New episode of Branching out explores forest biodiversity

Embrace the tapestry of life! Delve into the captivating conversation between experts in biodiversity and services forests provide in the latest episode of Branching Out: the forest podcast.

Source: IUFRO

A new Branching out: the forest podcast episode is out! This time the conversation is about the relationship between biodiversity and other services forests provide.

Jose Bolaños (IUFRO HQ) presents the podcast, and has a cohost spotlight that rotates to offer diverse perspectives. This time, Peter Edwards, a senior researcher at Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, New Zealand, takes the role. Peter urges to think beyond the physical forest products, but the services that forests provide. Both set the stage and talked about how forest are not just trees, but the tapestry of life on land.

Sally Aitken, from University of British Columbia, guides us through the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. She unveils how diversity forms the backbone of resilient ecosystems, providing us with essential services. Sally emphasizes the need to embrace diversity at both species and genetic levels with research as our compass in the face of change.

Next Marjana Westergren, Slovenian Forest Institute, shares her insight about forest genetic resources and diversity, a cornerstone for ecosystem services. Marjana also explores the untapped potential in less-studied tree species, stressing the importance of responsible use and experimentation.

After that we go into a journey through a forest landscape restoration project in Sri Lanka with K.M.A. Bandara, who walks us through a real-world example, showcasing how removing an invasive species positively impacts biodiversity, and how the key for the success of these project is legislative support, clear objectives, and stakeholder involvement.

Last but certainly not least, Nazmus Sadath from Khulna University in Bangladesh shares his views on how effective governance, integrated policies, and community involvement are critical for halting biodiversity loss, and why collaboration is key to successful forest landscape restoration.

The first season of the podcast focuses on XXVI IUFRO World Congress and the deadline for early-bird registration is approaching (15 January), so do not miss the chance (more at

Tune in to Branching Out: the forest podcast on your favourite platform. Now available at Spotify and Apple Podcasts as well as on the IUFRO website!

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The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists, which promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees. IUFRO unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries, and is a member of ICSU.