SUSTAINING FORESTS, SUSTAINING PEOPLE: THE ROLE OF RESEARCH THE SALT LAKE CITY DECLARATION Forests and trees play a critical role in supporting the livelihoods and quality of life of people worldwide, providing income opportunities, sustaining agricultural productivity, food security and nutrition, providing adequate supplies of clean water, affordable and sustainable sources of renewable energy and […]
Footage of the IUFRO XXIV World Congress Closing Ceremony , Salt Lake City, Utah, USA that took place on October 11, 2014.
Exploring The Complex Liaison Between The Sylvan And The Urban Since the rise of the first cities, the relationship between the Sylvan and the Urban has been complex. Although city and forest have often been regarded as enemies, or at least as opposite ends on a continuum between the man-made and the natural, cities have […]
Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch discusses his interest in urban forestry and his keynote presentation at the IUFRO 2014 World Congress.
Dr. Jim Reaves, US Forest Service discusses his role with the USFS and discussing the recent survey – Crossing Science Boundaries, and the IUFRO 2014 World Congress.
Dr. Julius Adewopo from Nigeria discusses the path that led him to winning the IUFRO Student Award for Science Excellence.
Dr. Sandra Rodriguez Pineros is the recipient of the IUFRO Outstanding Doctoral Research Award. The award is given for path-breaking doctoral dissertations that show innovative thinking, use appropriate methodology, and have published results.
Dr. Yeda Oliveira & Dr. Joberto Freitas discuss the recent announcement that Brazil will be the host country of the 2019 IUFRO World Congress.
Dr Sandra Luque is Research Director at IRSTEA (National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture), France and Visiting Scholar at the Centre for GeoInformatics, School of Geography & Geosciences, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK. She has a PhD in Geography with Specialization on Landscape Ecology from Rutgers The State University […]
Dr. Sally Aitken has received an IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of her distinguished scientific achievements in the field of forest conservation genetics. Dr Aitken leads a broadly-based research program that ranges from investigating basic scientific questions around how forest-tree populations adapt to local climatic conditions and how rapidly they can adapt to new […]
Plenary 5: City Forests, Forest Cities – Exploring the complex liaison between the sylvan and the urban Urban forests bring a range of benefits to cities. They can cool the air, clean the atmosphere, and provide shade on hot summer days. But according to Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, perhaps most important of all is […]
SP-18: Stemming Invasions of Forest Insects and Pathogens: Research Supporting Pathway Risk Management and Phytosanitary Policy The principal pathway for invasive species to enter Europe is not through wood or logs, according to Alain Roques, but rather through the plants that people cultivate in their gardens and around their homes. “The most likely pathway is […]
A-11 American Indian Forestry American Indians practiced sustainable forest management before the time of Gifford Pinchot and the USDA Forest Service. Native peoples relied on forests for subsistence and cultural resources, and they actively managed forests for these values. Tribal forestry is still very alive today. One third of Indian land is forested, a total […]
A-19: Wood and forest culture: merging the past with the present Wood has played a substantial role in the development of civilization, providing humans with building materials and fuel for thousands of years. Session A-1 Wood and forest culture: merging the past with the present, examined the historical, religious, artistic, and other social values of […]
B01: The Future of Ecosystem Services from Forests In Malaysia, one hectare of forest is valued at $500, but once converted to an oil palm plantation, the value skyrockets to $25,000. Across the globe, natural ecosystems are worth less than land that is converted to agriculture. In the presence of such economic disparities, how then […]
The Society of American Foresters (SAF) / Canadian Institute of Forestry National Convention and Annual General Meeting started early Saturday, October 11 with “Breakfast with the Leaders.” An annual SAF convention event, this year’s breakfast offered attendees more international fare with the inclusion of forestry leaders from Canada and Mexico. The morning’s first speaker, Jacinthe […]
Sustainable Management of Spruce-dominated Ecosystems in Response to Climate Change: Lessons from North America and Europe
C-27: Sustainable Management Of Spruce Dominated Ecosystems in Response to Climate Change Spruce trees are some of the most important trees in many parts of Europe. They form the backbone of the wood processing industries, and provide a variety of materials and services. The idea behind this session was to discuss some of the emerging […]
A-08B: Small-Scale and Community Forestry for People, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Small-scale forest owners play crucial roles in forest development. In the U.S. 42 percent of forest land national area is under private ownership. Small-scale forest areas are also significant suppliers of timber and other forest ecosystem services such as water quality, wildlife, carbon […]
Dr. John Parotta, National Research Program Leader, International Science Issues, US Forest Service and IUFRO Vice- President speaks about his work in a sit-down discussion at the XXIV IUFRO World Congress on Forest Science, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Dr. Carol Colfer is a leading expert on how people interact with forest ecosystems. Her address raises issues of gender inequality in the way women are given the chance to visit and gather products from forests.
