October 13th, 2014

Salt Lake City Declaration

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 […]

Plenary 5, Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch: CIty Forests, Forest Cities-Exploring The Liaison Between The Sylvan And The Urban
October 12th, 2014

Video: Keynote – Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch

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 […]

Jim Reaves
October 12th, 2014

Interview: Dr. Jim Reaves, USFS

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
October 12th, 2014

Interview: Dr. Julius Adewopo

Dr. Julius Adewopo from Nigeria discusses the path that led him to winning the IUFRO Student Award for Science Excellence.

Rodriguez Pineros
October 12th, 2014

Interview: Dr. Sandra Rodriguez Pineros

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.

SANDRA Luque Screenshot
October 12th, 2014

Interview: Dr. Sandra Luque, IRSTEA

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 […]

Sally Aitken
October 12th, 2014

Interview: Dr. Sally Aitken, UBC

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, Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch: CIty Forests, Forest Cities-Exploring The Liaison Between The Sylvan And The Urban
October 12th, 2014

Fighting Nature-Deficit Disorder by Bringing Trees into Our Cities

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 […]

Example of  pine wilting caused by pinewood nematodes. Credit: University of Illinois Extension
October 11th, 2014

Looking for Ways to Fight the Alien Invasion

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 […]

Group walking logging roads. Credit: Sam Beebe
October 11th, 2014

America’s first forest stewards

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 […]

Building A "Ca' da Mont" of Planezzo. Credit: Frattari
October 11th, 2014

Wood and Forest Culture

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 […]

Central Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Vancouver Island, Canada Credit: Leigh R. Hilbert
October 11th, 2014

Beyond Timber

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 […]

Breakfast SAF
October 11th, 2014

SAF/CIF Breakfast with the Leaders

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 […]

In East Asia, the two-person handsaw is often used for the primary breakdown of logs in small-scale forestry. P. Dugan
October 11th, 2014

Small Enough to Make a Difference

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 […]

October 11th, 2014

Interview: Dr. John Parrotta, USFS

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.

Carol J.P Colfer addresses audience at IUFRO 2014.
October 11th, 2014

Video: Keynote Address – Dr. Carol Colfer

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.

Su See Lee
October 11th, 2014

Interview: Dr. Su See Lee, FRIM

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.

October 11th, 2014

Interview: Dr. Rod Keenan

Interview with Dr. Rod Keenan, Director of the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research at the University of Melbourne.

October 11th, 2014

Interview: Mike Wingfield, IUFRO President

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.

Dr. Harold Burkhart
October 11th, 2014

Interview: Dr. Harold Burkhart

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
October 11th, 2014

Interview: May Anne Then, IFSA

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.

October 11th, 2014

Interview: Dr. Michael Kleine, IUFRO

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.

CIFOR scientists are working alongside Brazil nut harvesters to measure the production of Brazil nut trees and determine the impact of selective logging. Marco Simola/CIFOR
October 11th, 2014

Changing Needs and Changing Policies in Tropical Forest Management

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 […]

October 11th, 2014

The Future of IUFRO: Having Confidence in Our Own Ingenuity

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 […]

Blue Mountain Hospital  in Oregon replaced one of its 1950s crude oil boilers with a wood-pellet boiler -- saving the hospital about $100,000 a year in heating costs. |Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Energy, courtesy of DOE.
October 11th, 2014

Forest industry’s Ultimate Rorschach Test

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 […]

Mangrove forests or grow at tropical and subtropical latitudes near the equator and line about two-thirds of the coastlines in tropical areas of the world. Photo by NOAA.
October 11th, 2014

Tracking Down Carbon in Water-Soaked Forests

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 […]

ISA and ODRA Awardees at award ceremony. Picture: Ramin Khorchidi
October 11th, 2014

IUFRO Awards for Graduate and PhD Students Announced

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 […]

Carol J.P Colfer addresses audience at IUFRO 2014.
October 11th, 2014

The Only Sustainable World is an Equitable One

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 […]

