Author Archives: Forests Asia

Mango Fruit (Mangifera indica L.). Photo by Afzal Hossain

E-DISCUSSION: How can youth promote the importance of SE Asia’s forest foods?

By Jan Joseph Dida, moderator of the food security discussion at the youth session. Share your thoughts by commenting at the end of this blogpost! Feeding a burgeoning population without further damage to tropical forests is a contemporary global issue. Agricultural expansion is the primary course of decline in tropical forests and with a forecasted 9 billion people…

Photo by Ramadian Bachtiar for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

E-DISCUSSION: How can youth work with local communities to achieve development outcomes?

By Aristia Hady Wanjaya, moderator of the equitable development discussion at the youth session. Share your thoughts by commenting at the end of this blogpost! Without equal growth and benefit sharing between private sectors, environmental and local communities, it is hard to achieve the balance of sustainability. As the young generation, we will either be the ones…

A growing list of large companies have recognized that if they want to be able to source products well into the future, they needed to change their practices. Jesús Pérez Pacheco/flickr.

E-Discussion: L’Oreal, Nestlé & others commit to zero deforestation, but where are the youth?

By Luke Pritchard, moderator of the investment discussion at the youth session. Share your thoughts by commenting at the end of this blogpost! Kit Kat. CoverGirl lipstick. Oreos. Domino’s Pizza. Xerox paper. These and many other thousands of products have, at some point, been linked to huge deforestation in Southeast Asia. But times are changing….

Andhyta Utami is a 22-year-old researcher and activist who will be the opening speaker for the youth session.

Meet the youth session opening speaker: Andhyta Utami

Andhyta will be delivering the opening speech at the youth session focused on her own experience as a young person making a difference in Southeast Asia’s forestry sector. Find out more about the youth session here!  This morning I woke up with a two sudden realizations. The first is that, in a fortnight’s time, I will…

Our fourth Youth Session moderator, Luke Pritchard.

Meet our fifth Youth Session moderator: Luke Pritchard

Luke will be moderating a youth roundtable discussion on key topics relating to the Summit theme “Investing in landscapes for green returns”. Find out more about the youth session here! My route to this conference began nearly a decade ago when, as a student curious about forest ecosystems, I chose to venture into the field…

Jan Joseph V. Dida, our fourth Youth Session moderator.

Meet our fourth Youth Session moderator: Jan Joseph V. Dida

Jan Joseph will be moderating a youth roundtable discussion on key topics relating to the theme “Forest Landscapes for food and biodiversity”. Find out more about the youth session here! Eat. Sleep. Do Forestry. These are the words that would probably best describe what I do each day. My workplace is the forest and, for…

Observing the mangroves in a study on above-ground and below-ground biomass in mangrove ecosystems, part of Sustainable Wetlands Adaptation and Mitigation Program (SWAMP). Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Kate Evans, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

Learning event tackles the challenges and future of forestry education

Increased global awareness of the value of forests has almost out-paced forestry education, leaving it behind and threatening a deficit in future capacity. A learning event on the first day of the Summit will highlight the current state of forestry education and the opportunities it presents for Asia to lead the way forward. The forestry…

Aristia is an Indonesian forester who recently received a Master Degree in Forest and Nature Conservation from Wageningen University. Currently, he is volunteering on urban greening projects in Washington D.C. He wants to gain more international experience before devoting his knowledge to Southeast Asia's forests. During spare time, he loves to take pictures of nature.

Meet our third Youth Session moderator: Aristia Hady Wanjaya

Aristia will be moderating a youth round table discussion on key topics relating to “Changing communities, sustainable landscapes and equitable development“ Find out more about the youth session here! I was born deep in the tropical forest of West Kalimantan, a place where I could feel at peace in the pristine environment. I was raised among…

Jaime Webbe, our second Youth Session moderator.

Meet our second Youth Session moderator: Jaime Webbe

Jaime will be moderating a youth roundtable discussion on key topics relating to the Summit theme “Climate change and low emissions development on the ground” Find out more about the youth session here! In international meetings around the world, people are talking about forests. They’re talking about forests as great providers of ecosystem services, with…