What is your relationship with IFSA
I am currently serving as Head of RECOFTC Sub-Commission and liaising between RECOFTC and IFSA. RECOFTC is a NPO which focuses on community forestry and help countries and communities achieve SDGs for poverty, hunger, environment, climate change, and gender.
What is your relationship to forests and what is your favorite tree?
My relationship with forests began quite early because two-thirds of the land of my country, Japan, is covered with forests, and my father and grandfather are loggers in a small village. Most part of my house, where I was raised, is wooden, so I have been feeling close to forests and wood in almost my whole life.
My favorite tree is the white birch indeed. When I entered the university, I moved to my current city, where you can see many of it. In Japan, there are not many regions where you can see it and so seeing it reminds me how much I love my current place.
What do you see currently as the biggest challenge for forests/forestry/the forest sector?
I feel that there should be more interdisciplinary points of view in the forest sector because serious forest issues such as deforestation and forest degradation need to be immediately tackled and solved with consideration of cultural, economic, and environmental backgrounds.
Also, in my country, the number of people in the forestry sector has been declining and many of them are over 65 years old; therefore, it is another critical issue that we are having a hard time finding a solution to involve more young workers in the forestry sector.