On the second day of the Forests Asia Summit, Center for International Forestry Research’s (CIFOR) Director General Peter Holmgren introduced the Top Twenty Questions for Forestry, or T20Q. T20Q is a global project that will allow participants to have their say about important issues in forestry.
From May to October 2014, ideas will be collected in a variety of ways for T20Q, including through workshops, online surveys and social media. The objective is to encourage as many people as possible to engage in and join the conversation about the issues that are most important for research and policy.
Forests play many important roles in people’s lives. They are the biggest natural gift from God for Indonesia; the country is blessed with the third-largest tropical forest in the world. Problems that Indonesia must face because of these large areas of rainforests include illegal logging, deforestation, degradation and carbon emissions from peatland. It is a challenge for the youth, as future leaders who will inherit these problems.
Youth should be critical in facing such problems, as their contributions and ideas can help the government to decide on policies that will be implemented. I think it is a great opportunity for young people, especially in Indonesia, to show their enthusiasm about matters related to forestry and landscapes. It is expected that through T20Q many ideas will emerge to solve problems about forestry and landscapes in Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
Many young people are active users of the internet as well as social media, which means that youth can be easily encouraged to engage in and join the conversation about the issue. We hope that T20Q will be a new method of solving problems, now and in the future.
T20Q is a global project that allows you to have your say about issues of importance. Click here to find out more and join in.
Farahiyah Filailly is a student of Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia.