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Welcome to the IFSA Monthly Newsletter of January 2020 !

Hello IFSA Family!

Wishing you all a very Happy New year!
We hope your holidays were enjoyable and fruitful. From the perspective of a forester, the past year has been an eventful one. Forest fires in the Amazon and in Australia, are contemporary signs of extreme climate change, acting as a clarion call for humans to move towards meaningful action. Greta Thunberg, signifying the youth of today, dared to raise her voice about the intergenerational implications of climate change. Both these only highlight the importance of forests for our survival.

Just as we need to look back, we also need to look forward to important happenings in the coming year. Some of the important events of relevance to foresters include, the G7 Summit scheduled in June 2020, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) COP 15 in Kunming, China during October. As youth, we need to be aware of current happenings and act accordingly, not only raising our voice but also by taking concerted efforts and action, both at individual level and as society as such.  

But hey, exciting events are also happening at IFSA this year! Some of them planned this year include the SERM and NERM in April involving several countries and the IFSS 2020 to be held in Quebèc, Canada during July and August.
Who are your Officials?
'Introducing your officials' -Series : 
Simone Massaro
Hello IFSA World, I am Simone Massaro from Italy. I am currently doing my bachelor in forestry in Viterbo at Università della Tuscia. I am IFSA member since a couple of years and I hold the position of Head of the Web Sub-Commission, which means I am in charge of managing the IFSA website and mails. For 2020 my plans are, in order, having a great time, graduating and trying tree climbing.

For IFSA I’d like to continue the work on the new IFSA website, especially focusing on updating content and improving design, and finish the new mail system. A fun fact about me is that besides trees I am also really passionate about computer technology and tech stuff, in fact I also thought to study IT at the university.

Would you like to become more involved with what happens in IFSA?
You can now apply to become an IFSA Official for the 2020 period! IFSA is on the search for enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals who can invlove themselves to contribute to IFSA as Officials. Check it out soon, the deadline of some open calls is on the 16th of January!

Apply Today!

Meet our IFSA friends Rodrigo and Fredy, who participated in the joint capacity development project by EFI, IFSA and IUFRO share their experience about it. These trainee positions are intended to familiarize students of forestry programmes with work at the science-policy-interface at the international level, including research, communication, and policy-relevant activities.

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The latest IUFRO-EFI collaboration, the Young Scientists Initiative (YSI), is a great opportunity for IFSA students. The program provides an opportunity for PhD students and researchers from Africa, Asia and Latin America, through short scientist visits, to establish international relations with leading universities and scientists in forest science in Europe. The grant provides a trip for productive cooperation, which provides the grantee with great opportunities, for example, developing skills, writing scientific papers, to improve his/her own research and establishing productive relationships with colleagues of the host country.

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The year 2019 ended on a very good note for our IFSA family and the Local committees. Various educational tours, talks, treks and exciting activities were organized to spread the IFSA spirit. Many young people have joined the respective LC's in various institutions to start their journey this new year with us.
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OPEN CALL - UNFF Major Group led initiative - Nairobi
The Major Group Children and Youth (MGCY) are looking for three additional people to join our delegation for this meeting to represent our constituency of young people. Applicants who are motivated and interested to learn more about the UNFF and are interested to develop their own capacity on sustainable forest management and international processes are welcome to apply. Only people under the age of 35 can apply to this call.

The deadline for application is the 31.01.2020 by 8PM (CET)
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Invitation to join the International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF)
Dear friends:
We hope you will be interested in joining the central International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF). With its focus on being a communication network, ISTF can help you connect with others interested in tropical forests and forestry, and with related resources, even after you complete your forestry studies. ISTF was founded in the 1950s and “in response to a worldwide concern for the fate of tropical and subtropical forests, ISTF is committed to the protection, wise management and rational use of the world’s tropical forests”. So far, 1450 people from around the world have joined.
For questions and comments, please send a message to
If you would like to join us, kindly click the link given below.
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The second round for registrations are open !
The 7th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting is going to be held from May 29th to June 5th, 2020 in Taichung, Taiwan. Under the topic of “Not just forests, not only woods”, we hope to gather people’s knowledge and experiences of multiple values of forestry, and inspire possible strategies to raise the public’s awareness of the services that forests can provide.
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IFSA @ COP 25!
Sarah Wertz from the IFSA Gembloux-Belgium LC was a part of part of the IFSA delegation for the second at the COP 25 in Madrid. She has created an amazing info letter which explains their fun filled activities and discussions. Check out the article by using the link given below ! 
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IFSA is very excited to announce that the SERM (Southern European Regional Meeting) 2020 will take place in Serbia. This year 15 different countries and 22 Local Committees from Southern Europe. We hope you registered for it !
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IFSA is very excited to announce that the IFSS 2020 would be held in Quebèc, Canada, from the 27th July till the 11th of August 2020.

Registrations are now open! The first round would close on the 31th of January, confirmation with payment until the 1st of March.

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