Youth Forest Policy Days 2022

Youth Forest Policy Days (YFPD)

The YFPDs are organized by the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) and FOREST EUROPE. They will enable the youth community to exchange knowledge and gain more insights about international forest policies.  

The event is divided into three days:

  • Workshop Day (1st of December) which focuses on capacity building and soft skills.
  • Conference Day (2nd of December) with sessions on the role of youth in forest policy, real-world examples of implemented forest policy and panel discussions with all major stakeholders about sustainable forest management (by FOREST EUROPE), restoration (by GLF), halting deforestation (by IUFRO) and Forest Finance.
  • Climate negotiation simulation (3rd of December)

The event will be fully online and completely free to join. Register for the event at

You can find more details on the conference website

Actual Message of SILVA Network’s presidency

Dear Colleagues and Friends of SILVA Network,

Like many of us were feeling in these days, I was shocked and paralyzed by the pictures of people suffering and dying in burning cities in Ukraine, many decades after World War II. Putin’s war, in violation of the law of nations, severely affects lives of all people on the European continent, both in Western countries and in Russia itself. Our full solidarity is with the Ukrainian colleagues whose families are in acute danger of loosing their homes and even their lives.

Since the 1980s, SILVA Network performed as a platform where people from all countries in Europe were peacefully and friendly sharing their views on university education on forests. Very often we had participants from Russia joining our conferences, and only a few years ago our colleagues in St. Petersburg hosted an important meeting. This is unique in the ICA Organization, where SILVA constitutes one of the standing committees, as Russian organizations are not members in the other initiatives.

Taking into account the actual situation, I deeply regret that we have to suspend cooperation with state institutions from Russia for the time the war in Ukraine is going on. This is definitely not a measure against our colleagues, rather against a regime that endangers peace and freedom in Europe. Like other European organizations in forest research and education, we are open for continuation of our contacts on a personal basis and ready for rebuilding official bridges after this insane war comes to an end.

Kind regards,

Norbert Weber

Forestry education and beyond

SILVA supports Grow Green Jobs. Find out more and join us!

Grow Green Jobs is an Instagram campaign developed by Forest Europe. It aims to raise awareness among students as well as young professionals in the fields of forestry, natural sciences, agriculture, and agroforestry. We want them to know the existing professions and career paths in their vicinity that are fostering a transition to a more sustainable economy in Europe. Our aim is to inspire students and young professionals, therefore we encourage them to share their own experiences with sustainable jobs in the forest. Grow Green Jobs will showcase Green Jobs from all over Europe in the format of one-minute videos. Forest Europe is also producing social media content and radio ads to broaden the campaign’s reach. This material introduces concrete jobs and provides information on how to take part in the Instagram campaign. To learn more about the campaign follow us on Instagram@foresteuropedotorg

How can I take part in the Grow Green Jobs campaign?

Grow Green Jobs banner 

1.  Post a video of your project: Click here to see an example (link: Trend Reporting fowala - YouTube)

2. Suggest a communication channel and other potential partners: Click on the link to know more about the benefits our partners receive (link: FOREST EUROPE | Grow Green Jobs invitation)

3.  Spread the word!: Check our Instagram account @foresteuropedotorg and use the hashtag #GrowGreenJobs

How can I stay tuned?

Within the Workstream 3 "Green Jobs and Forest Education", Forest Europe is currently conducting seminars for students studying a forest-related field. Here, they are introducing Forest Europe and explaining the importance of this pan-European political process.