Report by Silvia Abruscato, Juliet Achieng, Simone Massaro, Nicolás Domke Venegas, Polina Blinova, Erica di Girolami, Johanna Klapper, and Elif Duman.
The Youth Forest Policy Days is an initiative organized by the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) and FOREST EUROPE (FE). This event enabled the youth community to exchange knowledge, gain insights about international forest policies and learn new skills.
It was a three-day digital event covering the forest sector’s multidisciplinarity and gave the speakers and attendees a platform to share their knowledge and experience. The first day was in a workshop format, where participants gained practical skills in public speaking, digitalization in the forest sector, and how to design an engaging conference. During the workshop day, all the participants could also exchange their personal experiences during the networking and Living Library sessions. The second day of the event was in a conference format where participants learned about international forest policy and the role of youth in the forest policy arena during the panel discussion. Furthermore, some of the major forest issues, such as deforestation, sustainable forest management, restoration, and forest finance, were discussed in the parallel sessions. This report presents the main outcomes of the YFPD with the purpose of knowledge sharing, capacity building, and organizing similar events in the future.