiversity analyses, genetic and genomic data, etc.) also rely heavily on data. In all these cases, sharing of data has resulted in impressive advancements of our understanding of forest dynamics, which is a prerequisite to any sound policy towards mitigating and adapting to climate change, for instance.

Review by peers is considered sometimes as inefficient, slow, inaccurate, obscure, etc., and many scientists complain about these shortcomings. However, peer review remains the most effective way to assess the quality of a manuscript as it gains transparency and better meets quality criteria. If the reviewing work were valued more highly and supported by the research institutions, this might change the game.

An interesting answer to some of these challenges is to make full use of the opportunities offered by the internet and develop new approaches to the science publishing system.

One initiative among others is to make better use of the opportunities offered by the publication of preprints prior to submission to any journal. A preprint uploaded to a relevant server (like bioRxiv to name just one) is a good way to rapidly expose novel research results to the community, but it remains incomplete without a process aimed at assessing its quality through a review by peers.

Denis Bourguet and Thomas Guillemaud (INRAE), researchers in evolutionary biology, designed such a process a few years ago and promoted its use in many other disciplines. The process is called "Peer Community In…" (PCI) https://peercommunityin.org/. Currently 15 PCIs are active in a large number of scientific domains. One of them is the Peer Community in Forest & Wood Sciences - PCI Forest & Wood Sciences https://forestwoodsci.peercommunityin.org/, which was launched in 2020. Of course, other PCIs may also be relevant for forest ecology, tree biology etc. See the full list at: https://peercommunityin.org/current-pcis/

A "Peer community in …" (PCI) is an open and transparent community of recognized scientists in a discipline or related to an object, the latter being the case of the PCI Forest & Wood Sciences. The Peer community members act as "Recommenders" similarly to what "associate editors" do in classical journals.

The PCI Forest & Wood Sciences may certainly be of interest for the IUFRO research community, who could support the initiative by:

  • Submitting preprints to one of the PCIs relevant to their disciplines; this is a very useful step even if you plan to submit the manuscript to a prestigious journal with a high impact factor
  • Joining the community of recommenders by registering on the webpage; and providing a brief CV to following address: contact(at)forestwoodsci.peercommunityin.org
  • Signing the PCI Manifesto: https://peercommunityin.org/pci-manifesto/

Hopefully, this initiative will help the research community to regain control of the process of research validation in a more transparent way and foster the scientific debates around forest sciences and the many issues forests are facing.

If you would like to know more about how PCIs work, please read on at: https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-9/90000/90100/90106/publications/  

or write to: contact(at)forestwoodsci.peercommunityin.org

A Decade of REDD+: Stakeholder Perceptions of its Implementation

By Nelson Grima, author and GFEP Manager

Back-to-back with the report "Forest, Climate, Biodiversity and People: Assessing a Decade of REDD+" https://www.iufro.org/science/gfep/follow-up-studies/biodiversity-forest-management-and-redd-2021/ published by the Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Programme of IUFRO earlier this year, GFEP conducted extensive stakeholder consultations in Asia and Latin America to identify factors that would need to be improved for better carbon and non-carbon outcomes of local REDD+ activities.

The result is a new publication titled "A Decade of REDD+: Stakeholder Perceptions of its Implementation" which synthesizes the responses and comments from the nearly 200 stakeholders who were interviewed on REDD+ implementation on the ground.

Download at: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/science/gfep/bfmr-followup/bfmr-followup-stakeholder-publication.pdf
Also available in Spanish: https://www.iufro.org/fileadmin/material/science/gfep/bfmr-followup/gfep-bfmr-followup-policy-brief-sp.pdf
For hardcopies, please write to: schimpf(at)iufro.org

Just Published! Key Messages About the Role of Forests in Ensuring Sustainable Production and Consumption

The forest sector already contributes significantly to reaching SDG12 https://sdgs.un.org/goals/goal12 and related SDGs, acknowledging that trade-offs between ecology and economy are required to achieve goals related to climate, biodiversity and land degradation. This is one of the key messages for policy and decision makers from a high-level event at IDF 2022 titled "Inspire for the future: the role of forests in ensuring sustainable production and consumption" and jointly organized by FAO, IUFRO and IUFRO World Congress 2024 | SLU. They highlight the vast potential that renewable forest products hold to contribute to the transition towards carbon-neutral societies and towards building inclusive, resilient and sustainable economies.
Link to FAO publication: http://www.fao.org/3/cc2259en/cc2259en.pdf

CFA Newsletter, September 2022

This issue of the Commonwealth Forestry Association's (CFA) newsletter starts with "Reflections on the World Forestry Congress" by IUFRO President John Parrotta, who wrote, "Among the key messages emerging from this Congress is the need for those of us in the forest sector to work more closely and constructively with our colleagues in other natural resource sectors – including agriculture – and with policy makers, the private sector, civil society organizations, communities, and youth to tackle the urgent challenges facing forests and all who depend on them either directly or indirectly." The issue also includes articles on Helicopter Science and Rubber and Europe's deforestation footprint in Africa, and much more. https://www.iufro.org/discover/noticeboard/non-iufro-publications/