Past Vice President of IUFRO and the first woman to hold this position. She is a forest pathologist and is the director of forest health. Started teaching forestry in Malaysia. Later she received a Master’s Degree and shifted to forest research.
Interview with Dr. Rod Keenan, Director of the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research at the University of Melbourne.
Interview with incoming Prof. Mike Wingfield, the Founding Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa who is also elected as IUFRO President 2014-2019.
Harold E. Burkhart, a faculty member in Virginia Tech’s Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation since 1969, is the recipient of a 2014 World Congress Host Country Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).
May Anne Then, President of the International Forestry Students’ Association sits down to talk at the XXIV IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Dr. Michael Kleine, Deputy Executive Director of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, sits down to talk at the XXIV IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
B-09B: What is the Future for Tropical Silviculture? When it comes to forest management, the future of tropical forests is a high priority concern. However, the diverse demands for timber, biodiversity, non-timber products, and water quality are often at odds with one another. In order to ensure not only that these demands can be […]
SP-15: Historical Responses of Research to Global Forestry Issues A panel that included four past presidents of IUFRO met to discuss responses to major forestry challenges over the past quarter century. Juergen Blaser, professor for International Forestry at the University of Bern, provided the keynote address of the sub-plenary and gave a narrative tracing […]
SP-14: Energy from Trees: Technology, Opportunities, and Challenges The biomass supply chain is forest industry’s ultimate “Rorschach Test,” according to Nate Anderson (U.S. Forest Service). People see different challenges and opportunities for the bio-economy. The burgeoning bio-economy requires technological and market development, but also social engagement, public policies, and environmental considerationS. Integrating these perspectives […]
C-28: Methods for Assessing Carbon Stocks in Mangrove and Coastal Wetland Systems In this session, presenters explored different techniques used to estimate the amount of carbon stored in mangrove forests, coastal wetlands, and peatlands. Research suggests that these systems have the potential to stock enormous amounts of carbon, both in the above ground biomass […]
SP-16: Triumphs, Tribulations And Transitions – The Graduate Research Experience from the Student IUFRO Award Winners The IUFRO Awards for Graduate and PhD students were presented in a special subplenary session. Shirong Liu, the Chair of the IUFRO Honours and Awards Committee, explained that the IUFRO Student Award for Excellence in Forest Sciences […]
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Plenary 4: The People and Forests Trajectory – 1994-2014 and Beyond In much of the developing world women remain invisible in attempts to create sustainable forests because of issues related to equity and because they’re often excluded from governance. “We have been ignoring the potential of half the world’s population,” said Carol J.P. Colfer, who […]
A-16: Ethics and Values in Relation to Forest, Wildlife and Recreation Management The forest is under increasing pressure to supply goods and services to various categories of stakeholders. The concept of multiple land use, where forest is managed for multiple purposes, is designed to handle this pressure, but more often than not, national forest […]
22 March is World Water Day 2014. To celebrate the day, RECOFTC is launching its new report Forests and water: A synthesis of the contemporary science and its relevance for community forestry in the Asia–Pacific region. The report aims to shed light on the relationships between forests and water in both temperate and tropical regions. […]
C03: Understanding the Relationships Among Biodiversity, Carbon, and People for REDD+Forests One of the main reasons for establishing the REDD+ program was to reduce carbon emissions associated with deforestation in developing countries. The program offers incentives for those countries to invest in low carbon paths to sustainable development, and emphasizes the role of conservation and […]
E-04: Forest Biomass Supply Chains: Domestic Fuelwood and Biomass Heating There are many commonalities in bioenergy supply chains around the world as countries attempt to harvest, collect, and process woody biomass from forests for power. According to the majority of the speakers in this technical session, one of the most resounding challenges is the cost […]
Ahead of the XXIV IUFRO World Congress we provided a platform to showcase research and projects to the international community and start the sharing of knowledge well before anyone landed in Salt Lake City. Thirty-four posts were entered into the competition, introducing a wide range of issues and knowledge from around the world. Dr. Deepak […]
B-08: Forest Regeneration: Challenges and Prospects When nine forest scientists from all around the world are put in one room to talk about forest regeneration, it’s very likely the international audience will learn about many tree species. From South America, to western Australia, to the Rocky Mountains, the speakers divulged an array of plant […]
E-01 Sustainable Biomass for Energy and Industrial Raw Materials: Biomass Potentials There are many terms and implications associated with woody biomass production and its potential as an energy source. Viktor Bruckman from the Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecologial Studies at the Austrian Academy of Sciences suggested the main question is: how can we extract energy in […]
B12: Forest Management in Mountain Communities Mountains cover 24 percent of the Earth’s land surface and are home to 12 percent of the global human population. While mountains may seem harsh and rugged, the plant and animal communities they support are actually quite fragile and sensitive to change. This adds another layer of complexity […]
SP-12: Policy Learning for Multi-Level Governance Developing policy regardless of level is a complicated process. When looking at governance and policy across multiple levels — local, state, national, international — the complications tend to compound. This cluster of overlapping interests, demands, regulations, etc, becomes so difficult to comprehend that it’s essential to approach the discussion […]
D-09: Ecology and Management of Coastal Forests and Mangroves Have you ever wondered what the reactions would be if a coastal community in, say, Bangladesh woke up to a devastating flood? The obvious attribution would likely be that something “bad” must have happened to their many mangrove tree species, and this reaction might not […]
Dr. Jolanda Roux is a professor at the University of Victoria and is a recipient of the IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award. The forest work she saw during her college studies was so inspiring that she shifted to forestry. She focuses primarily on forest health and pathology issues including fungi.
