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Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI)
The Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI) that forms part of the Department of Forest Sciences provides academic training and carries out research on forests and related natural resources in tropical and developing countries. VITRI staff also undertakes national and international assignments related to tropical forest management as well as environmental and forest policy.
Public seminar: REDD+: Dead or alive? The role of forests and land use in climate negotiations
Viikki Tropical Resources Institute has the pleasure to invite you to the 2014 Public Seminar on "REDD+: Dead or Alive? The role of forests and land use in climate negotiations". As a part of Helsinki Summer School 2014, this years' seminar focuses on REDD+-theme and addresses the current situation with high-level guest speakers from various organizations.
Date: Wednesday 13 August 2014
Time: 09:00 - 15:30
Venue: Small Hall (Pieni Juhlasali), Fabianinkatu 33
Guest lecture by Assoc. Professor Sithong Thongmanivong
Dr. Sithong Thongmanivong is an Associate Professor in remote sensing, GIS and integrated land use planning at the Faculty of Forestry of the National University of Laos. He holds a PhD in Biology at the University of Vienna, a MSc in remote sensing and GIS from the Asian Institute of Technology and a BSc in forestry at Vientiane Forestry College. He is specialized in land use and land cover change assessment, community-based natural resource management and the interactions between socio-economic systems and the environment. Since 2009, Sithong Thongmanivong is Lao national coordinator for REDD program and coordinates CBNRM – IDRC Canada project in Laos. He is also national consultant in land use, forest management and governance projects supported by Danish and Canadian cooperation in Laos.
The title of his lecture is: An introduction to the Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos and the Forestry sector in Laos
Where: University of Helsinki, Viikki Campus, Latokartanonkaari 7, room K171 (B building)
You are all warmly welcome!
Prof. Thongmanivong presentation is available from the link
Guest lecture by Professor Fredrick Owino
Professor Fredrick Owino has a long career in forestry research and higher education in East Africa. He has served as the head of the Department of Forestry, University of Nairobi in the 1970’s, as the dean of the Faculty of Forest Resources and Wildlife Management of Moi University in the 1980’s, and as scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in the 1990’s. After that has accomplished a wide range of short-time consultancy assignments in several African countries, and served as negotiator for international agreements on forests. Professor Owino will be appointed as Honorary Doctor at the solemn conferment of the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry later this week.
The title of his lecture is: Developing forest policy for the new nation of South Sudan
Where: University of Helsinki, Viikki Campus, Lecture Hall B4
You are all warmly welcome!
Prof. Owino's presentation is available from the link
Ms. Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD ) visits VITRI.
During her two-day mission to Finland, Ms. Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD ) visited VITRI on April 2, 2014 to discuss with VITRI scientists on scientific issues related to the convention and on possibilities for cooperation between VITRI and UNCCD. She was accompanied by Ms. Satu Ravola (Program Management Officer of UNCCD) and by Mr. Tommi Vuorinen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland (Finnish National Focal Point for UNCCD).
From left to right: Dr. Eshetu Yirdaw (VITRI), Ms. Satu Ravola (UNCCD), Dr. Fobissie Kalame (VITRI). Ms. Monique Barbut (UNCCD), Professor Markku Kanninen (VITRI), Mr. Tommi Vuorinen (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland), Dr. Mohamed ElFadl (VITRI). Photo: Adrian Monge Monge
The Dept. of Forest Sciences and VITRI opened the registration for the field course in SE Asia 5-23 January 2015
Field course in the Mekong area (Laos and Thailand). Students attending field course should take TROP220 in period II, 2014. In case field course overlaps with other courses in period III, 2015, students have to agree with their respective teachers on how to compensate the missing lectures. Registration in WebOodi
Eligible as participants are BSc 3rd year, M.Sc. and doctoral students registered at the University of Helsinki, with preference given to those supervised or co-supervised at the Department of Forest Sciences and VITRI. Participants are selected based on their previous studies, especially in forest sciences with specialization in the tropics & developing countries, as well as issues related to tropical natural resource management or development studies; other relevant past experience or ongoing activities (such as M.Sc. thesis work) will be also considered.
