Youth take centre stage at Forests Asia Summit

A participant leads a discussion during a special youth session at Forests Asia Summit 2014 at ShangriLa Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, May 5, 2014. (CIFOR)

A participant leads a discussion during a special youth session at Forests Asia Summit 2014 at ShangriLa Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, May 5, 2014. (CIFOR)

Last week, ACIAR Graduate Research Officer Jack Koci was in Jakarta, Indonesia to participate in the Forests Asia Summit, where he met some inspiring young people determined to have a say in the future of South-East Asia’s forests…

The Forests Asia Summit, organised by the Centre for International Forestry (CIFOR) and hosted by the Ministry of Forestry, the Republic of Indonesia, brought together over 2000 participants to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the forest landscapes of South-East Asia and beyond. The overall theme for the Summit was sustainable landscapes for green growth in South-East Asia.

While the Summit was attended by Ministers, CEOs, civil society leaders, development experts and some of the world’s top scientists, it was the younger participants who captured people’s attention…even that of the Indonesian President.

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