David Haskell and Jack Dangermond spoke at the IUFRO 2014 World Congress SAF, CIF/IFC joint keynote plenary session. They focused on different ways of gathering observational information from cutting age GIS tools to the trusted method of personal observation. Their inspiring words tell about different approaches to giving people ways of understanding the world around […]
SP-09 Forests for People: Ecosystem Services Under Pressure? Walking into this session I was prepared for grim predictions about resource scarcity and ecosystem collapse. The session tagline was pretty foreboding—“Ecosystem services under pressure?” It was totally a misnomer! Rather than doom and gloom, the four speakers related stories about forests’ value to people. They […]
This discussion focuses on trying to answer the questions: what is knowledge and how is it acquired? To what extend can things be “known?” What can we learn from research on adaptive management of social and natural systems? And how can that learning be translated into wisdom which can help us be better stewards […]
A-26: Impact of tenure arrangements on forests, livelihoods and gender dynamics A hush fell over the crowd. Heads turned as the candid speaker who remarked: “Would I encourage my daughter to study forestry? No. Would I encourage her to travel thousands of miles for conferences? To conduct research in dusty and remote places with no […]
D-02B: Conceptual Frames and Research Strategies for Integrated Studies of Adaptations to Drought Large-scale tree mortality events are prevalent worldwide. Insect outbreaks, fire, and drought are just a few factors that could be contributing to these events. However, there remains much uncertainty as to how plants respond to these stresses and the physiological mechanisms […]
Plenary 3 Panel: Knowledge Discovery, Synthesis, and Application at the Forest Science/Management Interface How can we effectively integrate the many ways of understanding forests to create the best paradigms to manage them? That was the question that moderator Nalini Nadkami, professor of biology at the University of Utah, posed to a panel of five […]
Plenary 3: Knowledge Discovery, Synthesis, and Application at the Forest Science/Management Interface The planet is evolving, according to Jack Dangermond, and geography as a science is playing a key role in that evolution. Dangermond, who is the founder and president of ESRI, addressed the third plenary session of the 2014 IUFRO World Congress. “We […]
For the very first time in the history of IUFRO, this World Congress featured sessions fully dedicated to students’ presentations of their own research. These three “incubator sessions” gave 60 students from all around the world the opportunity to showcase their research using a very particular and innovative format. IUFRO asked the students to submit […]
C-16: Remote Sensing in Carbon Balance Evaluation and Monitoring Carbon monitoring increasingly turns up as a major topic of concern because of the implications for climate change predictions. Scientists are very interested in developing accurate, reliable and repeatable ways to measure carbon. Remote sensing (RS) technologies provide unparalleled tools for doing just that. This session brought together […]
Discussion with Dr. John L Innes, Dean, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Canada. On the opening day of IUFRO 2014 you presented in session A-35, The Social Education of Foresters. The session examined the importance of, and challenges for, integration of social sciences into forestry curricula, emphasizing the changes in learning outcomes that […]
Side Event Friday October 10th,19.00-21.00 Room 250 C The Tropical managed Forest Observatory (TmFO) aims to understand better the resilience of tropical forests to logging and silvicultural practices at regional level in the Amazon basin, Congo basin and South East Asia. During this side event, three presentations will be given by Robert Nasi, Plinio […]
The name Metla will soon be history, but Finnish forest research will continue. Luke is the short name of the new natural resources research institute that will be born in Finland on January 1st, 2015, when the Finnish Forest Research Institute Metla joins MTT Agrifood Research Finland, the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute RKTL […]
IC-08 Hydrology and International Bird Migration in the Great Salt Lake The fourth-largest terminal lake in the world (no outlet), the Great Salt Lake supports between 2 and 5 million shorebirds, as many as 1.7 million eared grebes, and hundreds of thousands of waterfowl during spring and fall migration. The lake is the largest […]
IC-01 Alpine Hydrology – understanding snow science, water, and climate change in alpine environments The Wasatch Range of Utah was the perfect place for tour participants to discuss impacts of large-scale tree mortality. The central topic of this tour was the hydrological and hazard impacts of the beetle epidemic, with some specific notes on […]
New IUFRO-WFSE publication: Forests under pressure ̶Local responses to global issues We are pleased to announce that the newest book of the IUFRO Special Project World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO WFSE) Forests under pressure – Local responses to global issues and the related Issue Brief will be launched at the WFSE Technical Session in […]
G-02: Ozone and Forest Health Tropospheric ozone (O3) is a criteria pollutant that is formed by the reaction of sunlight with ozone precursor molecules such as NOx and VOCs. While the formation of ozone is a natural process, anthropogenic production of ozone precursors through combustion and industrial processes can increase the concentration of O3 […]