Policy Brief 1 - Forest Biodiversity in Europe

By Bart Muys, Per Angelstam, Jürgen Bauhus, Laura Bouriaud, Hervé Jactel, Hojka Kraigher, Jörg Müller, Nathalie Pettorelli, Elisabeth Pötzelsberger, Eeva Primmer, Miroslav Svoboda, Bo Jellesmark Thorsen, Koenraad Van Meerbeek

The European Forest Institute (EFI) recently relaunched its policy brief series. The first publication in the series "How can we effectively maintain and enhance forest biodiversity in Europe?" was presented at Forest Europe's first High-Level Policy Dialogue, "Sustainable Forest Management: Unlocking forest biodiversity's potential'" on 30 August.
Download the EFI policy brief: https://doi.org/10.36333/pb1

Wild Service Tree – New Book in German

On 610 pages 57 co-authors and 80 photographers compiled a comprehensive publication on Sorbus torminalis in Austria, titled "ELSBEERE - BUCH zum BAUM". Editors: Norbert Mayer, Raphael Klumpp, Hans Kiessling & 54 co-authors; ISBN: 978-3-900397-01-2. Copies can be ordered at: https://www.buchdrucker.at/buchladen/Elsbeere

Calls for Journal Submissions

Climate Solutions by the Forest Sector: Opportunities, Challenges, and Responses
Guest editors Brent Sohngen (Ohio State University), Puneet Dwivedi (University of Georgia), and Runsheng Yin (Michigan State University) invite submissions for a Special Issue of Forest Policy and Economics (SI) proposed to pursue the tasks of carbon accounting, potential assessment, economic analysis, policy evaluation, and the like.
The submission website is located at: https://www.editorialmanager.com/forpol/default.aspx
Please select the name of the special issue when uploading manuscripts: VSI:Forest Carbon.

Position Announcements


Faculty Position in Forest Restoration and Forest Vegetation
Apply by 30 November 2022
The School of Forestry and Resource Conservation, National Taiwan University, currently has an opening in the "Forest Restoration and Forest Vegetation" area. Position Type: Full-time Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor, starting date 1 August 2023. The required documents must be received before 1 December 2022. Details: https://www.fo.ntu.edu.tw/en/news/Faculty-Position-Announcement-68883989

Assistant Professor in Urban and Peri-Urban Climate Resilience
Apply by 21 October 2022
The Department of Forest Resources Management at the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Urban and Peri-Urban Climate Resilience.

IUFRO Meetings

For a full list of meetings go to our online calendar at:  https://www.iufro.org/events/calendar/current/
Find non-IUFRO meetings on the IUFRO Noticeboard at:  https://www.iufro.org/discover/noticeboard/

24 Oct 2022
Webinar series "Forest Mensuration and Modelling Chats": Effects of Multicollinearity in Model-based Inference
Online; 6:05-7:00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
IUFRO 4.01.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/40100/
Speaker:  Dr. Svetlana Saarela, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Contact:  Bianca Eskelson, bianca.eskelson(at)ubc.ca

3 Nov 2022
Forests and the Forest-based Industry in a Volatile World
Vienna, Austria
Think-Tank meeting organized by the
IUFRO – Mondi Partnership
On invitation only!
Learn more about the partnership at:

29 Nov – 1 Dec 2022
All-Division 1 & 4 Online Conference: Close-To-Nature Silviculture: Experiments and Modelling for Forestry Practice
IUFRO 1.00.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-1/10000/
IUFRO 4.00.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-4/40000/
Contact:  Jens Peter Skovsgaard, jps(at)slu.se
Donald Hodges, dhodges2(at)utk.edu

4-6 Jun 2023
All-Division 5 Conference: The Forest Treasure Chest - Delivering Outcomes for Everyone
Cairns, Australia
IUFRO 5.00.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-5/50000/
Contact:  Roger Meder, rmeder(at)usc.edu.au; Andrew Wong, awong.unimas(at)gmail.com; Pekka Saranpää, pekka.saranpaa(at)luke.fi
18-20 Sep 2023
Uneven-aged Silviculture: Insights into Forest Adaptation in Times of Global Change
Brno, Czech Republic
IUFRO 1.05.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-1/10000/10500/
IUFRO 1.09.00, https://www.iufro.org/science/divisions/division-1/10000/10900/
Contact:  Tomáš Vrška, tomas.vrska(at)slpkrtiny.cz

Other Meetings

For more non-IUFRO meetings, please check the IUFRO Noticeboard:

27-30 March 2023
VIII Congreso Forestal Latinoamerican (CONFLAT) y V Congreso Forestal Argentino
Ciudad de Mendoza, Argentina
Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, CONICET, INTA, Asociación Forestal Argentina (AFoA); Supporters: Gobierno de la provincia de Mendoza, Consejo Federal de Inversiones (CFI);
Keynote speaker:  Sandra Rodríguez, IUFRO TF Coordinator, https://www.iufro.org/science/task-forces/forest-education/

IUFRO News Issue 9, 2022, published in early October 2022
by IUFRO Headquarters, Vienna, Austria.
Contact the editor at office(at)iufro(dot)org or visit https://www.iufro.org/

Imprint: https://www.iufro.org/legal/#c10402