The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) envisions a more equitable world where forestry and landscapes enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on the most pressing challenges of forest and landscape management around the world. Using a global, multidisciplinary approach, the organisation aim to improve human well-being, protect the environment, and increase equity. To do so, CIFOR conduct innovative research, develop partners’ capacity, and actively engage in dialogue with all stakeholders to inform policies and practices that affect forests and people. CIFOR is aCGIAR Research Center, and leadsthe CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA). CIFOR headquarters are in Bogor, Indonesia, with offices in Nairobi, Kenya; Yaounde, Cameroon; Lima, Peru and Bonn, Germany.
Commonwealth Forestry Association
The Commonwealth Forestry Association (CFA) aims to work with the Commonwealth of Nations and beyond to promote informed management of trees and forests, promoting the conservation and sustainable management of the world’s forests and the contributions they make to people’s livelihoods. It aims to do this in five main ways: publishing world-class research in the International Forestry Review, facilitating networking of members, encouraging professional excellence, leading field projects, and promoting capacity building through training, workshops, and conferences. CFA is run by a UK based Secretariat which is overseen by an international Governing Council with appointed Regional Coordinators in Africa, South Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific, the Americas and Europe. IFSA members will have the opportunity to compete for several awards run by the CFA; The Queen’s Award for Forestry, Young Forester Award, Young Scientist Publication Award, and the CFA Young Scientist Research Award.
European Forest Institute
The European Forest Institute (EFI) is an international organization established by the member states of the European Union. EFI has 120 members from 40 different countries. Based in the headquarters in Joensuu, Finland and offices all over Europe, EFI conducts and facilitates research as well as policy support on issues related to forets. EFI’s Strategy is built around three complementary, interdisciplinary research themes: Bioeconomy, Resilience and Governance. These form the framework for EFI’s activities. IFSA and EFI cooperate on several levels: Through the position LO EFI, contact is kept between our two organizations and one or several IFSA-members usually attend the EFI annual conference; Several IFSA members have had the opportunity to attend short- and long-term internships with EFI which has even led to job opportunities; At the latest a joint EFI-IFSA-IUFRO project has been established to analyse changing employment in the forest sector and prepare current forest students and young scientists for future leadership.
FOREST EUROPE (The brand name of the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe) is the pan-European voluntary high-level political process for dialogue and cooperation on forest policies in Europe. FOREST EUROPE develops common strategies for its 47 signatories (46 European countries and the European Union) on how to protect and sustainably manage their forests. Since 1990, the collaboration of the ministers responsible for forests in Europe has had a great economic, environmental and social impact on the national and international level. FOREST EUROPE has led to achievements such as establishing the guidelines, criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management. The role of IFSA is to contribute towards setting up of a legally binding agreement (LBA) between all member states focussing on the implementation of sustainable forest management practices.
International Tropical Timber Organization
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) is an intergovernmental organization promoting the sustainable management and conservation of tropical forests. They also encourage the expansion and diversification of international trade in tropical timber from sustainably managed and legally harvested forests. ITTO partnerships is really important for IFSA. The tropical forests is one of the most important ecosystems on earth and both parties wish to promote the sustainable and conservation of it. This partnerships can help each other’s purposes and work, facilitate the sharing experiences, knowledge, scientific discovery by ITTO and it’s partners by learning and participation in ITTO’s activities and events. IFSA members have the greatest opportunity by assisting and learning on ITTO major events such as the International Tropical Timber Council ITTC.
International Union of Forest Research Organizations
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is a key partner and supporter of IFSA, both parties share interest such as forestry student mobility, education opportunities and capacity building events. IUFRO is “the” global network for forest science cooperation and it unites more than 15,000 scientists in almost 700 Member Organizations in over 110 countries, and is a member of ICSU. Scientists cooperate in IUFRO on a voluntary basis. The organisation was founded in 1892 with headquarters in Vienna, Austria, and has a Vision to serve the needs of all forest researchers and decision makers as well as a Mission to advance research excellence and knowledge sharing, and to foster the development of science-based solutions to forest-related challenges for the benefit of forests and people worldwide. It is is the only world-wide international organization devoted to forests and related sciences. Lastly, it also contributes to the promotion of science in the formulation of forest-related policies.
The Center for People and Forests
The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC) is a 30-year old non-governmental organization based in the Asia Pacific region. With 7 branch around Asia Pacific, RECOFTC envisions to empower the local people for achieving sustainable forest management. They reach out to communities which including women, youth and forest people for providing them an opportunity for receiving training and knowledge in forest management at the local level. IFSA students had the opportunities of involving in multiple activities hosted by the RECOFTC, which are the People and Forest Forum (P&F) and a World Cafe workshop at Kasetsart University (KU).
The Forest Dialogue
The Forest Dialogue (TFD) was established in 1998, aiming to provide a platform for international leaders in forest sectors to develop mutual trust and understanding between stakeholders, and come up with collaborative solutions in achieving sustainable forest management around the world. TFD had brought together more than 2500 leaders to work on forest issues by building trust among participants to achieve tangible outcomes. TFD is governed by a steering committee composed of diverse group of individuals representing key stakeholder from all around the world.
United Nations Convention of Biological Diversity
The UN Convention of Biological Diversity (UNCBD) was formed in 1992 by signing parties to protect biodiversity and prioritize sustainable development of natural resources. The bodies of the convention include the Conference of the Parties, the Scientific and Technological Advisory, Implementation body, and Article 8(j) focusing on Indigenous knowledge. The protocols are Cartagena and Nagoya, and the Secretariat assumes the governing role of the convention.
