Global Survey on Forest Education and Regional and Global Assessments of the Status of Forest Education

Global Survey

As of 2 November 2020, data collection for current FAO-ITTO-IUFRO project purposes is completed (see http://www.fao.org/forestry/forest-education/en/).  However, we seek to increase the number of responses for a more in-depth analysis of the results for publication in other venues.  The survey will be accessible until noon Central European Time (CET) on 31 March 2021 and your response will make a valuable contribution to future studies on global forest education. Thank you for your participation and your interest in the Global Forest Education Project.


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The FAO-ITTO-IUFRO global forest education project is undertaking an ambitious global survey on the status of forest education. The survey covers all formal levels of education, including primary and secondary schools, forestry technical and vocational institutions (TVET), and universities and colleges. This is the first time that such an effort to collect comprehensive information on forest education is being  undertaken. It will provide information on subjects taught and competencies gained by students, teaching approaches used, digital competence of teachers and students, educational resources available, readiness of forest graduates for the workplace, key education initiatives and key education experts.

The survey defines forest education as education related to forests, trees outside forests and other wooded land, (i.e., natural forests, forest plantations, woodlands, agroforestry systems and urban forests).  It covers education delivered through programmes of forestry and forest sciences as well as programmes of broader scope (e.g., natural resource management, environmental sciences).
The survey is being carried out by regional lead partners in the six regions of the world. The partners include the African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE); the Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD); The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC); Michigan Technological University, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Helsinki (UH).  

Three questionnaires have been designed to collect data from various types of respondents:

  • Q1 targets government agencies, non-governmentalorganizations, forest owners’ associations, business organizations and labour unions;
  • Q2 targets teachers and administrators inprimary, secondary, forestry technical and vocational education and training (TVET) schools, and in forest-related programmes in colleges and universities;
  • Q3 targets students of forestry and forest-relatedprogrammes in TVET institutions, colleges and universities.

You are invited to respond to one or more of the questionnaires. To access the survey, click here. Once in, you will be able to select the questionnaire you wish to fill out and your preferred language translation.

Thank you in advance for contributing your views.

The FAO-ITTO-IUFRO Global Forest Education Project is coordinating its efforts with a complementary project entitled “Global student networkingand green jobs in the forest sector” and led by the European Forest Institute (EFI) in partnership with the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) and IUFRO. The EFI-IFSA-IUFRO project is also funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food andAgriculture (BMEL). The topics of forest education and forest employment are closely connected. The complementary survey “Educating towards forest- related employment” among university/college students and recent graduate in forest-related programmes carried out by the EFI-IFSA-IUFRO project shall deliver in-depth insights into employment aspects. Your support in also completing that complementary survey is highly appreciated. 
More information: https://ifsa.net/efi-ifsa-iufro-project/

Regional and global assessments on the status of forest education

Six regional assessment reports on the status of forest education will be completed using the survey responses, a literature search and interviews of forest education experts as inputs.  The six report will be made available on this website once they are completed.

  • Africa
  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • North Africa and Near East
  • North America

A global assessment report will synthesize the findings of the six regional reports.

The draft regional assessment report and the global assessment report will be used as background documents for the International Conference on Forest Education.

For more information, please contact Andrew Taber at [email protected]


last updated:  Thursday, March 4, 2021