Participants are expected to cover: the cost of their flight tickets, meals outside academic activities, own travel insurance (compulsory!), Visa costs (double entry visa to Thailand + single entry visa to Lao PDR).
Important! Prospective participants are urged to apply for personal scholarships. As part of HEI ICI FORMEB project, a maximum of 15 grants worth 600€ each are available for the participants. Grant application can be found at (link).
You can contact FORMEB coordinator Dipjoy Chakma (dipjoy.chakma[at]helsinki.fi) for further information.
Guest lecture by Dr. Peter Holmgren
Dr. Peter Holmgren is the Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), one of the fifteen international research centers of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Dr. Holmgren has been working with FAO since 1998 and from 2007 he has served as Director Climate, Energy and Tenure division at FAO.
The title of his lecture is: Redefining forestry for sustainable developmentWhen: Wednesday, January 22, 14-16
Where: Lecture Hall B7, Viikki Campus, University of Helsinki
You are all warmly welcome!
The presentation can also be found here.
Doctoral thesis defence on farmers' tree planting and management in Indonesia
M.Sc. Maarit Kallio, will defend the doctoral dissertation entitled "Factors influencing farmers' tree planting and management activity in four case studies in Indonesia" in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki, on 14 December 2013 at 12:00. The public examination will take place at the following address: Main Building, Auditorium XII, Unioninkatu 34.
Dr. Assistant Prof. Benno Pokorny, University of Freiburg, will serve as the opponent, and Professor Markku Kanninen as the custos.
The dissertation will be published in the series Tropical Forestry Reports.
The thesis is published electronically in e-thesis and freely available as hard copy from VITRI. All are warmly welcome to join the doctoral defence.
Guest lecture by Dr. Benno Pokorny
Benno Pokorny is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Silviculture, Faculty of Forest and Environmental Sciences, Freiburg University Germany. Previously he was a researcher at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), based in Belem, Brazil.
The title of his lecture is: Community Forestry in the AmazonWhen: Friday, December 13, 10:15 - 11:45
Where: Lecture Hall B6, Viikki Campus, University of Helsinki
You are all warmly welcome!
Guest lecture by Dr. de Jong, Senior Researcher at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Mexico
Dr. de Jong graduated from the Wageningen University, the Netherlands. His research interests include carbon dynamics in forestry and agroforestry systems, land use and land-use change dynamics at the landscape level, and greenhouse gas mitigation potential of forestry and agroforestry. Dr. de Jong has coordinated two National Inventories of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the LULUCF sector for Mexico. He has led various research projects on climate change in Mexico as well.
Since 2005, Dr. Jong has been a member of the Mexican National Council on Climate Change (Advisory board for climate change policy of the Mexican government), and since 2006, member of the Scientific Steering Commission of the Mexican National Carbon Program. He is also a member of the Scientific Steering Committee of CarboNA (Canada, US, Mexico), and has served as expert for UNFCCC and IPCC.
The title of his lecture is: "REDD+ and forests in Mexico"
When: Thursday, November 21, 14:00 - 16:00
Where: Lecture Hall C1, Viikki Campus, University of Helsinki
Prof. Markku Kanninen at the COP-19 meeting in Warsaw
On 14 November Prof. Markku Kanninen -Director of VITRI- was moderiting the Side Event: Linking Adaptation and Mitigation to Address Multiple Risks. The event was organised by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Video coverage of the event can be found at:
Reporting about the event can be found at:
Doctoral thesis defence on Ethiopian indigenous agroforestry systems
M.Sc. Mesele NEGASH will defend his doctoral thesis "The indigenous agroforestry systems of the south-eastern Rift Valley escarpment, Ethiopia: Their biodiversity, carbon stocks and litterfall" in Walter Hall, Viikki EE-Building, Agnes Sjöberginkatu 2, Helsinki on Friday 22 November 2013, at 12 o'clock noon.