On Maintaining Cycles and Feedbacks in Tropical Forest Ecosystems: Some thoughts from Basic Research Despite a long tradition of continued research into the ecology of natural rain forests many insights have still to be acknowledged and applied properly in forest management. Relevant advice continues to be largely ignored, and this has important consequences for conservation […]
Whether you are sitting at your desk, in the kitchen, or walking down the street, you’re likely near something that came from a tree. But biologist and world-renowned tree expert Nalini Nakarni says that our relationship with trees goes much deeper than the resources they provide. From spirituality and recreation to medicine and the arts, […]
President’s Discussion 2014 Emerging Issues in Forest Policy and Practice: Input from Stakeholders to the Science Community The President’s Discussion has become a valued feature of any IUFRO World Congress. The discussion at this year’s Congress focused on identifying with stakeholder’s emerging issues in forest policy and practice. Research in any field has to serve their […]
C-01 Climate Change: A Driver for Land-Use Change and Adaptive Forest Management on Six Continents How is our changing climate impacting our forest ecosystems, and how do we deal with the myriad issues associated with this controversial subject? Tuesday’s session on this meaty subject brought together discussions on the role a changing climate can […]
SP-06 Cultural values, quality of life and forest landscapes Scientists are always questioning. They question popular theories, basic assumptions, statistical methods, simplified models, and so on and so forth. Sometimes all I want is a straight answer. If I was seeking one today, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time! Speakers […]
I just heard that phrase again for the umpteenth time from someone in the natural resource profession. This time it was from Mike Wingfield of South Africa, the incoming president of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), as he recalled being invited by a prestigious colleague to participate in this global organization, dedicated […]
At the XXVI IUFRO World Congress on Forest Science in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Martha ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo accepted the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) 2014 Wangari Maathai Award for her pioneering work to preserve forests and alleviate rural poverty in her native country. The Wangari Maathai Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual […]
Plenary 2: On Maintaining Cycles and Feedbacks in Tropical Forest Ecosystems: Some Thoughts from Basic Research David Newbery has been searching for a better way of doing science for years. “It is time to return to basic science in forestry,” he said. “It is time to be more reflective and modest.” Newbery, who is […]
The Mexican environmental campaigner Martha Isabel ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo has won the Collaborative Partnership on Forests Wangari Maathai Award 2014 for her pioneering work to preserve forests and alleviate rural poverty in her native country. The Wangari Maathai Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend […]
Andy Buchanan, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, addresses the IUFRO 2014 Congress in his keynote address, Monday Oct. 6, 2014.
Bioversity International’s forest genetic resources researcher Judy Loo joins scientists gathering 5-11 October at the 24th IUFRO World Congress in Utah, US. Bioversity International’s side event Implementing a Global Plan of Action for Forest Genetic Resources will take place on 10 October from 19:00-21:00. Judy Loo will present an overview of the first ever report on The State of the […]
F-05 Gender and Forestry Value Chains Women play a critical, and often unrecognized, role in forestry in developing countries, particularly in Non-Timber Forest Product-based (NTFP) activities. Today’s technical sessions F-05 “Gender and Forestry Value Chains” focused on exploring the role women play in these value chains in the context of forest loss and an ever-increasing […]
C-08 Managing Forest for Fire in a Changing Climate Fires are potent land management tools that humans have employed to tame the landscapes they have inhabited for thousands of years. The main thrust for this session, comprising both oral and posters, discussed and shared experiences on the role that prescribed fires play in forests in […]
A-01: Forests and Human Wellbeing: Life Satisfaction and Behavioral Approaches Forests have been valued for timber supply and economic development for centuries. In most developed and developing countries, timber makes a significant contribution to the national GDP. Profit from timber certainly adds to human wellbeing, but forests also provide other less tangible contributions to […]
G-16: Forest Health in Changing Landscapes: The Roles of Landscape Pattern Bob Dylan composed his famous song, “The Times They Are a Changing,” in response to social upheaval in the 1960s. He might as well have written it about today’s forests. Around the world, social and economic changes alter ecosystems at alarming rates (think […]
Session B-05A: The benefits of introducing the ecosystem service concept in forest management and planning at different spatial scales The world’s forests are in a state of flux: land-use change, climate change, deforestation, afforestation, wildfires, pathogen outbreaks. In the face of both anthropogenic and natural forces, now more than ever, there is a need […]
Video Footage of the IUFRO 2014 Opening Ceremony. Read the accompany article – XXVI World Congress on Forest Science is underway
This video tells the grand story of America’s long history of forest research and management. From the beginnings of the U.S. Forest Service with Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot to the highly skilled forest scientists around the country, America’s forests are a legacy worth protecting.
