Youth across Sectors to Halt Deforestation!

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16 February 2018, Rome, Italy - Designed by youth for youth, the workshop ‘Youth across Sectors to Halt Deforestation’ is bridging the gap between global agendas and the realities of young people. The one-day workshop, online short-course and three days of activities are training young people in the skills needed to face today’s environmental challenges.

Youth across Sectors to Halt Deforestation is a workshop and training course for young people, to be held in Rome, Italy on Monday, 19 February during the following International Conference on Halting Deforestation (20–22 February) organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). CPF is an informal, voluntary agreement among 14 international organizations and secretariats with substantial programmes on forests which is chaired by FAO and is serviced by the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat.

A total of 50 students and young professionals from across sectors — agriculture, forestry, geography, agroecology, climate policy, and more — are attending the training in person. Hundreds are joining online. You are invited to take part!

A core team of 30 young people will be on the ground during the International Conference (see session plan here) interviewing speakers, attending sessions, and producing an online short course.

Join the Activities Online Now!

The opening sessions and training activities are being live-streamed on the FAO website while content of the online short-course is being posted Tuesday - Saturday on the IFSA Site:

The online short-course consists of brief, essential material presented as videos, blogs and articles that introduce why the world should halt deforestation, why forests are important and the benefits they provide; what is causing deforestation and who is doing it; and the global action underway to do something about it, and more, through 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Special attention will be given to the role played by gender and on communication.

As part of the activities, a two-hour consultation and planning meeting is taking advice from young people to feed into the Children and Youth Major Group's work plan addressing the United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017–2030.

The workshop is led by the International Forestry Students’ Association in cooperation with the Global Landscapes Forum and the Collaborative Partnership on Forests. It is engaging and integrating young people into global efforts to halt deforestation by 2020.


last updated:  Friday, February 16, 2018