Humans have altered terrestrial ecosystems for millennia, yet wilderness areas still remain as vital refugia where natural ecological and evolutionary processes operate with minimal human disturbance,
An unlikely alliance of the Queen, Prince William, the Labour MP Frank Field, Commonwealth countries and Canadian ecologists join forces today to protect one of the largest coastal temperate rainforests
"I laud the contribution of communities in conservation," stated Rt. Honorable President of Nepal, Mrs. Bidya Devi Bhandari. "The constitution of Nepal has prescribed the basic right of every Nepali to live in a safe and healthy environment and an Environment Committee has been established to ensure an equitable distribution of natural resources for the benefit of people and the environment."
On this occasion, WWF Nepal felicitated four organizations and four individuals for their exemplary contribution to biodiversity conservation through the Conservation Awards 2016. Shree Shreejung Battalion of Chitwan National Park and Chetana Women Community Forest Users Committee were felicitated with the Abraham Conservation Awards in the organization category while Tashi Rapti Ghale and Tulsi Devkota were felicitated with the Abraham Conservation Awards in the individual category. Likewise, Naresh Kusi was awarded the Matthew Preece & Yeshi Choden Lama Young Conservation Leader Award, while Pragati Dhakal, Nepal Republic Media and Far West Media Development Centre were awarded the WWF Media in Conservation Awards.
WWF Nepal invites nominations for the awards each year via a national announcement made through mass media, and the final awardees are selected from the nominations received by an independent panel of judges comprising eminent personalities from the government, conservation, academic, social and private sectors. The awards hold a citation and cash prize of NRs. 25,000 for individuals and NRs. 50,000 for organizations which have been partially supported by The Abraham Foundation.
Likewise, WWF Nepal provided scholarships to Ganesh Kumar Tharu, Tsewang Nuru Sherpa, Pushpam Ghimere, Kiran Gurung, and Apsana Kafle under the Chandra Gurung Memorial Fellowship, Mingma Norbu Sherpa, Jennifer Headley, Jillian Bowling Schlaepfer, and Nepal Conservation Memorial Scholarships respectively.
The National Conservation Award instituted by the government of Nepal was awarded to Bhoj Raj Shrestha by the Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation. The award was instituted to recognize the exemplary contribution of individuals and organizations in conservation and comes with a cash amount of NRs. 151,000.
"The fateful day of September created an irreplaceable void, and loss of an era of conservation thinkers and doers, whom I rightfully call Nepal's Conservation Heroes," stated Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. "But as all heroes do, they lived beyond their years, through their legacy that served as an inspiration for Nepal to build on the foundations of conservation impact that could withstand the test of time."
To mark a decade of the tragic loss of Nepal's Conservation Heroes, WWF Nepal launched a publication title 'Legacy of Leaders' as a tribute to the Conservation Heroes, and a celebration of inspired conservation, looking back at a decade of successes and change, with roots planted firmly by them to take Nepal's conservation agenda forward, stronger and surer.
Sharing Knowledge on Forest Landscape Restoration Implementation
IUFRO brings together scientists and experts to share knowledge and experiences on the opportunities and challenges in implementing forest landscape restoration on the ground.
Given the considerable current political momentum and commitment towards Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) by global and national policy makers, there is a need to discuss and to further develop approaches and mechanisms of FLR implementation on the ground. IUFRO took part by holding international knowledge-sharing workshops in Rwanda (26-27 July 2016) and El Salvador (20-21 September 2016) in close partnership with FAO, Wageningen University, and CATIE, and contributions by WRI, CIFOR, ICRAF, IUCN and national expert institutions. The workshops aimed at bringing together leading FLR experts to meet and to exchange latest knowledge and experiences with initiating and facilitating FLR projects. These workshops took place based on funding support by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
The topics discussed cover a wide spectrum of issues ranging from participatory planning, landscape governance, institutional arrangements and regulatory frameworks, to market mechanisms, funding, and technical aspects of FLR operations on the ground. Overall, these workshops helped participants to make connections to other FLR experts in their regions and further stimulate exchange of information and experiences, thus contributing to mainstreaming FLR practices, and to feedback into regional and sub- regional policy dialogues. For more information and results of the Rwanda Workshop please visit:
http://www.iufro.org/science/special/spdc/actproj/flr-ws/forest-landscape-restoration-and-global-change-from-policy-to-practice/ For more information and results of the El Salvador Workshop (in Spanish) please visit:
The IUFRO Task Force on Biological Invasions, for example, held a meeting in Shepherdstown, WV, USA. The Task Force is working on the synthesis of the current scientific knowledge on invasions as well as identifying knowledge gaps. Topics of presentations included the ecology of biological invasions by various animal and plant taxa, their impacts and management.
The international conference on Soil Bio- and Eco-engineering in Sydney, Australia, was the fourth meeting in the series ‘The Use of Vegetation to Improve Slope Stability'. Significant breakthroughs in the understanding of hydrological and mechanical processes with regard to slope stability were found to dominate the conference. The conference was co-sponsored by IUFRO RG 8.03.00 on Natural Hazards and Risk Management.
A successful IUFRO session on Governance and Forest Landscape Restoration was organized at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawai'i. The purpose of the session was to better understand governance challenges related to forest landscape restoration (FLR) implementation, and options to address these.
Learn more about these and other IUFRO-related activities and find out about new publications, open positions and upcoming meetings. And note that the Call for Abstracts for the IUFRO 125th Anniversary Congress 2017 in Freiburg, Germany, is now open!
Ecosystem Services and Natural Hazards of Mountain Forests in Central Asia
The International Expert Workshop on Ecosystem Services and Natural Hazards of Mountain Forests in Central Asia took place on 18–22 July 2016 in Kapriz Center, Baktuu – Dolonotu, Kyrgyz Republic. This was the third meeting of the IUFRO Research Group on Restoration of Degraded Sites held in Central Asia after Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in 2014 and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in 2015.
Among other things, participants discussed an Ecological and Economic Accounting System that is under development for monitoring global policy frameworks and incorporating the value of ecosystem services into national GDP accounting. They also underscored the importance of mountain water resources for dry and highly populated regions that depend on irrigated arable land. One of the measures to stabilize irrigated arable land is the creation of protective forest stands there.
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More than 200 forestry experts from over 40 countries met in Berlin, Germany this week to discuss the role of poplars, willows and other fast-growing trees in the use of renewable resources and the development of a green economy. Speaking at the 25th session of the International Poplar Commission (IPC), Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture Peter Bleser stressed the importance of fast-growing species both for climate protection and as a renewable resource for a bio-based economy.
Climate Change Induces Northward Expansion of Forest Pests The workshop on "Climate induced range shifts in boreal forest pests and their ecological consequences" was organized under the aegis of IUFRO's unit on boreal and alpine forest ecosystems on 11-15 August 2016 in Sept-Îles, Québec, Canada. It gathered a group of 35 researchers from Canada, the US, Sweden and Finland.
The venue was chosen to allow participants to see the spruce budworm in action during field visits, the current severity of the infestation in this part of Canada's boreal forest being likely related to the warming trend that this area has experienced. Several high quality invited presentations also allowed participants to take stock of the issues related to the understanding, control and projection of insect outbreaks in the boreal forest.
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