Joint IUFRO-IFSA Task Force on Forest Education

TF Joint IUFRO-IFSA Task Force on Forest Education

Coordinators:Deputy Coordinators:
Sandra Rodríguez-Pineros, MexicoMika Rekola, Finland                   
Khalil Walji, GermanyAsh Lehto, Germany


The Joint IUFRO-IFSA Task Force on Forest Education is a unique project, bringing together the different perspectives of the educational environment. Non-governmental organizations, researchers and students are working together to shape the future of forest education. We apply innovative methods and new ways to prepare for a bright future for the forest sector.

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In recent years, changes in the forest-based sector, combined with evolving demands from society, have led to new trends in forest education globally. Those developments are reflected in the labour market as well as in the expectations of students for a greater diversity of experiences and skills. In addition, institutional environments for research and education have changed.

Programmes educating about forest and wood as a resource are inherently changed towards multidisciplinary programs. Real life solutions for problems like climate change call for holistic and cross-sectoral approaches. Universities curricula need to meet diverse higher demands, and new ways to approach these tasks have to be found.

Forest education has been insufficiently addressed in existing international efforts so far. The collaborative effort between IUFRO and IFSA will provide information in this field of research. This will not only strengthen the education on forests and practices, but also highlights ways to make the sector attractive for young people again.

Targets, Goals and Objectives

  • To bring together perspectives and knowledge of students, educators and other stakeholders
  • To encourage international discussions on forest education and capacity building
  • To identify, compile and communicate the gaps and challenges in forest education, especially highlighting the new fields of forest education
  • To enhance forestry students’ mobility and education opportunities