Issue 8/9, 2021
IUFRO NEWS 8/9, 2021
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Become acquainted and involved with the full range of IUFRO's exciting and important
[Photo showing John Parrotta in the teaching forest of Austria’s BOKU University. Photo by
In this interview IUFRO President Dr. John Parrotta talks, among other things, about the
role of science in general and of forest science, in particular, and explains why he finds
tropical forest ecology and traditional forest knowledge so exciting and what to expect at
the forthcoming IUFRO World Day.
IUFRO World Day - Around the World in 24 Hours
Embark on a free journey around the world in three time zones with 24 hours of
forest-related research topics, networking and emerging issues of relevancy for global
policy makers! A unique opportunity to meet, interact, share and strengthen global
research cooperation, especially also for newcomers and early career scientists!
The IUFRO Spirit
[Photo showing IUFRO World Congress Curitiba plenary session]
Read what former IUFRO President Dr. N.M. Salleh wrote exactly 30 years ago in IUFRO News:
In the pursuit for new knowledge and success in research, it is important for scientists
and researchers to maintain contact with peers working in the same area. The basic
foundation for this is the IUFRO Spirit.
Next GFEP Global Assessment: Forests and Human Health
[Photo showing Participants of the scoping meeting (screenshot)]
Following the successful completion of the last global assessment on Forests and Poverty,
IUFRO’s Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) Programme announces the topic of the new
scientific assessment: Forests and Human Health. This global assessment report is planned
to be published in March 2023.
The Power of Social Innovation
[Photo showing Carpathian forests. Photo by Bill Keeton]
IUFRO Unit 4.05.05 Social innovation and entrepreneurship organized a special session of
the 6th Forum Carpaticum entitled “The power of social innovation in mountain areas to
steer a sustainable governance of nature”. Scientists from all over the world came
together online to discuss the emergence and development of social innovation in the
Carpathian Mountains and beyond.
The Reduced-Impact Logging for Climate Approach (RIL-C)
[Photo showing Efi Yuliati Yovi, session moderator (screenshot)]
The webinar entitled “Forest Operation and Climate Change: the RIL-C Approach” took place
on 21 July 2021 and attracted 251 participants from 14 countries. Despite the various
obstacles that occur in application in the field, reduced-impact logging (RIL) has shown
good performance in reducing environmental impacts.
International Symposium: Ecosystem Restoration for Green and Peace Asia
[Photo showing Saxaul plantation in Uzbekistan. Photo: Dr. Abdushukur Khamzayev]
The objectives of this symposium were to share successful cases and lessons learned, and
current projects or programs on ecosystem restoration; to discuss effective and efficient
strategies for ecosystem restoration; and to strengthen a cooperative network for
ecosystem restoration at the regional level among Asian countries and international
Indigenous and Traditional Knowledge and Practices, Public Policy, Multi-jurisdictional
[Photo showing A forest in Lil’wat Nation traditional territory with a Lil’wat Elder
harvesting herbs. Photo by Shabnam Vagayenegar, submitted by Tonya Smith]
IUFRO Divisions 6 and 9, and especially Research Group 9.03.00, successfully organized six
special sessions, with 29 presentations, as part of the 20th Commonwealth Forestry
Conference hosted by the University of British Columbia (Canada) from 16-18 August 2021.
Nontimber Forest Products & Bioeconomy Webinar Series
The first in a new series of webinars on Nontimber Forest Products & Bioeconomy
attracted 150 participants from 35 countries on 5 continents. It was kindly hosted by USDA
Forest Service, Forest History Society and Renmin University of China. The webinar series
is an opportunity to hear from experts on contemporary research that strengthens knowledge
about these products within a bioeconomy concept.
Cut less, leave longer: decades of data show we are over-exploiting tropical rainforests
[Photo showing Amazon forest. Photo by Nelson Grima]
Read this article by Plinio Sist, Cirad-ES, Directeur-Director UR Forêts et Sociétés,
Tropical managed Forests Observatory (TmFO) Coordinator, IUFRO 1.02.00 Silviculture of
tropical forests in The Conversation.
Building a Successful Forestry Career in Africa - Virtual Book Launch
The output from the Young African Forestry Professionals Publication Project (YAFP) is
finally out, a book titled "Building a successful forestry career in Africa:
inspirational stories and opportunities." The book was launched on 12 August 2021 in
a virtual event organized by the Joint IUFRO-IFSA Task Force on Forest Education (JTF) and
the International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA).
Employment and Sustainability in Latin American Forests
IUFRO and the International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA) – through a Joint
IUFRO-IFSA Task Force on Forest Education (JTF) – have joined forces with Reforestamos in
developing an ambitious "how-to" forest-based entrepreneurship guide for use
throughout Latin America. Read IUFRO Spotlight #90!
A Guide to Forest–Water Management
IUFRO contributed to a new FAO-led report launched at World Water Week. This comprehensive
global publication provides guidance on the contribution of forests for a holistic
approach to water resource management. Among other things, the guide calls for enhanced
forest management that prioritizes the provision of water-related ecosystem services.
Find interesting scientific papers, calls for journal contributions and information about
Obituary: Hans-Jakob MUHS
On 20 July 2021 Dr. Hans-Jakob Muhs, longstanding IUFRO officeholder and recipient of the
IUFRO Distinguished Service Award, passed away in Kleve, Germany. Dr. Muhs contributed to
IUFRO for 30 years. More<https://www.iufro.org/index.php?id=7285#c33070>…
Obituary: George STANKEY
Former Deputy Leader of IUFRO Division 6 (1987 – 1995) and long-time participant in IUFRO
activities, Dr. George Stankey, 78, passed away on August 18, 2021. George is best known
for his pioneering research on many aspects of wilderness and outdoor recreation in the
United States and other countries.
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