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Forest research matters. All of us under the IUFRO umbrella know that.
Research is what we, in our member organizations, do. It is who we are.

By Niels Elers Koch, President, IUFROIUFRO Spotlight
(Copenhagen University, Denmark)

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In addition to increasing our understanding of the world in which we live, there can be – and often are – important policy implications for our research findings. And we know very well that good sustainable forest management decisions can only be made based on sound science.

For that reason, IUFRO is embarking on a new initiative called IUFRO Spotlight to introduce timely, significant forest research findings from our member organizations to a worldwide network of policy makers, other decision makers and researchers.

Brief, topical and policy-relevant highlights of findings from our member organizations, along with information on where/how to access full reports will be distributed by IUFRO through a periodic series of emails as well as blog postings.

These excerpted, plain language articles will give more immediate exposure to our member organizations’ important findings to those who would be in positions to use the information to implement new and improved policies, as well as reaching our more traditional research audience.

IUFRO will act only as a conduit in presenting the findings. Quality and accuracy will be the responsibility of the authors and the member organizations.

The first in the series of IUFRO Spotlights will be coming to you on Wednesday, 23 November 2011. So stay tuned. We look forward to your feedback on the initiative.


IUFRO Spotlight is an initiative of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. Its aim is to introduce, in a timely fashion, significant findings in forest research from IUFRO member organizations and/or involving IUFRO officeholders to a worldwide network of decision makers, policy makers and researchers.

IUFRO will encapsulate, and distribute in plain language, brief, topical and policy-relevant highlights of those findings, along with information on where/how to access the full documents. The IUFRO Spotlight findings will be distributed in a periodic series of emails as well as blog postings.

The findings reported here are submitted by IUFRO Member Organizations. IUFRO is pleased to highlight and circulate these findings to a broad audience but, in doing so, acts only as a conduit. The quality and accuracy of the reports are the responsibility of the member organization and the authors.

Suggestions for reports and findings that could be promoted through IUFRO Spotlight are encouraged. Please send them to: wolfrum(at) To be considered, reports should be fresh, have policy implications and be applicable to more than one country.


Media Contact

Gerda Wolfrum: +43 1 877 0151 17 or wolfrum(at)


Related Links

IUFRO Spotlights main page,

IUFRO Spotlight #1:  PDF for download