D-01: Long-Term Watershed Studies: What Have We Learned About Eco-Hydrological Functioning From studies in China to Ethiopia to Portugal, the United States, South Korea, and Japan, it’s clear that there’s no simple formula to predict how watersheds will respond to land-use change. This session spoke to the need for site-specific evaluations in making management […]
A-17: Linking Landscape, Forests and People: The Historical Roots of Biocultural Diversity The landscape we see around us today reflects decisions made and actions taken by many people over long periods of time. They made decisions about what trees to plant and where to plant them, how to modify the land for agriculture, which lands […]
B-14 Ecosystem Services Provided by Planted Forests If I stood completely still and simply listened, I could actually hear the beetles ravaging the inner cambium of the pine trees that surrounded me. Bark and frass fell upon the snow around the base of the tree, providing even further evidence of the beetles taking hold of […]
G-01 Air Pollution as a Factor Affecting Global Forest Health Industrial growth has inevitably led to the emission of toxic gases into our atmosphere. When they exceed certain limits or concentrations, these gases are catastrophic and can turn deadly towards the very systems that sustain our survival. Like many ecosystems, forests can easily become a […]
SP-04 The IUFRO Director’s Forum: Crossing Science Boundaries for Benefit of Forests and People Leading research managers from around the world met Monday at the IUFRO World Congress to discuss challenges in forest science. The IUFRO Directors’ Forum is an initiative of IUFRO Research Group 9.02.00 “Management of Forest Research” that brings together heads of […]
SP-03 Forest Health in a Changing world. A cog in the works usually means interference at the least, possibly irreparable damage to a system. From time to time, certain factors (cogs) affect natural systems, influencing their capacities to regenerate or adapt to changes following natural or even human-induced disturbances. Speakers in the plenary session explored […]
SP-01 Forest Foods, Medicines and Human Health Delegates at IUFRO 2014 are excellent Often we just think that forests are trees. But, in fact, there’s a great complexity of plants, fungi and other organisms between the forest floor and the top of the tree canopy, many of them regularly used by humans for food, medicine […]
SP-02 Integrating the Economics of Ecosystem Services into Sustainable Forest Management How much would you pay for beautiful mountain views? How much for forests that purify your drinking water, or the protection of solitary and remote wilderness? If you’re struggling to come up with a dollar amount, you’re not alone. Valuating nature is a challenging […]
A-02 Forests and Human Health: The Role of Research Towards Evidence-Based Practice Take a walk in the forest, it could add years to your life. It might even save it. Dr. Takahide Kagawa from Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute of Japan is showing through his work that forest therapy strengthens our immunity system […]
IUFRO Plenary 1: Modern Timber Buildings from Sustainable Forests Just a few years ago, two major earthquakes struck Christchurch, New Zealand within six months. The first, a 7.1-magnitude quake, struck the Canterbury Plains to the west of the city in September 2010, but resulted in no deaths. The second, a 6.3-magnitude aftershock from the first earthquake, took place under […]
The 2014 IUFRO Scientific Achievement Awards IUFRO presents the Scientific Achievement Awards for outstanding research published in scientific journals, proceedings of scientific meetings, books, appropriate patents or other achievements important to the advancement of regional or world forestry or forestry research. Shirong Liu, Chairman of the IUFRO Honors and Awards Committee, announced this year’s […]
Forestry research is a vast and diverse field, rich with expertise in many scientific arenas. Three renowned experts from varied fields of study were recognized with Host Country Scientific Achievement Awards during the IUFRO 2014 World Congress Opening Ceremony. These awards recognize distinguished careers that have had exceptional impact. The recipients, Dr. Harold E. Burkhart, […]
Submit Your Questions During IUFRO2014 Researchers from around the world are gathering this week at the IUFRO 24th World Congress in Salt Lake City to discuss the future, and the related challenges, facing forests and forest management in the 21st century. This comes hard on the heels of the climate talks in New York in […]
Nearly 4,000 scientists and experts from more than 105 countries have convened for the 24th IUFRO World Congress & SAF/CIF Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA this week to share their research and discuss the leading issues facing the world’s forests. Conference attendees were awed by a traditional song and dance performance by Native […]
Clouds, snow, and finally sun greeted 69 participants of the Pre-Congress Training Session as they practiced their skills in research methods and communicating forest science at the Snowbird Resort outside Salt Lake City, Utah on September 29 to October 2. Participants traveled from 30 countries, primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America, to attend the […]
One of my online subscription newsletters really paid off when I saw an announcement about the 2014 IUFRO World Congress to be held in America (one of the places to visit in my bucket list). About a year ago, I took note of the deadlines, sent in my abstract and forgot about it. On January […]
The Road Less Traveled – Developing Alternative Pathways for Forestry Education for Place-based Students