Native forest reserve in Australia. In the past, these areas were used for timber production; now they're managed for conservation.
October 10th, 2014

Too Hot To Handle?  Insight on Human-Forest Conflict Management

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 […]

One of the main reasons for establishing the REDD+ program was to reduce carbon emissions associated with deforestation in developing countries. Photo by CIFOR.
October 10th, 2014

How are we Doing so Far? An Appraisal of Experiences in Implementing REDD+ Initiatives

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 […]

Wood Pellets - Credit CERTS
October 10th, 2014

From Forests to Energy: The Economic Challenges and Benefits of Producing Bioenergy

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 […]

October 10th, 2014

Dr. Deepak Dhyani wins #IUFRO2014 Pre-Congress Blog Competition

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 […]

Photo by Ollivier Girard for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 10th, 2014

Restoring the World Forests, One Species at a Time

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 […]

Source: David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
October 10th, 2014

Energy From Biomass: Can it Help in Climate Change Mitigation?

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 […]

Source: Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
October 10th, 2014

Managing the Mountains

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 […]

Photo by Marco Simola for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 10th, 2014

Theory lets you see the invisible

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 […]

Photo by Mokhammad Edliadi for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 10th, 2014

Coastal Forests and Mangroves: What’s their Role in Local Livelihoods?

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 […]

Jolanda Roux
October 10th, 2014

Interview: Dr. Jolanda Roux

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 Haskall
October 10th, 2014

Video: Jack Dangermond & David Haskell Joint Keynote Plenary

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 […]

Photo by Mokhammad Edliadi for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 10th, 2014

Forests as Supermarkets, Gyms, and Insurance Companies

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 […]

October 10th, 2014

Video: David Haskell, Jack Dangermond et al Joint Panel Discussion

  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 […]

The ability of women to participate equally in community forestry varies from country to country. Photo by FAO.
October 10th, 2014

Sex and Forest Tenure

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 […]

Ogden Archive, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
October 10th, 2014

Who Will Survive the Drought?

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 […]

October 10th, 2014

Integration and Communication to Bridge the Gap between Science and Management

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 […]

Jack Dangermond on the wonders of Web GIS. Source: Schramm
October 9th, 2014

Discovering Knowledge through Geography and the Inconspicuous Proletariat

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 […]

October 9th, 2014

Incubating Future Scientists

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 […]

3D vegetation structure of mangrove forests of Colombia measured with interferometric radar and lidar data. Courtesy of NASA.
October 9th, 2014

Watching Carbon from the Skies

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 […]

October 9th, 2014

Social Education & Barriers to Updating University Forestry Curricula

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 […]

October 9th, 2014

TmFO – Understanding the resilience of disturbed forests in the tropics

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 […]

Hannu Raito
October 9th, 2014

Metla becomes Luke

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 […]

Source: Toby Eberle
October 9th, 2014

Stunning Sights on Antelope Island

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 […]

View from the Snowbird Tram with the Spyglass App showing the location, elevation, azimuth, and slope steepness from the top to the bottom. Source: Bill Elliot
October 9th, 2014

What’s Going On with Alpine Water?

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 […]

October 8th, 2014

Forests under pressure ̶ Local responses to global issues

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 […]

Photo by Marco Simola for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 8th, 2014

Disentangling Plant Interactions with Tropospheric Ozone

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 […]

David Newberry
October 8th, 2014

Video: David Newberry Keynote Address

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 […]

Image by Nicola, CC via Flickr
October 8th, 2014

Between Earth and Sky

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, […]

Steve Johnson, ITTO speaks at IUFRO President's Discussion. Credit: Ramin Korchidi
October 8th, 2014

President’s Discuss Emerging Issues in Forest Policy and Practice

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 […]

Source: Neil Palmer/CIAT for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 8th, 2014

Can Climate Change be a Driver for Land-Use Change and Adaptive Forest Management?

