UNECE and FAO Forestry and Timber section launch US$10,000 PhD thesis award to promote scientific research on sustainable forest management

GENEVA , March 21, 2011 (press release) – In order to promote scientific research on sustainable forest management, the ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber section has launched a PhD Thesis Award.

The prize of 10,000 USD dollars will be awarded to the best PhD thesis providing new data and insights into forest management, and how to balance forest conservation, forest productivity and social well being. The winning thesis may also touch upon new tools and strategies to face compelling problems and challenges such as climate change, pests and diseases, fire management, institutional barriers, etc. The results must be applicable to the sustainable management of forests in the ECE region.

The award is sponsored by the Geneva independent asset management house Pictet and is now open for applications until 15 June 2010. The application form, as well the guidelines for applying, are available at: http://timber.unece.org/index.php?id=335

The award ceremony will take place in Antalya, Turkey at the next meeting of the ECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission from 10 to 14 October 2011.The winner will be invited to present their thesis to that meeting as an important contribution to the International Year of the Forests.

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