Forest Education

About the Forestry Education Commission

The Forestry Education Commission (FEC) was founded at the IFSS 2010 in South Korea. It’s role will be determined in the SAPFE (Students Plan for Forestry Education). The creation of the SAPFE is one of the first big tasks of the FEC. Further goals include working to ensure that forestry education is represented in all IFSA events.

The commission offers the great chance of pointing out problems in forestry education and showing possible solutions. It can beyond that play a role itself in the improvement of forestry education. The FEC stands for the students voice in forestry education topics and can also act as the connecting link between organisations, universities and students.

As forestry education is a topic that concerns all of us, everybody is very welcome to contribute to the work of the commission, or as a commissioner or also just with an e-mail with something you have on your mind about forestry education.

Main goals of the commission:

  • To raise awareness about the importance of forest education
  • To make sure that forest education is represented in all of IFSAs activities

Email: [email protected]


Activities and events

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.


  • 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


Khalil Walji, Canada Ash Lehto, USA
Samuel Agyemang Tutu, Ghana