Green jobs – The future of employment in the forest sector

Global student networking and green jobs in the forest sector
A Joint EFI-IFSA-IUFRO Capacity Development Project

The forest sector has been facing significant changes over the years including globalization, digitalization, changing societal demands and climate change. Thus, the nature of employment in this sector is shifting. Occupational demands keep changing, and the newly evolving “green jobs” promote sustainable development as well as the general well-being of the people. For students, our future decision makers, these developments offer a broader potential professional spectrum, and they will need adequate training to be equipped with the skills required for the new jobs. We do not know of the extent of the changes in employment, as well as the level of preparedness of students. This project will investigate the transforming employment trends in the forest sector while putting special focus on the perspective of students and recent graduates from around the world. It will further explore ways to prepare future foresters for the expected changes.
A please also see our project flyer for further information:

Meet the project team

Juliet Anchieng

Juliet Achieng from Kenya has recently graduated from the MSc. Tropical and International Forestry Program at University of Göttingen. She will bring experience in research, advocacy, communication, education and networking in the field of forestry from different continents – Africa, Asia and Europe. Juliet.Achieng[at]

Lisa Prior from Germany holds a MSc in Forest Science and Forest Ecology from the University of Göttingen. She is the current Vice-President of IFSA and has the experience in global student networking, project management and strong passion in helping students to reach their full potential.

Expert Workshop on forest sector employment, green jobs and forest education

On the 18th and 19th of November 2019 the project team hosted an expert workshop at the EFI office in Bonn.
Aims of the workshop were:

  • Eliciting overall trends in forest sector employment in different world regions and focus countries
  • Identifying main changes in employment
  • Gaining insights into forest sector employment, including green jobs and identify employment trends

For the workshop we invited a senior and junior expert from each of the following 6 selected focus countries:
Brazil, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, South Africa and the United States of America.

For further information on the workshop have a look at the concept note:

A report about the workshop proceedings will be made available here shortly.

Dare to Explore! – Traineeship Program

The Dare to Explore! Traineeship Program is an integral part of the EFI-IFSA-IUFRO Capacity Development Project, which offers four specified, 3-months traineeship opportunities each year for 2019, 2020, and 2021. The trainee positions are intended to familiarize students of forest(ry) programmes with work at the science-policy-interface at the international level, including research, communication, and policy-relevant activities.

The 2019 open call has closed. Thank you for all applications!

Please see below the open call 2019 including outlines of the traineeships.

Presentations and Publications

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization organized a workshop on 25th-26th June 2019 with the theme “Facing challenges, exploring opportunities and increasing the capacity of UNECE member states”. The workshop was held at the University Polytechnique of Madrid and brought together the Team of Specialists from UNECE member countries and other invited participants. Our presentation was titled “Reality check for green jobs in the forest sector” and was the highlight of the second day of the workshop. It sparked interesting discussions on the need for aligning forest education and training activities with the future needs. After the discussion, there was increased enthusiasm on how the youth can be involved in such discussions.
You can view the presentation here:

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