Silva Mediterranea

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The youth as common denominator of the 6th and 7th Forest Week

The Joint Organizing committee of the Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week and 23rd session of Silva Mediterranea had launched an open call for youth participation with a passion for forestry.

Fifteen youth including nine woman and six men age between 21 to 28 years old from four different universities were selected to experience mentorship, training, and volunteering projects during the Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week.

Read the testimonial presented by Hussein Ahmad Ghandour, 23 years old, Lebanese University Graduate.

“I would describe the 6th Mediterranean Forest week as a pleasant surprise. It all happened too quickly, yet I am grateful to have taken part in it.

After several meetings at the Ministry of Agriculture, I was assigned my roles in the conference which involved logistics and communication activities with the “Forest Communicators Network” to promote and engage in the 6th MFW events through a variety of tasks: produce material (photography and videography), promote content through social media platforms and conduct interviews throughout the week, etc.

The Saturday before the week arrived and I was always on the run between my task of welcoming visitors at the airport and attending the communicators’ team social media training, all in preparation for the week.

My management skills were put to the test, and I was satisfied with the process. Between communicating with coordinators, and volunteers; and keeping up with doing my tasks on time; it was a beneficial experience and a growth opportunity.

During the week I felt happy that such a conference exists, with professionals, researchers, and officials getting together every two years. A place where they show what was done, rekindle past connections, and make way for future plans and collaborations, for the sake of forests and forestry in the region, and the better good of the relationship between people and nature.

I come from a background of a Biology major, but with little knowledge on forestry, so, I learned a few new things about forests and what was done. I was able to do that from what I picked up during ushering in the sessions, and tweeting about speeches, and covering events in general, so that was quite interesting. I also still have not decided on which career path to take, but am interested in the natural environment and biodiversity, so this experience also exposed me to different careers which will hopefully enrich my decision making. Coming to the final day of sessions, I have enjoyed all the dialogue going on.

One of the things I mostly appreciate out of the conference is the genuine conversations I managed to have with people who are far out and ahead of me in experience and responsibility. I believe that sharing great knowledge and experience is very important for the efforts and momentum to grow and consolidate in any field. Especially with younger generations, which are the building blocks of tomorrow, the dynamic energy of change, and possibly a beacon of hope if well-equipped and communicated with.

That being said I think that the only way the conference would have been better for me is if I had the chance to better attend and participate in the dialogue of the conference, and more time for these valuable conversations I mentioned. Why not, let’s say, make a youth forum to be a permanent part of the conference? In conclusion, it was an experience I’m grateful for, that left me wishing to attend other Mediterranean Forest Weeks to follow.”

The Joint Organizing committee of the Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week and 23rd session of Silva Mediterranea had launched an open call for youth participation with a passion for forestry.

Fifteen youth including nine woman and six men age between 21 to 28 years old from four different universities were selected to experience mentorship, training, and volunteering projects during the Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week.

Read the testimonial presented by Hussein Ahmad Ghandour, 23 years old, Lebanese University Graduate.

“I would describe the 6th Mediterranean Forest week as a pleasant surprise. It all happened too quickly, yet I am grateful to have taken part in it.

After several meetings at the Ministry of Agriculture, I was assigned my roles in the conference which involved logistics and communication activities with the “Forest Communicators Network” to promote and engage in the 6th MFW events through a variety of tasks: produce material (photography and videography), promote content through social media platforms and conduct interviews throughout the week, etc.

The Saturday before the week arrived and I was always on the run between my task of welcoming visitors at the airport and attending the communicators’ team social media training, all in preparation for the week.

My management skills were put to the test, and I was satisfied with the process. Between communicating with coordinators, and volunteers; and keeping up with doing my tasks on time; it was a beneficial experience and a growth opportunity.

During the week I felt happy that such a conference exists, with professionals, researchers, and officials getting together every two years. A place where they show what was done, rekindle past connections, and make way for future plans and collaborations, for the sake of forests and forestry in the region, and the better good of the relationship between people and nature.

I come from a background of a Biology major, but with little knowledge on forestry, so, I learned a few new things about forests and what was done. I was able to do that from what I picked up during ushering in the sessions, and tweeting about speeches, and covering events in general, so that was quite interesting. I also still have not decided on which career path to take, but am interested in the natural environment and biodiversity, so this experience also exposed me to different careers which will hopefully enrich my decision making. Coming to the final day of sessions, I have enjoyed all the dialogue going on.

One of the things I mostly appreciate out of the conference is the genuine conversations I managed to have with people who are far out and ahead of me in experience and responsibility. I believe that sharing great knowledge and experience is very important for the efforts and momentum to grow and consolidate in any field. Especially with younger generations, which are the building blocks of tomorrow, the dynamic energy of change, and possibly a beacon of hope if well-equipped and communicated with.

That being said I think that the only way the conference would have been better for me is if I had the chance to better attend and participate in the dialogue of the conference, and more time for these valuable conversations I mentioned. Why not, let’s say, make a youth forum to be a permanent part of the conference? In conclusion, it was an experience I’m grateful for, that left me wishing to attend other Mediterranean Forest Weeks to follow.”

                                                                                                                                   By Hussein Ahmad Ghandour.

                                                                                                           Officially certified as a “Forest Communicator”

Click here to read the "word of youth" pronounced by Rida Boutros, Youth Leader of the 6th MFW

                                                                                                               

last updated:  Monday, October 14, 2019