IFSA 2019 New Year Special

Message from the IFSA Board

In this Issue, we will look back from starting of our term and recap on some of the highlights in 2018.

A lot has happened since the International Forestry Students' Symposium held in Mexico last year in August, IFSA board members started their busy life by having a board to board changeover meeting in Greece. Not only they successfully defined their roles and working culture, they also broke down the long term 2018-2022 IFSA Strategy into a 2018/19 working plan.
Photo was taken in Greece with members of IFSA Board.
Starting from first left to the right: George Dennison (Membership Councilor); Junaid Peters (Executive Secretary); Caryl Barquilla (External Affairs Councilor); Lisa Prior (Vice President); Amos Amanubo (Internal Affairs Councilor); Dolores Pavlovic (President) and Max Krombholz (Treasurer, not present in picture) 

IFSA Delegation Highlights in 2018 

IFSA was present at:

  • August - The YIL workshop and GLF in Nairobi, Kenya, Click Here for more.
  • September - The UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Bangkok, Thailand
  • October - EFI Annual Conference in Sardinia, Italy
  • November - COP 14 on the UN CBD in Egypt
  • November - World Forum on Urban Forestry in Mantova, Italy. Click here for more.
  • December - Youth in Landscape Youth workshop and GLF in Bonn, Germany. Click here for more.
  • December - COP 24 of the UNFCCC in Katowice, Poland
  • December - Forest Europe Expert Level Meeting in Bratislava, Slovakia

IFSA Internal Meeting Highlights in 2018 

Some IFSA officials come together in Italy and Germany to have several extended board meetings, notably the meeting with:

Capacity Development Commission

The commission worked on the their commitments for the year during the meeting. Furthermore, they started to plan IFSAs involvement at the upcoming IUFRO World Conference in Curitiba, made progress on the guidelines for delegations, delegation leaders as well as a cultural competency guidelines for Organising Committees of IFSA events.

External Affairs: liaison officers and International Policy Commission

IFSA liaison officers and International Policy Commission came together and worked on ways to improve the knowledge transfer in IFSA during their meeting in Bonn. Moreover, they also laid the foundation for IFSAs engagement at the International Day of Forests (IDF), which will be on the 21st of March 2019 with the theme of 'Forests and Education - Learn to love Forests!'

IFSA Global Family

We are proud to announce that  we have now  reached 129 Local Committees from 56 Countries! Notably, in Latin America region, we are so glad to see many LCs have been established, in which is certainly due to the Memorandum of Understanding that IFSA signed with ALECIF (Asociación Latinoamericana de Estudiantes Forestales) in Costa Rica in November 2018. 

Thank You Note to Caryl Barquila 

Caryl Barquilla previously served as the External Affairs Councilor, we would like to thank her for all the contributions that she has made during her term.
'Thank you and we wish you all the best in everything!'
-IFSA officials 2018/19

Sneak peak of Interim 2019 in Ireland

2019 kicked off to a busy start with the IFSA Interim meeting taking place, the annual ‘half term’ working meeting for IFSA officials. This year we met in Ireland, at Waterford Institute of Technology, home of one our newest members. Many topics were covered in 5 days of intense work, including a new structure for the website, how we can increase the value of IFSA for its members, how to improve our internal and external communication and planning for International Day of Forests celebration and the IUFRO conference in Curitiba.
Stay tuned for more in next issue!

Mark Your Calendar!

The year will only get more exciting with increasing opportunities and events coming up! And here are some Important events to keep an eye on:

  • March 21st - International Day of Forests 
  • March - Canada and American Regional Meeting in Canada 
  • April - Northern European Regional Meeting in Wales
  • May - Southern European Regional Meeting in Switzerland
  • May - Northern African Regional Meeting in Sierra Leone
  • June - Southern African Regional Meeting in South Africa 
  • June - Asia Pacific Forestry Week in Korea
  • June - Asia Pacific Regional Meeting in Korea 
  • July - International Forestry Students' Symposium in Estonia 
  • September - IUFRO World Congress in Curitiba 
  • November - Latin American Regional Meeting in Chile
Photo Contribution Acknowledgement 
Valentina Quintarelli
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