Dear IUFRO Division 9 members,
I am forwarding herewith an impressive article of Mr. Kanna Kumar, a
development professional of India with a forestry background who has
observed that conventional forestry curriculum needs to be revised so as to
incorporate community based conservation initiatives, particularly because
participatory forest management & rights of local communities are now a
commonly accepted principle worldwide. I shall be happy to know from you if
any of the institutions you are associated with have already done this or
are in the process of doing this, and if not whether you will be able to
facilitate the same.
The link to the article is:
Coordinator, WP 09.05.06
Dear colleagues from Division 9,
IUFRO has agreed on its new strategy for the period 2010-2014. One important
decision within the strategy is the set up of new inter-divisional Task
Forces to address six thematic areas:
1. Forest for People (C: Ulrike Proebstl, Austria; DC: Perry Brown,
2. Forest and Climate change (C: Frances Seymour, Indoensia; DC:
Markku Kanninen, Finnland)
3. Forest Bio-Energy (C: Rolf Björheden, Sweden; DC: Elspeth MacRea,
4. Forest Biodiversity Conservation (C: Saw Leng Guan, Malaysia; DC:
Bryan Finegan, Costa Rica)
5. Forest and Water Interactions (Tony Simons, Kenya; DC: Shirong Liu,
6. Resources for the Future (C: John Innes; Jung-Hwan Park, Korea)
These Task Forces should involve members/representatives from each of the
Therefore I would like to ask you as officeholders if you or one of your
group members are particularly interested in joining one of these groups?
And what kind of (research) perspectives should be covered within these Task
Forces? The subject of the Task Forces will be discussed at the IUFRO Board
meeting next week. And I would be pleased to bring in your opinion.
I would like to highlight specifically two Task Forces at this moment. One
is the Task Force on Resources for the future. John Innes, coordinator of
this Task Force already sent out a detailed description of the Task Force
(see document attached) and asked for representatives from each Division.
So, please let me know, if you are interested. The other Task Force is the
one on Forest and Climate Change. IUFROs consultations with stakeholders and
donors concluded that there should be a specific emphasize on governance and
REDD. Therefore I would like to ask those of you dealing with REDD questions
from a governance perspective to indicate their willingness to participate
in this Task Force and to give an idea on the research perspectives
(concepts, research questions etc.) used in this regards.
Any other feedback in regards to the Task Forces and/or your specific
(research) perspective is of course welcome as well.
Please send me your feedback until Friday, February 18th to allow me
communicating the information to the IUFRO Board next week.
Thanks in advance.
With best regards
Assoc. Prof. Daniela Kleinschmit
Department of Forest Products
P.O. Box 7008
SE-75007 Uppsala, Sweden
Phone: +46 18 67 2493
posted on behalf of Daniela Kleinschmit by Brigitte Burger, IUFRO
Dear Division 9 members,
As already posted on IUFRO calender of events our organization RCDC is going to organize a national workshop on GUIDING FOREST MANAGEMENT ON BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION & CLIMATE ADAPTATION. The year 2011 has been declared as International Year of Forest to celebrate peoples' action to sustainably manage the world's forest. All over the world initiatives are now taking place to generate awareness on sustainable management, conservation and development of all types of forests. RCDC being a pioneering organization in the field of Natural Resources Management has also joined hand to promote dialogue this issue.
At the time of globalization and rapid climate change the present system of forest management is facing various new challenges ranging from accommodating the provisions of the Forest Rights Act, to climate change impact mitigation strategy. The proposed workshop is designed to discuss specifically on the limitations and improvement of forest management practices in the light of biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation, taking the IIFM-developed Criteria & Indicator system as a tool. The objective is to come out with a clear understanding if the presently developed practices are adequate enough to address the issues of biodiversity conservation and climate adaptation and if not then what needs to be done. Of course such an important issue can't be resolved in a two-day workshop, but we do hope that it will pave the way for future deliberations on the same.
Since I would be facilitating this event on behalf of IUFRO, may I request you to send us your observations/write-ups on the concerned issue which we can publish in the souvenior to be released in the event itself? It may be even a half-page note since we would focus more on the criticality of the observation itself. Please send us full details of the author.
Needless to mention we have but limited time(upto 3nd February) to receive your write-ups for the said publication. Please forward this request to other competent persons who, you hope, can also contribute.
IUFRO International Council member and Coordinator, WP 09.05.06