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 […]

Liu Jinlong and fellow presenters discuss Cultural Values, Quality of Life, and Forest Landscapes
October 8th, 2014

Pondering the Role of Culture in Sustainable Forest Management

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 […]

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October 8th, 2014

“It Changed My Life”

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 […]

CPF Award Ceremony
October 8th, 2014

Interview: Martha ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo – CPF 2014 Wangari Maathai Award Winner

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 […]

David Newbery calls for a return to basic science at the 2014 IUFRO World Congress.
October 8th, 2014

Seeking a Middle Way in Ecological Research

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 […]

CPF Award Ceremony
October 8th, 2014

Video: CPF Wangari Maathai Award Ceremony

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 […]

October 8th, 2014

Largest forest research conference worldwide opens this week in Salt Lake City

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 […]

Woman of Pengerak village makes a bemban mat. Bemban mat is one of non-timber forest product (NTFP) from Lake Sentarum National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.


Photo by Ramadian Bachtiar for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
October 7th, 2014

Forestry Through a Gender Lens: The Role of Women in Forestry Value Chains

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 […]

October 7th, 2014

Reassessing the value of forests to human wellbeing

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 […]

Human activities often fragment forests. Photo by Larry Korhnak.
October 7th, 2014

The forests they are a changin’

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 […]

Forests provide ecological and cultural value that must be measured. Source: David Stephens, Bugwood.org
October 7th, 2014

Ecosystem Services Need to Be Incorporated Into Forest Management

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 […]

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October 7th, 2014

Video: Forest Service Research – Protecting a Rich Legacy

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.

Long-term research on watersheds shows that there's no simple formula to predict how watersheds will respond to land-use change. Photo by National Park Service.
October 7th, 2014

No two watersheds are the same

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 […]

Nicholas Brokaw presents findings on the long-term impacts of Maya occupation on the landscape.
October 7th, 2014

Deciding How We Want Our Landscapes to Look

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 […]

USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region, Bugwood.org
October 7th, 2014

Can Planted Forests Assist in Restoring Ecosystem Services?

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 […]

Source: Dan Aamlid, Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, Bugwood.org
October 7th, 2014

Shut Off That Engine!

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 […]

Peter Mayer, director of the Austria Research Centre for Forests, moderates a sub-plenary session at the IUFRO World Congress in Salt Lake City.
October 7th, 2014

Heads of research and education institutions underline need of crossing science boundaries

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 […]

Severe outbreaks of mountain pine beetle can throw a cog in forest ecosystems. Photo courtesy of Bugwood.org
October 7th, 2014

Cogs in the Works of Ecosystem Resilience

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 […]

Ramps, ephemeral forest foods gathered in the spring in the southern Appalachian region.
October 7th, 2014

Foraging, food security, and forest management

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 […]

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October 7th, 2014

Can You Put a Price on Nature?

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 […]

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October 7th, 2014

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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 […]

Andy Buchanan presents the first plenary session at the IUFRO World Congress.
October 7th, 2014

Bending, not breaking: Engineered wood products help rebuild Christchurch

 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 […]

Scientific Achievement Award winners, from left to right:  Shibu Jose, Aino A. Mäkelä-Carter, Sally Aitken, Robert Kozak, Jürgen Bauhus, Christopher Harwood, Richard Hamelin, and Guisseppe Scarascia Mugnozza. Not pictured: Jolanda Roux.
October 6th, 2014

Science for Sustaining the World’s Forests

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 […]

From L to R: IUFRO President Niels Elers Koch; Award Winners Dr. Chadwick Dearing Oliver, Dr. Harold E. Burkhart, and Dr. Stephen Hubbell; USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie; Congress Organizing Committee Chair Richard Guldin.
October 6th, 2014

Preeminent Forest Scientists Receive Scientific Achievement Award

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, […]

October 6th, 2014

T20Q – Top twenty questions for forestry and landscapes

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 […]

Dancer from Twoshields Production Co.
October 6th, 2014

XXVI World Congress on Forest Science is Underway

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 […]

IUFRO-SPDC Participants outside Snowbird, Utah, USA. Photo Credit: Ramin Korchidi
October 6th, 2014

