Monday | May 5th     19.00 - 21.00

Special session: Youth in Southeast Asia


Youth in Southeast Asia’s Forests – Special session at the Forests Asia Summit Report

Read the session recommendations here:

Read what our moderators say after Forests Asia:Say what? The significance of the voices of youth at the Forests Asia Summit

Moving on with the ‘river of life': Experiences of a youth moderator

Join the online discussions!

L’Oreal, Nestlé (& other companies) are committing to zero deforestation…but where are the youth? 

What can young people do to encourage good governance of Southeast Asia’s forests? 

How can youth promote the importance of SE Asia’s forest foods?

What skills do youth need for future climate change careers?

What is the youth session at the Forests Asia Summit?

Youth are becoming increasingly involved in policy and research efforts across the forestry and development sectors. Despite this, we are still seeing the same tired conference format of presentation after presentation, with a lack of deep discussions and actionable outcomes.

We want to change that!

At the Forests Asia Summit on Monday 5 May 2014, we brought together the best and brightest minds from Southeast Asia to talk about the future of the region’s forests. We want young people to be the forefront of this summit and we encourage them to work to identify new ways of tackling major forestry issues and tell us how youth can help drive such solutions forward.

Youth were split into five roundtables where they discussed ways to tackle a challenge facing Southeast Asia’s forests and people today. Each roundtable was moderated by a specially chosen young person – our youth moderators!

Say hello to our youth moderators and their mentors!

Opening speaker: Andhyta Utami mentored by Marina Cherbonnier.

Governance: Yi Ying Teh mentored by Bayu Shantiko.

Climate: Jaime Webbe mentored by Bimo Dwisatrio.

Equitable Development: Aristia Hady Wanjaya mentored by Annie Yang and Shintia Arwida.

Food: Jan Joseph Dida mentored by Samson Kofi Foli.

Investment: Luke Pritchard mentored by Sophia Gnych.

Event agenda

Monday 5 May

Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia

7:00pm – 7:20pm Introduction by inspiring youth leader
7:20pm – 7:40pm  Dinner break
7:40pm – 8:40pm Roundtable discussions
8:40pm – 9:10pm Presentations from each roundtable

How can I get involved?

You can still get involved by joining the online discussion here and using the hashtags #ForestsAsia #youth.

The organizers

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is a nonprofit, global facility dedicated to advancing human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity by conducting research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries.

The International Forestry Students’ Association is a global network connecting tertiary level students in forest science and related disciplines. IFSA operates as a not-for-profit, 100% student led organisation, with the aims of promoting global cooperation among forestry students, enriching forestry education, facilitating collaboration with international partner organisations, and providing a voice for youth in international forest policy processes.

YPARD is an international movement by young professionals for Young Professionals for Agricultural Development. YPARD operates as a collective global on-line and off-line communication and discussion platform and is meant to enable young professionals all over the world to realize their full potential and contribute towards innovative agricultural development.

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