The 12th session for the UN Forum on Forest will begin this Monday, May 1st in New York City and last until the 5th. IFSA has the honor of representing the Major Group Children and Youth and has 10 delegates attending the meeting. Follow our posts both on the IFSA facebook & Twitter along with the UNFF MGCY twitter and facebook.
Below are introductions to some of the delegates (this will update as we get closer to Monday):
OSCAR CRESPO PINILLOS
Hi everyone! I’m Salina and I’ve worked with IFSA for nearly two years now – first, as Head of the International Processes Commission, and, now, as the Statutes Councillor. I attended the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) Organizational-Led Initiative meeting in support of UNFF back in November on forestry indicators so I’m really excited to see what progress we’ll see at UNFF 12. For background: I am about to graduate with my B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management & Economics in June of 2016 (currently on a year long exchange at Tilburg University in the Netherlands). My bachelor’s research has been on corporate social responsibility impact at the first modern mine in Eritrea (my country of heritage) in land rehabilitation and rural women’s livelihoods. I am passionate about sustainable development policy, particularly as it relates to Africa. I am excited to lead our delegation, share the updates from UNFF 12 and I encourage you to engage with us as much as possible on here.
Max Webster is a Master’s student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His current work focuses on aligning goals for community development and conservation by building creative partnerships between urban and rural areas. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Max has previously led conservation crews, worked in public affairs for city government and developed a number of community garden projects. [Will be reporting on the forestry and green jobs side event on Thursday hosted by UNECE and UN FAO]
Stephanie joined IFSA LC UBC when she began her master course in international forestry last September. She was the head of special events of IFSA LC UBC. She was involved in organizing Prepping for COP 22 at UBC last year. Stephanie is almost completing her course and is thrilled to wrap it up with yet another important role at IFSA. She will be participating at the UN Forum on Forest 12 session (UNFF 12) as a policy delegate. She hopes to learn more about the processes of negotiations on forestry at the international level and get a first – hand experience of multi-stakeholder discussions. Prior to her course, Stephanie worked at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), a leading research institute in India. She has been involved in research projects on the impact of climate change on the inhabitants of Sundarbans Island, water quality assessment of an industrial region in southern India and waste management. She has also been pro – active in sustainable development education and outreach wherein she conducted capacity building workshops for the youth and community, organized campaigns, seminars for the youth. [Will be a key policy delegate assisting in the Major Group Children and Youth comments and interventions]
Ethan Miller is a first year Master of Forestry candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Ethan spends his time at the intersection of tropical landscape ecology, geospatial analysis, and stakeholder engagement. His research focuses on the question, “how can collaborative spatial planning and multi-stakeholder engagement improve landscape management in the neotropics?” Prior to starting at Yale, Ethan was a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama where he studied how drones and aerial photography can estimate biomass and growth in small-scale timber plantations. He holds a B.S. of Environmental Science and a minor in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His work has taken him to the Yasuni National Park, the Galapagos Islands, the Panama Canal Watershed, and the Esri headquarters in California. Follow him @ethanfmiller.