Research and Communication Skills Honed at Pre-Congress Training

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 […]

Communicating Forest Science group photo at the SPDC Workshop (Credit Ramin Kordichi and Laura Quevedo)
October 2nd, 2014

From Southeast Asia to the IUFRO 2014 SPDC Pre-Congress Training

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 […]

A salmon carcass exerimentally placed in an Idaho streat tht once was home to naturally spawning salmon
October 1st, 2014

Shooting Trees for Science Because of Salmon

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 […]

Ecosystem based adaptation in Nepal, photo: Dharam
October 1st, 2014

Reducing Vulnerability and enhance socio-ecological resilience in the face of climate change

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 […]

Photo illustrated seedlings of Artocarpus Chaplasha, an important commercial forest species in Bangladesh under high scenario of climate change (Photo: M. Al Amin).
October 1st, 2014

A Success Story of Forest Research Collaboration

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 […]

October 1st, 2014

IUFRO Pre-Congress Social Media Workshop

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 […]

Atlas Moth
September 30th, 2014

Insects as bio-indicators for monitoring landscape biodiversity

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 […]

A peatland in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo, where degraded peat swamp forest (left) abuts an area recently drained and converted into an oil palm plantation (mature plantings are visible in the background); pioneer species are regenerating in the foreground, amidst felled forest trees, ferns and young oil palms.  [Image taken by L.E.S.Cole.]
September 30th, 2014

A plug for peat

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 […]

New Guinea fig specimen, georeferencing maps and habitat suitability model integrated in the Google Earth interface
Picture credit: Thomas Starnes, RBG Kew
September 30th, 2014

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 […]

Harvesting Prunus africana bark on Mount Cameroon. (Credit: Verina Ingram)
September 29th, 2014

From endangered to everyday tree? How governance makes a difference

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 […]

CFI's Rural Innovation Campus allows local communities to experiment, pilot, and demonstrate new ideas in forest conservation in Pemba, Tanzania. (Credit: Community Forests Pemba)
September 29th, 2014

Plant a Tree, Grow a Friend

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 […]

Fig. 1 Repeat photgraphs of Charikot, Dolakha District
September 29th, 2014

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 […]

A borer damage teak tree in Doginala Karnataka, India
September 27th, 2014

Renew the interest in Renewables to sustain forests and sustain people!

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 […]

Engaging with local people in forested landscape
September 27th, 2014

Managing natural capital for improved livelihoods

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 […]

Aerial view of a vast mangrove ecosystem in Bintuni Bay, West Papua showing colonization of Avicinea marina in the mudflat
Photo credit: Daniel Murdiyarso
September 25th, 2014

Finding a level playing field for mangroves

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 […]

Murray River, Australia
(Photo Credit - Tim Philips)
September 25th, 2014

Australia’s Missing Woodland

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 […]

Fodder, firewood, planting-cuttings, construction poles, etc., all products from a single tree. (Photo by Dr. Mulubrahn Balehegn)
September 24th, 2014

The tree that saved a village

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 […]

September 24th, 2014

Congress Spotlight #28: American Indian forestry: blending science and tradition

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 […]

Lush beauty, food security and carbon capture in compact packages. Photo Credit: Eskil Mattsson
September 23rd, 2014

Analog Forestry: re-establishing natural biodiversity

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 […]

Wild edible fruits seeds and community participation approach. Credit: Dr. Deepak Dhyani
September 19th, 2014

Sustaining forests and people by conserving lesser known underutilised wild edibles

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 […]

Rice crop with poplar and citrus plantation.
September 19th, 2014

Agro-Forestry: Service to Agriculture, Boon to the Forests

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 […]

September 17th, 2014

Yale’s Chad Oliver Honored For Contributions to Forest Science

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 […]

Dr. Stephen Hubbell
September 17th, 2014

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 […]

Women workers finish assembling furniture. Jepara, Central Java, Indonesia. Photo credit: CIFOR
September 10th, 2014

Carving a place for women’s rights in Indonesia’s furniture trade

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 […]

Harvesting rise in the Chittagong Hill tracts. Photo credit: Alex Treadway
September 10th, 2014

Gardens in the sky – Advantages of agroforestry in Bangladesh

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? […]

August 29th, 2014

Congress Spotlight #26: To manage forests sustainably – think synergy

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. […]

Doing my bit, planting for the planet! Credit: Ms. Oyar Tatin
August 26th, 2014

Being a youth activist, a need of today?

