A participant leads the discussion
during a special youth session at Forests Asia Summit
“Young People are being heard, but what do they have to say?”
While youth’s participation and involvement is significantly increasing at global development conferences, one would argue that youths’ messages still often need to be strengthened. Young people may sometimes struggle stepping back and expressing what their specific burdening issues and aspirations are.
Dr. Urša Vilhar conducting forest experiments
In the 21st century, communication skills for natural scientists, experts and professionals, are essential.
It’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon and the sunlit beech-spruce forest behind the Slovenian Forestry Institute is full of children who are watching dr. Urša Vilhar. She is demonstrating how the water flow over the trunk of the tree is measured and makes a reading from the instrument used for this research.
The wide-eyed children ask bright, yet sometimes unrelated questions, which Urša happily answers. Later, they are going to visit one of the institute’s laboratories and conduct some experiments of their own. At home, they are going to tell their parents about what they have learned and maybe, just maybe, some of them will treasure this experience and walk a path in their life that is connected to forests and nature.
Forest Connect field trip to a Cinnamon plantation, Dào Thinh commune, Tran Yên district, Vietnam
Forests offer solutions to some of the biggest threats facing our planet – climate change, food insecurity, economic and social inequality. Forests really can be the future and that is why it is crucial that young people are involved in decisions about how forests are managed and used. A common question in the forest community is: how can we engage these young people?
This summer there have been a record number of forest fires in British Columbia, Canada. High temperatures and low rainfall have led to very dry conditions in the forest making them more susceptible to intense fires. Experts say that climate change is partly to blame for the increased drought and longer fire seasons and that this is becoming the new normal.
Forests in Lombok
Related to my first article on the Indonesia climate condition, as one of Asia’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, Indonesia has already started its targeted and monitored programs in mitigation and the use of renewable energy.
Maybe you don’t know where Perawangis is. Maybe Perawang is not familiar for you or there is not Perawang on the map. Yeah, Perawang is my hometown.
First, I want to tell you a little thing about Perawang. Perawang is my birth place. Perawang is located in Riau, Sumatera Island, Indonesia. I spent my totally life in Perawang. And I lived there from my childhood until now (20 years old). I lived and grew up in this village. I live here because my parents worked here. My parents worked here exactly in the pulp and paper industry. This industry needs forest to increase their production. Forests have much impact to fulfill Perawang’s society’s needs. Almost all people in Perawang worked at pulp and paper industry and that is being a primary livelihood in Perawang including for my family.
Rhododendron forest near Tarapani (Nepal)
Forests are considered as the important resources of the poor people. Nepal a small mountainous country experienced various model of forestry governance ranges from strict conservation to community based conservation. In the course of that various policy and institutional mechanism were set up for translating the policy into practice.
Tree Explorers out in the woods
Regardless of where you’re growing up, in the UK, Kenya or Lebanon, trees are equally important to your daily life. But how often do kids have the chance to get out into the woods? In the UK today, only 10% of children spend time playing outside, compared to 40% for their parents’ generation. Studies show that green spaces and trees are important for childhood development, concentration levels, anxiety control and much more.
Capacity building through incense making by community participation
The overall objective of the project was to facilitate capacity building support for providing gainful employment to the people living in and around the forest of the remote and far flung regions of district Nainital. On the basis of the available resources and demand of the product, incense or Dhoop preparation was decided with the consent of the local people.
Forest or accumulation of trees? Afforestation meant as the establishment of trees, not the re-establishment of a forest ecosystem
As we leave Beijing we drive by endless rows of trees: poplars, pines, oriental thujas. If I had passed by this area 30 or 40 years ago, I would have encountered a barren wasteland so damaged by erosion even grass had trouble growing on it. The forest restoration program in China has been the largest in the world and in many ways one of the most successful. It brought many places from zero to hero, increasing forest cover in Beijing city & province alone from 1.3% to 40% in 2013. Everywhere on the globe China symbolizes what scale forest restoration can take on.