It is sobering to note that in the United States over half of the people involved in forestry and wildland firefighting are Native American. Yet less than one percent of professional forestry graduates are Native. While working on post-fire activities on a large fire on a larger reservation, I read through hundreds of job applications. […]
I looked down the dark grey barrel of the shotgun, pulled the trigger, and watched a small branch tumble down to the ground through the canopy (maybe after a couple of shots if it had been a stubborn ponderosa pine). My assistant and I bagged the sample and put it with the others to be […]
Many evidences documented and published by scholarly organizations, and scholars have revealed that climate change (CC) affects people, plants, and animals in many ways. Observed effects of CC include changes in the range and distribution of plants and animals, trees blooming earlier, lengthening of growing seasons, sea level rise, melting glaciers, dried of water sources […]
This is my pleasure to inform you about a success story on sketching future forests of Bangladesh applying climate change scenarios in a generic version i.e. similar method you may apply to draw your future forest. This is a collaborative project between the foresters of Bangladesh (IFESCU) and USA (USDA). Bangladesh is a South Asian […]
The IUFRO Pre-Congress Social Media Workshop will will be held at Salt Palace Convention Center on Sunday, 5 October 2014, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA from 10:00 – 16:00 in room 151-G. The workshop which is free-of-charge will introduce how to utilize the web and social media tools to promote science. This workshop will […]
One of the major crises we face today is the ever-growing mass extinction of living beings caused by human activities. Our knowledge of global biodiversity and extinction is very limited, but of the 5 to 50 million species believed to exist, conservative estimates points to about 17500 being lost each year, that is, 2 species […]
The challenge of conserving tropical peat amidst the rising tide of oily palms “Tropical peat swamps….what, like bogs?” asks a friend, hearing about my research for the first time. “Yes, bogs with trees on top,” I reply. “Why peat bogs?” they ask, entirely bemused. Good question. Tropical peat swamp forests are full of mosquitoes, infested […]
From 20th Century plant hunters to 21st Century forest modellers – the many uses of biological records in forest biodiversity conservation
What could early 20th Century plant hunters have to do with the contemporary conservation movement? Research conducted by scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew draws on plant collections made from the tropical rainforest of New Guinea over 60 years ago to help make predictions about the past, current and future distributions of ecologically and […]
A pidgin phrase from northwest Cameroon—‘Chop, no broke pot’ (Eat, but don’t overdo it)—is, essentially, a call for sustainable consumption. The saying also highlights the tensions in governing desirable forest resources in that country. An example is Prunus africana, a tree native the mountains of central Africa used by local people for fuelwood, carving, and […]
How does a grassroots organization match effective sustainable development with meaningful forest research in rural Africa? Through true partnership. There is something incredibly valuable about a community project starting out of friendship. The goals of the project then go beyond the scope of the project itself. Community Forests International began when Executive Director Jeff Schnurr’s […]
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Trees: Measuring the impacts of Nepal’s community forestry programme through repeat imagery
Who better to take care of the world’s forests than the people who live in and directly depend on them? Over the past 30 years, most developing countries have transitioned toward a decentralized system of forest management that gives local communities greater rights and responsibilities. Globally, land management rights for at least 10% (approximately 400 […]
In this materialistic world, I used to wonder about the advances in material creation. All sophisticated gadgets and products make our life really livable! Often I am more fascinated by the real creations the trees make, each unique in its own way, so unique that only one species knows it all! So complicated they are […]
Forests are inextricably linked to our social and economic value, to our bonds with nature and to the health of all ecosystems. Forests have a central role to play as the world confronts the challenges of improved livelihoods for a growing population. If predictions prove correct, the world will need to shelter, feed, clothe, and […]
BOGOR, Indonesia – To prepare for a rise in sea level, you should surely first know where sea level is. The dense mangrove forests around many of Asia’s coasts appear flat, but there is an invisible gradient hidden in them. As you move landward from the sea, the amount of salt dissolved in the water […]
KERANG, Australia – For thousands of years lush wetlands and dense wooded scrub flanked Australia’s greatest river, until it was largely drained and cut away less than two centuries ago. Now the land is changing again and into what, we do not yet know. On the banks of a major tributary of the great Murray […]
I hate to do this but I have to ask you to mentally retrieve your visual memory of the horrific images of the infamous famine of the early eighties in Northern Ethiopia that caused mass starvation, death and migration. Repeated droughts during those years did not only result in exhaustion of food reserves across drought […]