The UN CBD has 3 main objectives: 1. The conservation of biological diversity 2. The sustainable use of the components of biological diversity 3. The fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources. The UN CBD is as diverse as the members of IFSA, and the vision for this sub-commission is to provide students with opportunities to attend CBD events such as the bi-annual COP meeting, online e-lectures, conferences, and capacity building workshops around the world.
United Nations Environment Programme
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was founded as results of the Stockholm Conference on Human Environment in 1972 and it is one of the newest partners of IFSA. Since 2014, UNEP helds its general assembly (UNEA) every 18 months in Nairobi. Not only UNEP is working on topics such as forests and ecosystems, they are also looking into the fields of ’chemicals and waste’ and ‘resource efficiency’. So far, UN Environment has been trying to engage students by providing internship opporunities and invitations to IFSA to attend their conferences.
Global Peatlands Initiative
The Global Peatlands Initiative is an effort by leading experts and institutions formed by 13 founding members at the UNFCCC COP in Marrakech, Morocco in 2016 to save peatlands as the world’s largest terrestrial organic carbon stock and to prevent it being emitted into the atmosphere. The current greenhouse gas emissions from drained or burned peatlands are estimated to amount up to five percent of the global carbon budget — in the range of two billion tonnes CO2 per year. Partners to the Initiative are working together within their respective areas of expertise to improve the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of peatlands. In this way the Initiative is contributing to several Sustainable Development Goals , including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, maintaining ecosystem services and securing lives and livelihoods through improved adaptive capacity.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide and it is based in Rome, Italy. FAO is a long-standing partner of IFSA specifically thanks to the FAO Forestry Department, through its 6–8 teams. The FAO Focal point for IFSA sits in the Social Forestry Team which is partially working on Forest Education. The main cooperation between IFSA and FAO is to engage forestry students in the fixed events of the Forestry Department. The most important global event is the Committee on Forestry (COFO), run biennially in Rome, which brings together member countries to talk about global important topics in forestry and decide on the work of FAO for the next 2 years. During interim years instead, in preparation for the upcoming COFO, each FAO Region has a Regional Forestry Commission (RFC).
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international environmental treaty adopted and implemented by countries all around the world in 1994 to address the issue of climate change. The 197 countries that ratified the agreement represent almost universal global involvement. The UNFCCC states that its objectives are to ‘stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system’ and prevent human damage and interference with the climate system.
IFSA, as a youth organization, is directly linked with YOUNGO, which is the official youth constituency at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). YOUNGO is made up of organisations and individuals who identify as youth it is not an organisation, but, rather, a collection of groups and/or individuals. During COPs, YOUNGO provides a space, called Spokes Council where youth can learn about the process, network with other youth, and collaborate. YOUNGO also gathers different working groups depending on the topic that the UNFCCC negotiations are discussing of and following statements in order to give public positions regarding youth, for instance – Action for Climate Empowerment, Adaptation, Agriculture, Conflict of interests, Finance, Gender, Health, Human Rights, Loss and Damage and Oceans. IFSA delegates are also encouraged to attend conferences, negotiations, and panels regarding academic, personal and professional interests.
On practical terms, YOUNGO has given the opportunity to address the plenary, High Level Segment of the Conference of Parties (COP)/ Parties of Kyoto Prootocal (CMP)/ Parties to Paris Agreement (CMA), make submissions, attend workshops, meet with officials of the Convention such as Chairs of the subsidiary bodies and the COP Presidency. They also take part in the Young and Future Generation’s Day during the COP/CMP organizing a series of side events, exhibits, interviews, media stunts, etc. The annual Conference of Youth (COY) brings young people from around the world together to learn about the UNFCCC, build networks and organise ourselves before the UN climate negotiations. The Conference of Parties (main negotiations) takes place in November and December each year. Lastly, COY is the main summit of the youth constituency.
United Nations Forum on Forests
The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), is the premier forests and forestry body of the UN. It’s objective is to deliver ‘… the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests and to strengthen long-term political commitment to this end…‘ It’s based on the Rio Declaration, the Forest Principles, Chapter 11 of Agenda 21 and and other key milestones of international forest policy. IFSA is the Focal Point for the Major Group for Children and Youth in the UNFF. The two focal points are responsible for engaging with children and youth across the world to deliver coherent and constructive messages to the UNFF as a means to generate meaningful change and accelerated progress towards sustainability. UNFF MGCY, elevates itself outside the role of IFSA to be truly representative and deliver stark reminders on where we need to go with local, regional and global forestry policies and programs.
Youth in Landscapes
Youth in Landscapes (YiL) is a partnership coordinated by the Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), IFSA and the Global AgroEcology Alliance (GAEA). Together, these organisations represent over 50,000 young people working and studying within sectors including agriculture, forestry and agroecology. The origin of YiL goes back to the Global Landscapes Forum in Warsaw 2013, where the youth organisations for the first time collaborated to promote cross-sectoral youth interests. Shortly after, YiL was established. Today, YiL has become a global movement of young people committed to living and breathing the landscapes philosophy: collaboration, diversity, and collective action. It acts to unite and empower youth (aged 18-35 years) from diverse backgrounds around the world to have a voice, and to affect positive change in their landscapes and livelihoods.
Today, YiL is a charter member of the GLF and the primary focal point for all GLF youth activities and has conducted several workshops, sessions and pre-conference trainings with more than 1000 students engaged directly and many more online.
EGEA - European Geography Association
EGEA, the European Geography Association for Students and Young Geographers, is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation that aims to unite young geographers all over Europe, practice intercultural dialogue and provide non-formal education for personal development. More information can be found on www.egea.eu.