The Opponent is Dr. Bernardus H.J. de Jong (Colegio de la Frontera Sur, ECOSUR) and the custos is Prof. Markku Kanninen. The thesis is published electronically in E-thesis and freely available as hard copy from VITRI. All are warmly welcome to join the doctoral defence.
Public Seminar 2013: "Aid or Trade?: New ways for future development"
The Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry -University of Helsinki- and the Viikki Tropical Resources Institute -VITRI- has the pleasure to invite you to the 2013 Public Seminar on "Aid or trade? New ways for future development".
This year, the seminar focuses on development cooperation, putting particular emphasis on the trade-offs, opportunities and conflicts arising from aid and trade interactions.
The seminar consists of a presentations session by invited guests followed by a public discussion. An invitation can be access in the link.
Date: Tuesday 20 August 2013
Time: 09:00 - 13:00
Venue: Lecture Hall B2, Latokartanonkaari 7/9, Forest Sciences Building, Viikki Campus
Participation is free of charge and open to all interested in the subject.
The "Good Teacher Award" was given to Prof. Markku Kanninen
Prof. Markku Kanninen -Director of VITRI- received the "Good Teacher Award" from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The Club for Students of Viikki Tropical Recources Institute (VITRIS) nominated Prof. Kanninen for the award and indicated that in his lectures Prof. Kanninen promotes discussions and self-learning, and that his courses are also multidisciplinary with guests from diverse fields and cultural backgrounds.
"Prof. Kanninen seeks to prepare students for the professional world by sharing many of his own personal experiences as a climate change negotiator or while working in different parts of the world."
The full note in Finnish can be found in the link
Guest lecture by World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Director General Tony Simons, Friday 24 May 2013..
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Director General Tony Simons will visit VITRI and give a lecture and lead a discussion on Agroforestry. Mr Simons has worked for 27 years on issues at the tropical agriculture/forestry interface in more than 40 developing countries. He holds a B.Ag.Sci degree from Massey University, NZ as well as Masters and Doctoral degrees from Cambridge University, UK. Mr Simons the Leader of IUFRO Forest and Water Task Force. He has published over 100 research papers and has sat on several journal editorial boards.
The title of his lecture is: "Sustainable Agroforestry Landscapes: Approaches, Tools and Metrics"
When: Friday, May 24, 12:15 - 14:00
Where: Room K-171, Forest Sciences Building (B-Talo), Latokartanonkaari 7, -Viikki Campus-
Guest lecturer from the University of Khartoum.
Dr Dafaalla Mohamed from the University of Khartoum will give a lecture on: "Socioeconomic characteristics of acquisition and consumption of household biomass energy: a case study of Sinnar state, Sudan.
Venue: Room K171, B-building
Time: Tuesday 14 May, 14:30
You are all very warmly welcome!
Helsinki Summer School 2013 - Designing sustainable forest landscape: ecosystem services for the future, August 6 to 22.
VITRI-coordinated course - Designing sustainable forest landscape: ecosystem services for the future - course will take place August 6 to 22 at Viikki campus and Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station.
HENVI Science Days 2013: Can Forest Management Change the Climate?
HENVI Science Days 2013 will take place Tuesday - Wednesday 16th -17th April in the Main Building of the University of Helsinki (Fabianinkatu 33).
The Science days aim to present the latest knowledge on forest-climate research and at the same time enhances the science-policy interface and support dialogue between science and society. The event will gather together researchers, students, authorities, politicians and representatives of the business sector to try to find answers to the main question: Can forest management change the climate? More information in the HENVI webpages (link).
Guest lecture by Dr. Andrew Wardell from CIFOR , Thursday 07 March 2013.
Dr. Adrew Wardell is the director of Forests and Governance of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). He has over thirty years of experience working on natural resource management issues in South-East Asia and in Sub-Saharan African countries. Prior to taking up this position he was Regional Director for the Clinton Climate Initiative-Forestry in the Asia-Pacific region supporting the development of seven REDD+ projects in Indonesia and Cambodia.