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, […]

Picture shows the workers' compound in FSC-certified concession and the workers coming back from work. Credit Edouard Essiane, CIFOR.
August 26th, 2014

Certifying logging concessions certifies social benefits in Congo Basin

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) […]

Gold harvest by rural women
August 22nd, 2014

The generous golden shrub!

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 […]

Community of Practice for Forest Management Decision Support Systems
August 11th, 2014

The future of Forest Management Decision Support Systems

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 […]

August 8th, 2014

Announcing a call for joining the #IUFRO2014 SMT and Pre-Congress Social Media Workshop

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, […]

Researchers of CASTLE ITN Project in a French forest, speaking about sustainability. Credit: Frank Müller
August 7th, 2014

Words are important! E.g., we should use #sustainability wisely…

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 […]

On of our Study Village
August 4th, 2014

How can forests in a green economy contribute to resilient rural livelihood in South Africa?

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 […]

Montesclaros monastry – the cradle of a scientific declaration intended to save the forests of the world - Jarkko Hantula
August 3rd, 2014

I have a dream on healthy future forests

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 […]

Afforestation close to desert in Iran
August 3rd, 2014

Forest and sustainable developments in regions with low precipitation

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 […]

By selecting proper species and breeding experiments as well as genetic modifications as done here in Thailand, fast growing species plantations are capable of producing enormous amounts of biomass within short periods of time. The challenge is, however, to sustain soil fertility, biodiversity and other ecosystem services such as clean water. (Photo by Viktor Bruckman)
July 30th, 2014

Congress Spotlight #24 – Got a question? Biomass may be the answer

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 […]

An important benefit of tree planting is the provision of firewood. Credit to Author.
July 24th, 2014

What motivates farmers in Malawi to plant trees?

“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.” […]

Melia dubia plantation with dense undergrowth of Leucaena leucoephala windings. Photo taken at Mr. Veerabhadrappa's farm at Molakalmuru taluk, Chitradurga District, Karnataka
July 23rd, 2014

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 […]

Women selling and buying different bamboo products at local market
July 16th, 2014

Bamboo: Green gold for rural poor in Hula District, Ethiopia

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 […]

Kashiram with his Donas (leaf plates) and his son (left) and Principal Scientist Dr. R.P. Dwivedi
July 16th, 2014

The leaf of a tree makes Kashiram’s life beautiful

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 […]

July 1st, 2014

Announcing the #IUFRO2014 Blog Competition

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 […]

Professor Zander Myburg of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in front of Eucalypt trees. Photo by Photowise.
June 27th, 2014

Spotlight #23 – Eucalyptus genome successfully sequenced

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 […]

Experiencing the floodplain forests of the city of Leipzig, Germany, from the river (photo by Matilda Annerstedt)
June 27th, 2014

Congress Spotlight #22 – Green cities: The benefits of the urban forest

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 […]

Forest Berries (Petr Kratochvil)
June 22nd, 2014

Congress Spotlight #21 – The forest pharmacy and food store

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 […]

June 21st, 2014

Congress Spotlight #20 – The climate’s changing: So should forest management

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 […]

June 21st, 2014

Congress Spotlight #19 – ‘Citizen science’: A way to fight invasive species?

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 […]

Spotlight 18
June 21st, 2014

Congress Spotlight #18 – Consumers and Industry: Keen on Green

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, […]

June 20th, 2014

Congress Spotlight #17 – Forest outlook: What does the future hold?

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 […]