Issue 11/12, 2021
IUFRO NEWS 11/12, 2021
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World Forests, Society and Environment
[Photo showing Restoration of degraded forest reserve. Photo Form Ghana Ltd.]
Read an interview Dr. Pia Katila, Coordinator of IUFRO's Special Project on World
Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO-WFSE). She talks about the development and aims of
the Project, recent highlights and achievements and a major publication to be launched in
IUFRO News in its 50th Year
The leading article of IUFRO News Vol. 31, 2002, issue 4, had the title "The Year of
Changes". It highlighted the new visual image of IUFRO, among other things, and a
call for the "continuation of change" by then IUFRO President Risto Seppälä. It
also included a comprehensive article about IUFRO-WFSE.
ITTO and IUFRO Release Learning Modules to Encourage Forest Landscape Restoration
[Photo showing High school students learning about forest values during a field trip to
the Lanjak Entimau Wildlife Sanctuary in Sarawak, Malaysia. Photo: Sarawak Forest
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and IUFRO have released a free
series of learning modules for high-school and university students to guide further
understanding on forest landscape restoration (FLR). The modules were prepared as a
contribution to the 2021–2030 UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
ESCAMP Supports Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) Mentorship in Sri Lanka
[Photo showing a Screenshot from ESCAMP video]
The Sri Lankan Forest Department, Ecosystem Conservation and Management Project (ESCAMP)
project, with the collaboration of IUFRO, is implementing a two-year program aiming to
address the current shortage of trained forest landscape restoration practitioners in the
country. The project is also presented in a series of videos.
First Meeting of the Global Forest Expert Panel on Forests and Human Health
[Photo showing a person walking in a park. Photo by Emma Simpson on Unsplash.]
Renowned scientists with diverse expertise were invited to join the Global Forest Expert
Panel (GFEP) on Forests and Human Health. The Panel comprises a wide range of expertise
including, epidemiology, public health, urban forestry, mental health and recreation,
resource valuation, traditional knowledge, and food and nutrition, to mention a few.
40th Anniversary Conference of IUFRO Research Group 4.05.00
[Photo showing a forest. Photo by Tomáš Pospíšil.]
On 4-6 October 2021, the annual conference of IUFRO Research Group (RG) 4.05.00 Managerial
Economics and Accounting and its Working Parties (WP) to discuss managerial, social and
environmental aspects of the forest-based sector for sustainable development and celebrate
the Groups 40th anniversary. More<https://www.iufro.org/index.php?id=7321#c33451>…
Air Pollution Threats to Plant Ecosystems
[Photo showing APPC2021 - Group photo by M.S. Alam]
Air pollution and climate change remain a threat to natural ecosystems, urging for
international cooperation and unified research efforts. The Mediterranean region is key
for addressing global goals on plant ecosystems due to its unique biodiversity. A
conference in Paphos, Cyprus, on 11-15 October, put the focus on these goals.
Tree Resistance to Diseases and Pests – Interaction with and Facilitation by the
[Photo showing webinar announcement. Screenshot provided by Caterina Villari.]
Tree resistance to pests and pathogens can be driven by different and often interlinked
mechanisms, such as the presence of mechanical or chemical direct defenses The webinar on
13 October 2021 aimed to discuss one aspect that is still relatively unexplored, namely
the role of the host-associated microbiome in modulating resistance.
Automation in Forest Operations
Forest operations are evolving rapidly. Thanks to the development of technology a number
of applications are now available as fully applicable products or at concept/prototype
stages in the area of teleoperation, semi-automation and full automation. The webinar
series "Automation in Forest Operations" comprised three webinars.
3rd IUFRO Acacia Conference 2021
[Photo showing Keynote address by Dr. Sadanandan Nambiar Credit: Forest Department
Non-native acacias have become dominant components of many Southeast Asian plantation
landscapes. They are increasingly being threatened by insect pests and pathogens. Regional
collaboration in Southeast Asia is urgently needed. Against this background, 620
participants from 29 countries attended the 3rd IUFRO Acacia Conference 2021.
Introduction, Breeding, Propagation and Deployment of Pacific Northwest Conifers Around
the World: 70 Years of Progress, Opportunities and Challenges
[Photo showing Group Photo of WP 2.02.05 meeting, Day 2. Credit: LE STUDIUM]
The Working Party on Breeding and Genetic Resources of Pacific Northwest Conifers held a
virtual meeting on November 8-10, which covered a wide range of topics, including
provenance variation, IUFRO trials, species introduction, genetics, breeding, seed
orchards, biotic threats including drought and adaptation to climate change, etc.
IUFRO All-Division 1 Online Discussion
Research on silviculture is often conducted at tree or stand level. However, recent
forest-related issues require a scale-up of silvicultural research at forest and landscape
levels. Therefore, the all-Division meeting on 16-18 November 2021 was titled
"Scaling-up from tree and stand level research to sustainable silviculture at forest
and landscape level". More<https://www.iufro.org/index.php?id=7321#c33464>…
Population Genetics and Genomics Research for Conservation, Climate Adaptation,
Sustainable Management and Breeding of Tropical Trees (IUFRO World Day Session)
The Working Party on Population, Ecological and Conservation Genetics organized a session
as part of the IUFRO World Day on 29 September 2021 to highlight emerging population
genetics and genomics approaches for much needed conservation and sustainable management
and utilization of tree genetic resources.
Congratulations to Shirong Liu, IUFRO Vice-President!
[Photo showing Team members working in experimental field. Photo credit: ECTF.]
The interdisciplinary project – The Cornerstone Technology in Managing Typical Forest
Ecosystems in Southern China for Multiple Functions and Its Application – led by Prof. Liu
Shirong, President of Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF) was awarded the second prize of
the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award.
Congratulations to Mike Wingfield, IUFRO Immediate Past President!
On 16 November, the University of Pretoria (UP) announced that Professor Mike Wingfield
had been named on the annual Highly Cited Researchers™ 2021 list from Clarivate. Prof.
Wingfield, Advisor to the UP Executive and a Forestry and Agriculture Biotechnology
Institute (FABI) research professor, features on the prestigious list for the fifth
consecutive year. More<https://www.iufro.org/index.php?id=7321#c33467>…
Trends in Forest-related Employment and Tertiary Education: Insights from Selected Key
Countries around the Globe
The report highlights trends in forest-related employment, including green jobs, in seven
selected countries: Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, South Africa and the
United States of America, and provides insights into how forest-related tertiary education
in these countries is addressing these trends.
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