The title of his lecture is: "Multi-level governance of forests"
When: Thursday, March 7, 14-16
Where:University of Helsinki, Viikki Campus, Lecture Hall B5
Doctoral thesis defence on governance and social outcomes in forest conservation in northeastern Tanzania, Friday 08 March 2013.
M.Sc. Salla Rantala will defend his doctoral thesis "The winding road from exclusion to ownership: Governance and social outcomes in contemporary forest conservation in
northeastern Tanzania" in Auditorium XII, at the Main Building of the University of
Helsinki (Unioninkatu 34) on Friday 8 March 2013, at 12 o'clock noon.
The Opponent is Prof. Andrew Wardell (Center for International Forestry Research, CIFOR) and the custos is Prof. Markku Kanninen,. The thesis is published electronically in E-thesis and freely available as hard copy from VITRI. All are warmly welcome to join the doctoral defence.
Guest lecture by Dr. Daniel Murdiyarso from CIFOR , Thursday 21 February 2013.
Dr. Murdiyarso is currently holding a position as Senior Scientist at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and Professor at the Department of Geophysics and Meteorology, Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), Indonesia. The titile of his lecture is: "REDD+ in Indonesia: can it compete with oil palm?"
Dr. Murdiyarso's research work is related to land-use change and biogeochemical cycles, climate change mitigation and adaptation. He has published a large number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on these topics. He has served as Technical Adviser for the World Bank on the development of BioCarbon Fund and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). His work with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winning IPCC is related with his roles as the Convening Lead Author of the IPCC Third Assessment Report 2001, the IPCC Special Report on Land-use, Land-use Change and Forestry 2002, and the Review Editor of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report 2007.
When: Thursday, February 21, 14-16
Where: University of Helsinki, Viikki Campus, Lecture Hall B5
Intensive two days training on nursery operations (5-6 February)
Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI), Department of Forest Sciences organised an intensive two days training on nursery operations. The programme focused on:
- Seeds procurement: methods of seed collection, time of seed collection, seeds extraction and cleaning, seeds treatment.
- Nursery establishment and management: selection of nursery site, nursery layout, containers types and size, potting mixture and soil substrate, sowing, cultural practices and tending, age of transplanting and post planting care.
Pictures and comments about the training activity can be found on VITRI's Fecebook page
Doctoral thesis defence on greenhouse gas emissions and water balance in Sudanese savannah woodlands, Friday 22 February 2013.
M.Sc. Syed Ashraful Alam will defend his doctoral thesis "Carbon stocks, greenhouse gas emissions and water balance of Sudanese savannah woodlands in relation to climate change" at the Walter Hall, Viikki EE-Building (Agnes Sjöbergin Katu 2) on Friday 22 February 2013 at 12:00.
The Opponent is Prof. Daniel Murdiyarso (Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia) and Custos Prof. Markku Kanninen. The thesis is published electronically in E-thesis and freely available as hard copy from VITRI. All are warmly welcome to join the doctoral defence.
VITRI coordinated another field course in SE Asia 7-25 January 2013
VITRI recently coordinated the field course “TROP210: Forest Landscape Rehabilitation and Ecosystem Services in the Mekong River Basin”. A total of 13 students from Finland, five from Lao PDR and one from Thailand joined the course under the supervision of Prof. Markku Kanninen, Prof. emer. Olavi Luukkanen and MSc Adrián Monge Monge. In addition, Ms Gunilla Holmberg and MSc Dipjoy Chakma (currently working in Lao PDR) actively collaborated during the course.
The course was organised in cooperation with the Faculty of Forestry at Kasetsart University (Thailand), the Faculty of Forestry at the National University of Laos (Lao PDR) and the Center for People and Forest (RECOFTC). The local NGO, Land Issues Working Group -LIWG-, the Sustainable Forestry and Rural Development Project (SUFORD), the StoraEnso’s reforestation project in Lao PDR, and the regional FAO office in Bangkok also collaborated with the course.
The course included lectures by local experts in both Thailand and Laos, three days field work in Sangthong district (Lao PDR) as well as field visits in Northern Thailand. Pictures about the course can be found on VITRI's Fecebook page