ISTF Update 15 October 2020

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Dear ISTF members:

We hope the ISTF Community is safe and well at this time of COVID-19.

See below for the latest ISTF news. Please contribute material for the next editions. Contact tropicalforesters@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

Previous ISTF Updates can be downloaded from this link.
SAF-ISTF Newsletters can be downloaded from this link.

Sheila Ward
ISTF Coordinator

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1. ISTF Website: Check it out! The new ISTF website is now open at www.tropicalforesters.org. We need your suggestions for improvements and your contributions. Thanks to those who have contributed for the blog. These pieces will be posted periodically over the next weeks.

2. Want to do a blog, podcast, or webinar for ISTF? Please fill out this brief survey. Do you have recent reports or publications to share? Do you have any reminiscences of ISTF? Do you have quotes or cool photos (your photo or open source) to share for the developing website? For these, please send to tropicalforesters@gmail.com

3. Cuatro retos operacionales para escalar la implementación de la restauración de paisajes en América Latina y el Caribe. Fecha y hora: 28 oct 2020 12:00 PM Hora del este (EE. UU. y Canadá). Países alrededor del mundo ha manifestado su ambición de llevar a la restauración aproximadamente 170 millones de hectáreas en paisajes degradados al 2030. La magnitud de los compromisos nacionales requiere la implementación de operaciones sostenibles que resultan ser diferentes a las operaciones tradicionales. Este seminario en línea compartirá estrategias innovadoras para superar cuatro retos operacionales desde los viveros y establecimiento hasta el manejo y el aprovechamiento de los productos del proceso. Se necesitan operaciones forestales innovadoras y costo efectivas para la sostenibilidad en el largo plazo de la restauración. Este evento forma parte de las actividades del Grupo de Trabajo de Buenas Prácticas de la Iniciativa 20×20 y la división 3.09.00 de IUFRO sobre Operaciones forestales sostenibles para la restauración de paisajes. Se encuentra más información y registración en https://initiative20x20.org/events/cuatro-retos-operacionales-para-escalar-la-restauracion-de-paisajes

4. Seminario Internacional: Construyendo diálogo sobre gobernanza forestal: conservación, gestión sostenible y restauración del paisaje. De miembro de ISTF Sebastião Kengen: Entre el 22 de octubre y 12 de noviembre por la Universidad de Sao Paulo, el evento en línea está organizado por el Grupo de Investigación en Gobernanza Forestal de la Universidad de São Paulo (GGF/USP), con apoyo del Center for the Analysis of Social-Ecological Landscapes (CASEL, Universidade de Indiana), University of the Sunshine Coast (Austrália), Università degli Studi di Padova (Itália) e da Wageningen University & Research (Holanda). El objetivo principal del Seminario es discutir las tendencias actuales en la gobernanza forestal, con foco en Brasil, pero también en otras localidades, considerando perspectivas teóricas, experiencias de investigación e iniciativas internacionales, nacionales y locales. Con ello, esperamos compartir conocimientos, generar reflexiones y despertar propuestas capaces de superar los desafíos de implementar programas y proyectos de conservación, manejo y restauración de bosques en diferentes paisajes. ¡Invitamos a todos y todas interesadas en el tema a participar y difundir! Horários: 9am -12am. Fechas: 22/10, 29/10, 05/11 e 12/11 de 2020. Programación en: http://www.iee.usp.br/?q=pt-br/evento/web-semin%C3%A1rio-internacional-construindo-di%C3%A1logos-sobre-governan%C3%A7a-florestal-conserva%C3%A7%C3%A3o Inscripciones: https://www.even3.com.br/cdsgf_20/

5. GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: Register now. On 28-29 October 2020, biodiversity will come to the fore at the GLF Biodiversity Digital Conference: One World – One Health. Expect 7,000+ global citizens attending and 200+ expert speakers. The agenda is live now: 6 plenaries, 23 interactive sessions, networking opportunities, 4+ major launches and more.

