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 […]

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]