Tuesday, August 16, 2022
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ITTO adopts various schemes to ensure sustainable future of tropical forests. Along with sustainable forestry ITTO has indulged into celebration of international youth day and this year’s theme of International Youth Day, Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages, stresses the importance of leveraging the potential of all generations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Young people are the future custodians of tropical forests; ITTO is investing in them in diverse ways, including through its Fellowship Programme.
“Sixteen students from ten countries attended the three-hour side-event,” she says. “Students’ evaluations were positive; they understood the importance of learning more about social forest entrepreneurship as an essential skill for developing sustainable business ideas based on timber and non-timber products in their countries and communities.”
Sri Mulyati, from Indonesia, was awarded an ITTO Fellowship in 2020 to support field research for her doctorate in conservation sciences. Now, a year and a half later, she says the support provided by the ITTO Fellowship Programme “is a great help for students even under normal circumstances, let alone during a pandemic”.
In Côte d’Ivoire, Atté Cyrille Bi Tiesse conducted a study to map water-erosion sensitivity in the mountainous Tonkpi region using remote sensing and a geographic information system, supported by a ITTO Fellowship in 2015, as part of his doctoral studies at the Graduate School of Agronomics in the Félix Houphouët-Boigny National Polytechnic Institute. He continues to disseminate his research for the uptake by local authorities and communities.
Other recent examples of the Organization’s work to foster intergenerational knowledge include ITTO’s online course on legal and sustainable supply chains and the forest landscape restoration learning modules for high school and university, the latter in collaboration with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO).
“Capacity building and education comprise one of the cross-cutting strategies in our Strategic Action Plan 2022–2026 for achieving the Organisation’s mission,” says ITTO Executive Director Sheam Satkuru. “Capacity building has always been at the core of our work. With forestry increasingly central to our shared future, investing in young professionals and providing opportunities for intergenerational exchange is even more essential for unlocking innovation and realising the full potential of tropical forests for a healthy and sustainable planet.”