For thousands of years, American Indians have been managing the forests in which they live. Today, with trained professionals who are tribal members, their forests are managed with modern tools and methods; include manufacturing facilities and address global forest issues such as climate change, forest certification, carbon sequestration and a changing work force. But the […]
Agroforestry must be hailed for its decisive implications for small-scale and marginal farmers. Besides producing a wider assortment of crops agroforestry also provides important benefits in terms of ecosystem services and local biodiversity. As we mark the 2014 International Year of Family Farming, lets understand – It’s not about best practice, but best fit. In […]
Hundreds of millions of poor people around the world depend directly or indirectly on forests for their livelihoods and subsistence. There is huge demand of natural food products to fulfil nutritional requirements of many living amid forests in remote and inaccessible tracts. Most of the times nutritional and food security questions of communities especially dwelling […]
Greetings to all fellow readers! I am Manish Kumar from Allahabad. The reason I am writing this blog is to create awareness and make an appeal to all those who will be reading this to make a move by involving the masses to most of whom this blog might not be accessible. Forests are inevitably […]
Yale Professor Chadwick Dearing “Chad” Oliver will be awarded the prestigious Host Country Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), the largest global network of forest researchers, during its World Congress in Salt Lake City in October. He is one of three recipients of the award, which recognizes outstanding career achievements […]
UCLA professor, NCSE Founder and Boardmember, honored for expanding our understanding of tropical forests
Stephen Hubbell is first American in 4 decades to win international organization’s scientific achievement award Stephen Hubbell, a distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UCLA, will be presented a Scientific Achievement Award during the opening ceremony of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations World Congress on Oct. 6. No American has won […]
A new approach beyond an ancient history: Lessons from Community Forestry Management in Iran’s Semi-arid Oak Forests
For millions of years, forests and people across the Zagros forest of Iran evolved together, creating perhaps the most unique socio-ecological system in the world. From one of the earliest stories ever written in 2700 BC. about Mesopotamian civilization “To provide the timber to build the city of Gilgamesh, the forests of the Zagros range east of […]
JEPARA, Indonesia — Women have worked with wood for centuries in Jepara, the capital of Indonesia’s thriving carved teak and mahogany furniture industry. Unfortunately, recently the trees and the women whose lives depend on them have not gotten a very good deal. After decades of over-exploitation, Indonesia’s stocks of teak and mahogany are dwindling. If […]
ALUTILLA VALLEY, Bangladesh – Imagine a forest that is not really a forest, but a multi-layered garden reaching up more than 10 meters. It produces more than 25 times as much income as the rice it usually replaces and forms a ‘canopy’ that provides a home for endangered plants and animals. It’s a dream, right? […]
A comprehensive study of the conditions that assist sustainable forest development will be published at the upcoming IUFRO World Congress this fall in Salt Lake City, USA. The title of the publication, produced by the IUFRO Special Project on World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO-WFSE), is Forests Under Pressure – Local Responses to Global Issues. […]
Earth, the only planet with life, our home and place where all the great events related to human history have taken place, calls for our collective efforts to save its constantly changing environment towards the negative. We have to unite in order to save it, and work towards a sustainable future. In this modern era, […]
When it comes to sustaining forests so that they can sustain people, forest certification has been heralded as an important tool for improved forest stewardship. The jury is still out on just how much forest certification schemes can tackle deforestation and forest degradation. But a recent study by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) […]
Yes, there is a generous shrub that gives gold! Can you believe this? Do you want to know more about it? OK, we talk about the generous mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus) that generates money to rural women! The Money comes from the gold which exists within the fruits of the shrub. Difficult to assimilate? Don’t […]
Decision making in Forest Management can be supported in many ways. Decision Support Systems (DSS) are computer-based systems which provide support in solving ill-structured decision problems. Decision makers are able to interact with research models and database management systems. The expert knowledge of scientists, managers, and decision makers is combined to support specific decision making […]
The IUFRO 2014 World Congress will bring together 3000 delegates from around the world together to showcase and discuss their work. We want to expose this tremendous amount of research to the world and we are recruiting help. There is a core-team of communications professionals who will be covering the sessions, writing blog posts, live-tweeting, […]
