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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.
Summer course at the Helsinki Summer School
The Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI) is coordinating a course titled Managing Sustainable Forest Landscapes (6 ECTS) at the Helsinki Summer School this summer, from the 4th to the 20th of August, 2015. The course seeks to enhance the understanding of forest ecosystem services, not least as the future of global forest resources is a daily concern in international policy debate and processes.
Helsinki Summer School offers fully credited, research-based courses for students and graduates, as well as accommodation and social programme. Students from Universities in Finland have a special price.More information on the course can be found here and at the HSS webpages
Opportunities for MSc students research in Zimbabwe and Lao PDR
The Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI) announces the availability of funding for field studies for MSc students in Laos and Zimbabwe. The FoLAFI project, which is funded by the CIMO N-S-S programme, offers funding for two students for field studies in Laos. In addition, the ZAOSOR project announces the availability of funding for one/two students for field studies in Zimbabwe. The funding covers the necessary travel, accommodation, and subsistence costs for a maximum of three months of field work. Priority will be given to VITRI students.
Please find herewith the links for the the announcement and the application form. Applicants should fill in the application form and send it to the respective contact person not later than 28 February, 2015.
Guest lecture by Assoc. Prof. Almeida Sitoe from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique
Prof. Almeida Sitoe has been working at the Eduardo Mondlane University since 1988; he completed his MSc and PhD (year 2000) at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica. His work includes teaching, research and consultancy in the area of natural forests with emphasis on ecosystem modelling, forests and climate change, and integrated natural resource management in cooperation with governments, NGO's and private entities.
Since 2013, Prof. Almeida has been cooperating with VITRI and the Pellervo Economic Research (PTT) in the implementation of the project “Private Agricultural Investments and Land Use Change Impact on The Adaptive Capacity of Local Communities to Climate Change in Mozambique” (PAIMO)
The title of his lecture is: The Forestry sector in Mozambique
Date: Friday 14 November 2014
Time: 10:15-12:00 h (please observe exceptional starting time!)
Venue: Room K171 (B-building), Latokartanonkaari 7, Viikki Campus, UH
Guest lecture by ICRAF Director General Tony Simons
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Director General Tony Simons will visit VITRI and give a lecture "Sustainable Land Management with a focus on Agroforestry".
Tony Simons has worked for thirty years on issues at the agriculture/forestry interface – in the private sector (Shell Forestry), academia (University of Oxford), official development assistance (ODA/DFID) and research (CGIAR). He graduated from Massey University (NZ) before completing his PhD at Cambridge University (UK). He has an Honorary Professorship in Tropical Forestry at the University of Copenhagen. Tony is passionate about the transformative and profitable change that the private sector can bring to development having established partnerships with MARS Inc., DANONE, Life Technologies, Syngenta, Boehringer and Unilever.
Date: Monday 3 November 2014
Time: 09:00-10:30 h (please observe exceptional starting time!)
Venue: Room C2, Latokartanonkaari 5, Viikki Campus, UH
For more information please contact Prof. Olavi Luukkanen (email@example.com, tel. 02941 58643)
The presentation of Simons is also available here.
Public seminar: Bioenergy in the South: The diverse impacts and future opportunities
Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (University of Helsinki) together with UniPID (Finnish University Partnership for International Development) are organizing a seminar “Bioenergy in the South: The diverse impacts and future opportunities” to explore and discuss the many aspects of tropical bioenergy. The event consists of presentations by invited expert speakers, followed by a panel discussion.
Date: Monday 13 October 2014
Time: 08:30 - 16:15
Venue: Auditorium 2, Infocenter Korona (Viikinkaari 11), Viikki campus, UH
Field course on Teak Management organised by VITRI and partners in SE Asia; 20-28 October 2014
As part of North-South-South Forestry higher education cooperation between Laos and Finland (NSS FoLAFI), VITRI in cooperation with the Faculty of Forestry, National University of Laos will organize a 9 days field course on "Small holder Teak (Tectona grandis) management" (3 ECTS) in Laos from 20-28th October, 2014.
The course is directed to:
- 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 whose current/past 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 (single entry visa to Thailand + double entry visa to Lao PDR).
Important! Prospective participants are urged to apply for personal scholarships. As part of NSS FoLAFI project, a maximum of 7 grants worth 600€ each are available for the participants. All the prospective participants have to fill in an online application from the link:
The deadline to fill in the application form on 19th September, 2014 at 23.59hrs and all the applicants will be informed about the result by 26th September, 2014. For more information contact Dipjoy Chakma (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Public seminar: REDD+: Dead or alive? The role of forests and land use in climate negotiations [ Updated! ]
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.