Needed: A new forestry graduate


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This presentation by Hosny El Lakany given during the Forests Asia Summit during the discussion forum "Forestry education and research in Asia: Reality, challenges and the way forward" addresses the traits and experience current forestry students should acquire in order to be well-prepared for future challenges.

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Needed: A new forestry graduate

  1. 1. Needed: A new forestry graduate Hosny El Lakany Forest Resources Management Department Faculty of forestry, UBC Forestry Education and Research in Asia: Reality, Challenges, and Way Forward ASEAN-ROK Forest Cooperation (AFoCo) Secretariat
  2. 2. •Management of national forest resources has become a multi-disciplinary task calling for a new breed of forestry graduates. •Traditional forestry is giving way to forests managed increasingly by communities for their goods and services within the context of national development strategies. •Multiple stakeholders lead decision-making.
  3. 3. • New forest professionals will have to deal with the three pillars of sustainable forest management (environmental, economic and social aspects) simultaneously. • Forests to be managed as an integral component of the landscapes. •Collaboration and coordination with other sectors is imperative ( e.g. Agric. , Energy) • Need for educational upgrading of other graduates who are employed in the forestry sector.
  4. 4. • Forestry educators, supported by professional bodies, to develop forestry curricula to cater for new demands on forestry. •Task beyond capabilities and capacities of individual schools. • Institutional partnerships are the way forward. •Capacity building for teachers is as important.
  5. 5. •Global forest issues and related inter- governmental agreements have implications at local levels. Should be part of forestry curricula. •Target forestry graduates would be exceptional global citizens, who promote the values of a green and sustainable society. •The continuum “Education/Research/Policy” must be addressed.
  6. 6. Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation Innovative Sustainable Forest Management Education in the Asia-Pacific Region Forestry College Deans Meeting Mechanism in the Asia-Pacific Region
  7. 7. Objectives To improve capacity for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in the Asia-Pacific region and to facilitate the exchange of technologies and experiences. First output: development of six web-based courses (module-based). Forestry education institution can incorporate contents into their own courses.
  8. 8. Course Coordinator Lead Institute Sustainable Forestry Management in a Changing World Dr. John Innes University of British Columbia, Canada Governance, Public Relationship and Community Development Dr. John Pulhin University of Philippines-Los Banõs, Philippines. International Dialogue on Forestry Issue Dr. Honsy El-Lakany University of British Columbia, Canada Restoration of Degraded Forest Ecosystems and Forest Plantation Development Dr. Christopher Weston & Dr. Thomas Baker University of Melbourne Sustainable Use of Forest Goods and Services Dr. Wan Razali University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia Forest Resource Management and Protection Dr. Youqing Luo & Dr. Yong Liu Beijing Forestry University, China