I was a university researcher when I checked forestry activities for the first time. I felt confused. We, from the academia, have powerful concepts and visions, rich graphs and brilliant slides. Yet, if you visit a small-scale forestry site in Italian Alps, firstly you should know the local dialect. I did not. Besides, I had […]
The need to decouple livelihood activities from forest degradation is increasingly becoming an important developmental challenge in most rural communities in South Africa. In most rural communities across South Africa forest resources are found to be a significant contributor to household’s welfare and livelihood. In some instances, forest resources serves as a reserve of products […]
I have a dream that one day the man will stop spreading new plant diseases from one location to another one. We hold it should be self-evident; that no one should introduce harmful organisms to new areas, where they may cause forest destruction. The old history covering the tales of Chestnut blight, White pine blister […]
Forest development in regions with low precipitation is not easy, because water is very important for people who are living in arid and semiarid areas and the first priority of people for available water will be for living and agricultural products. In order to find a practical way for afforestation development and optimal and viable […]
It’s just possible that sustainable biomass could be, if not a panacea for the world’s energy challenges, then perhaps the next best thing. And not only the energy sector would benefit. The reasons for the sustainable use of biomass are many and good, says Dr Viktor Bruckman of the Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies at […]
“Trees provide shade, shelter from heavy winds, fresh air and they also beautify the home,” says Grace, a farmer from the village of Mchanao in southern Malawi, as we sit under the shade of a mango tree beside the small house where she lives with her five children. “I really love to see trees around.” […]
Farmer’s desire for dendro-biomass production in semi-arid region of Andhra Pradesh, India: constraints and potentials
Many times we fail to acknowledge things available next door which are capable of solving both local and global problems. Similarly biomass production in any form going to meet world’s energy demand by converting it through combustion, gasification, pyrolysis, composting, fermentation or trans-esterification into energy. So we conducted a field survey to assess the post […]
Introduction Bamboo is the single most important forest produce used by the rural communities in Ethiopia and several regions of the world. Since the commodity is multi-purpose and processing is labour-intensive, bamboo-based development leads to the creation of new employment opportunities and income generation, especially in rural communities and expansion of opportunities for women in […]
Have you ever wonder, even a leaf of a tree makes someone’s life beautiful. Many of the farmers in the villages of India since tradition used to take their lunch using leaves. During my child hood, I got chance to have my lunch in Agave leave. During graduation days, whenever I used to go for […]
Showcase your Research and Projects! Ahead of the upcoming IUFRO World Congress, we want to provide a platform for you to showcase your work and enter for a chance to win a cash prize of $500 USD! We know that there is a lot of interesting work being conducted around the world and that a […]
With a result that offers major potential for the forest industry, an international team of researchers has successfully sequenced and analyzed the genome of Eucalyptus grandis. “Now that we understand which genes determine specific characteristics in these trees, we will be able to breed trees that grow faster, have higher quality wood and use water […]
The urban forest means different things to different people. Many of us see only visually pleasing tree-lined streets, or enjoy the coolness afforded by shade trees on hot days. Those more closely involved with the urban forest see that – and much, much more. They also see the urban forest in terms of the ecosystem […]
Sometimes, they say, you can’t see the forest for the trees. And one group of sub-plenary session organizers for the upcoming IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City might amend that to read: “Sometimes you can’t see the forest for anything but the timber value in the trees.” The organizers – Hannu Raitio and Tuija […]
As a joke, people used to say: “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute. It’ll change.” Now they say that about the climate – but they’re a lot more serious. The rapidly changing climate will precipitate related changes throughout nature. And that includes the world’s forests. Anticipating climate change impacts on forests […]
Invasive species are a threat to forest ecosystems around the world. No surprise there. Thousands of invasive flora and fauna have been transported – sometimes by accident, sometimes by design – to different continents and countries. Very often their impact is detrimental to their new region. But, usually when one thinks of the negative impacts […]
Looking toward the future is enough to make you, ahem, “turn green” with envy. It’s all about a greener future. That future and, more specifically, how it relates to the world’s forests will be one of many subjects discussed at the XXIV IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah, this fall. A session there, […]
Forest researchers from around the world will gather at the IUFRO 24th World Congress in Salt Lake City this fall where one of the issues will be to address the future, and the related challenges, facing forests and forest management in the 21st century. Providing a sort of scientific crystal ball to give glimpses into the years […]