The International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) is IFSA’s oldest formal partner and certainly one of our most engaged ones. Since the first Memorandum of Understanding was signed in 2002, IUFRO has become a close partner for IFSA with countless collaborations and engagements in and around forest education. Starting with a small-scale collaboration to promote each others vision and mission, the partnership has since then developed into an outstanding and most successful example for youth involvement on a global scale.
Today, IFSA members have access to an exclusive internship programme with IUFRO every year, are spearheading the official IFSA-IUFRO Task-Force on Forest Education and take on key responsibilities in IUFRO events. These opportunities help members obtain unique and versatile experience and improve their skills for later work engagement. Recent examples of this most special partnership are the co-working papers Global Outlook on Forest Education (GOFE), which are continuously published since 2016, the extensive IFSA engagement in the IUFRO World Congress 2019 in Brasil, and the IFSA-IUFRO-EFI full-time research project on green jobs and the future of employment. It comes to no surprise that our successful partnership was renewed in 2019 with a new Memorandum of Understanding.
Beyond this formal engagement, IFSA enjoys the great support of IUFRO in several areas, and is always welcome at their headquarters, as proven at the IUFRO Workshop in February 2020, during the meeting of the External Department of IFSA in Vienna, Austria.