6. Are you are involved in the management of a forest restoration project? Please participate in an online survey on Forest Restoration Practices from the University of Lisbon, School of Agriculture, Portugal (http://www.isa.ulisboa.pt/), Bioversity International (https://www.bioversityinternational.org/) and the Associação Natureza Portugal (ANP), (World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Portugal) (https://www.natureza-portugal.org/). Final date is 6th December 2020.
English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Forest_Restoration_En ;
French: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/Forest_Restoration_Fr ;
Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/Forest_Restoration_Es ;
Portuguese: https://pt.surveymonkey.com/r/Forest_Restoration_Pt

7. Recent information on plantations in Brazil. From ISTF Member Sebastião Kengen: 2020 Annual Report of the Indústria Brasiliera de Árvores (IBA) (Portuguese and English) https://iba.org/datafiles/publicacoes/relatorios/relatorio-iba-2020.pdf

8. Records of ISTF at the Forest History Society Library. When ISTF went dormant in 2012, its records were kindly accepted by the Library of the Forest History Society in Durham, North Carolina. You can look through the ISTF holdings at the Library at this link. Information on Thomas Harvey Gill (1891-1972), a founder of ISTF can be found at this link. The Forest History Society and Library can be found at https://foresthistory.org/.

9. The Keeling Curve Prize is hiring part-time, home-based research analysts for the 2021 Prize Round. Applications are due November 1st, 2020. For more information, see the position description at: https://www.globalwarmingmitigationproject.org/analyst-application

10. 12Tree Finance looking for Head of Sustainability at Andean Cacao. Head of Sustainability – Andean cacao (https://lnkd.in/gfbF97V ): Entrepreneurial role focusing on developing and implementing the sustainability strategy, sustainability project management, public relation and stakeholder’s management of Andean Cacao, a large-scale sustainable cacao strategy across Latin America. The role is part of the dedicated Andean Cacao team within 12Tree which will develop and manage sustainable cacao plantations across Latin America.

ISTF CHAPTER NEWS

11. The ISTF India chapter has completed its election. Congratulations to: Dr. V.P. Tewari (President), Dr. K. Kumaran (Vice-President), Dr. Deepu Sivadas (Secretary), Dr. Vidya Shankar (Treasurer) Dr. Rekha Warrier (Liaison to ISTF-Central), and Dr. Desh Bandhu (Representative). Thanks to the Nominations and Elections Committee: Mr. Bhawani Shanker Kusum (Convener), Dr. Thiru Selvan, Dr. Desh Bandhu, Dr. Debajit Datta, Dr. Nilanchal Patel, Dr. Venethaji Mariappan. (Due to an unfilled position on the Executive Committee, Dr. Desh Bandhu served on both).

12. The ISTF Nepal Chapter has completed its election. Congratulations to the Executive Committee: Dr. Swoyambhu Man Amatya (Chairperson), Mr. Bhola Bhattarai (Vice-Chairperson), Mr. Shankar Adhikari (Secretary), Ms. Tulashi Devkota (Treasurer), Mr. Jay Prakash Pandey (Member), Prof. Dr. Balram Bhatta (Member), and Ms. Rubi Shah (Member). Thanks to the Nomination and Election Committee for carrying out the process: Mr. Rakesh Karna (Coordinator), Mr. Roshan Chikanbanjar (Secretary), and Dr. Menuka Maharjan (Member).

13. Other ISTF Chapters. The other active ISTF Chapters are ISTF-Ghana, ISTF-Mexico, ISTF-NCState, ISTF-Nigeria, ISTF-Rwanda, and ISTF-Yale. We are growing our global community!

14. If you are interested in starting an ISTF chapter but have not told us yet, please fill out this survey. Updated documents for developing ISTF chapters (in English, Spanish, and French) can be accessed at the NEW website at https://tropicalforesters.org/form-an-istf-chapter/ . If you have any questions, please contact tropicalforesters@gmail.com.

