IFSA Monthly Newsletter - December Issue

Farewell 2018

We all been through lots of ups and downs together and we all grew along side with IFSA. Thank you for sticking with us and showing us the support from everywhere in every possible way! Last issue of the year, but the same IFSA spirit as every other past issues, from us to you - farewell 2018 and hello 2019!

In This Issue:

  • Joint IUFRO - IFSA Task Force on Forest Education
  • Capacity Development Commission
  • Delegation Opportunities - International and Regional Meetings 
  • Official of the Month
  • IFSA New LC
  • Winter meeting in Slovenia 
  • Career and Opportunities 
  • Publications 
  • IFSA Supporter and Alumni Network

IFSA Announcement

The theme of the 2019 International Day of Forests is - 'Forests and Education'. In observation of this, there are various events being held to increase awareness of the importance of forest education and to celebrate the work of educators worldwide. One of these is the 'Global Competition on Best Practices in Forest Education' by our very own Joint IUFRO-IFSA Task Force! This competition will shine a spotlight on outstanding forestry teaching methods around the world. In addition, the Food and Agriculture Organization is hosting a Teachers’ Contest, where educators can submit videos showing how they are teaching younger generations about the importance of forests. Make sure to spread the word and get ready for a great IDF this year! More information can be found HERE.
'Dialogue; Collaboration; Support; Team-building; Motivation'
These are the key words which characterized this productive and essential face-to-face meeting by the Capacity Development Commission 2018-2019 (CDC). Over a three day workshop in Germany, the commission bonded through various team-building activities such as identifying main motivations for working in IFSA, doing dishes, identifying their personal strengths and weaknesses, and pushing the limits of their taste buds with delicious spicy foods. At the end of those intensive days, the commissioners had identified the CDCs main goals and projects for this coming year, to meet the needs of IFSA students in regards to education, celebrations of cultural diversity, and professional growth.

Why was this meeting such a success? Not only was the team able to meet face-to-face to learn from and understand each other, but they were able to develop a tangible work plan with the Board that aligns with the IFSA goals. Just as importantly, they shared in an enrichment of the IFSA spirit.

So what projects should you be looking forward to? Here are just a few: The sharing of monthly forest education information via the IFSA newsletter; mentorship opportunities at events; an updated Global Forest Information Systems education section for use of students (GFIS); a guidebook for IFSS organizing committees; workshops on cultural competencies; an online resource guide and toolkit on forest education; and youth events at the IUFRO World Congress in Brazil. It’s going to be an incredible year!

Want to know more? Interested in joining the team? Contact US!

Official of the Month 

International and Regional Meetings

One of the most important event of the year, the annual International Forestry students' Symposium (IFSS) is going to be in Estonia! Register today, because you will get the chance to meet your peers around the world, grow professionally and  develop valuable personal and soft skills!  More information can be found HERE.
IFSS 2019 dates: 28th July - 11th August 2019
Registration deadline: 10th February 2019
Quick announcement from Asia-Pacific Region!
Asia-Pacific Region will have its 2019 Regional Meeting in South Korea this June from 24th until the 30th. Besides that, APRM will be expecting at least 70 participants from all over the Asia Pacific Region and this will be a greatest opportunity for cultural and academic exchange of forestry students from Asian and Oceania member countries! More information can be found HERE
25th Annual Conference of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters 2019
Dates: 31/01 - 2/02, 2019 
Venue: New Haven, CT.
Register HERE
More info can be found HERE

IFSA Local Committees

IFSA welcomed their new LC last month! Congratulation and welcome - IFSA Thessaloniki! IFSA Thessaloniki is from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, Thessaloniki!
Winter Meeting is celebrating 10th anniversary this year and the event will be hosted by organising committee from Slovenia! Spanning for a week, this event is expecting to fill with lot of interesting activities on the schedule, such as visitation to local natural attraction and hiking.
Meeting dates: 10th - 16th March 2019
More info can be found HERE

Career and Opportunities 

The 4th General Assembly will take place from 11-15th of March 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya, with the topic “Innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production”. Find out below on how you can be involved!
Center of international Forestry Research (CIFOR) is looking for Landscape News and Communications Intern 
Applications close on 10th February 2019
IFSA Website Sub-Commission is looking for commissioners with enthusiasm! This is a fantastic opportunity to learn useful IT skills and the only requirements are your motivation and passion for IFSA! 
Want to support IFSA? Join IFSA Supporter and Alumni Network! Click the link and you will learn what are the options available! Support IFSA SAN, support IFSA.
Targeting university students from Middle East and North Africa, this competition will provide students with an opportunity to make a positive impact on society. More information can be found HERE or visit WEBSITE


Integrating Youth Perspectives in the Third Asia-Pacific Forest Sector Outlook Study (APFSOS III). Read the report now on IFSA Tree News!
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) - The Who, What, and Why of IPBES. Available to read now on IFSA Tree News!
IFSA member Jan Joseph Dida and Desmond Teh recently had an opportunity to speak with RECOFTC on the topic of 'Youth and Climate Change'. Read more for their responses on RECOFTC stories.
Happy Reading IFSA!
December Cover Photo Winner 
Gabriel Altamirano
LC Chapingo
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