ISTF-GLOBAL NEWS

15. ISTF Senior Resource Pool. ISTF senior resource people who are happy to receive questions include:
Swoyambhu Amatya swoyambhu_amatya@yahoo.com Agroforestry (since 1994, wrote a book on it), also forest research and management.
Sujoy Banerjee banjoy@gmail.com Managing forests for biodiversity and wildlife conservation; landuse planning at landscape level; grassroot level work with local communities for conservation of forests and wildlife; and effective control of forest and wildlife crimes.
Jim Barborak jim.barborak@colostate.edu: protected area planning, management, policy, governance, finance, and public use, as well as conservation capacity development and sustainable tourism. English/Spanish/Portuguese.
Ron Billings ronbillings41@gmail.com Forest pest management, pine bark beetle management in the Caribbean and Central America.
Eberhard F. Bruenig ebruenig@yahoo.de Integrated Conservation and Management of Forests; 70 years of practice and research in forests of the temperate and tropical zones
Carol Colfer cjpcolfer@gmail.com Social Science: Anthropology, gender, governance, health, adaptive collaborative management of forests
Patrick Durst pdurst.asiaforest@gmail.com Natural resources policy, economics, forest and landscape restoration, assisted natural regeneration, agroforestry, bio-energy, community forestry, forest foods (including edible insects), project development and management.
Bernardo Giraldo giraldober@gmail.com Mi experiencia en la amazonia colombiana es en el tema de crecimiento y rendimiento (volumen, biomasa) de especies forestales del bosque humedo tropical
Hans Groenendijk groenendijkjj@gmail.com Landscape Conservation, Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR); Agro-forestry; Biodiversity, Wildlife and Climate Changes Management (GCCA+), Forest dynamics, Non Timber Forest Products (NFTP)
Prize Jacobs prizejacobs@gmail.com Postgraduate Researcher; Data Entry and Analyses Specialist; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Support; Creative and Technical Writer; RENAC certified Climate and Energy Transformation Expert
Carl Mize carlmize@gmail.com: For help with designed experiments – Experimental design of field and lab experiments.
John Schelhas John.schelhas@usda.gov: Social and cultural aspects of private forests, including landowner decision-making, ways of valuing forests, diverse forestry options, and ethno-forestry.
Simon Shomkegh sshomkegh@uam.edu.ng: Forest resources management, ethnobotany and climate resilience building
V.P. Tewari vptewari@yahoo.com: 24 years of experience with forest biometrics, growth & yield modelling, forest inventory & assessment, agroforestry, forest landscape restoration.
Frank Wadsworth frankhwadsworth@gmail.com: Tropical silviculture and tropical forestry in general
Jeff Wright patula.wright@gmail.com: Planted forests, nursery, genetic improvement, silviculture, wood quality, sustainable forest products.

If you are a senior forester and would like to be resource person for others to contact with questions, please send a message to tropicalforesters@gmail.com. Please include your name, preferred email address for contact, and a two-line description of your expertise.

16. ISTF online resources. The current online resources for ISTF include:
• New ISTF website: https://tropicalforesters.org/
• Old ISTF web page, still at http://www.istf-bethesda.org/
• Blair Orr’s continuation of the former ISTF newsletter as a newsletter for the Society of American Foresters International Forestry Working Group. (Available at: http://www.orrforest.net/saf/).
• ISTF Updates at this link
• ISTF InfoLinks at this link
• ISTF organizing documents at this link
• The ISTF Facebook group page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2262122534/
• The ISTF Linked-In group page at: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/12150640/
• The ISTF Twitter handle is @tropforester; https://twitter.com/tropforester
• The ISTF YouTube channel is at YOUTUBE CHANNEL
• ISTF-North Carolina State University: https://research.cnr.ncsu.edu/sites/istf/ , https://www.facebook.com/NCSUISTF/
• ISTF-Rwanda Chapter: Twitter: @IstfRwanda, Facebook: @ISTF-RWANDA
• ISTF-Yale University, which sponsors the annual Yale ISTF conference: http://istf.yale.edu/ , https://www.facebook.com/yalefesistf/

17. ISTF membership. ISTF now stands at 1600+ members. Help us keep growing! If you have any contacts that you would like to invite to join ISTF, you can use the following message:

Dear friends:
We would like to invite you to join the Central International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF). The organization has been reactivated. Anyone with an interest in tropical forests and forestry is encouraged to join! With its focus on being a communication network, ISTF connects members with each other and recent work in the field. ISTF was founded in the 1950s, and “in response to a worldwide concern for the fate of tropical and subtropical forests, ISTF is committed to the protection, wise management and rational use of the world’s tropical forests”.
So far, more than 1600 people from around the world have joined. The newest ISTF Chapters are in Rwanda and Mexico, with at least six other chapters under development. The enthusiastic response we have seen has been heartening, especially as the organization reactivates to face global challenges in inclusive and equitable ways. For now, ISTF membership will be dues-free. If you would like to join, please fill out the membership form at GoogleForms.
For questions and comments, please send a message to tropicalforesters@gmail.com. Please pass this message on to your contacts.