Jan McAlpine, UNFF Director

I would like to thank the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for hosting this important dialogue on Landscape-Scale Restoration.

The UNFF is a world body comprised all 193 UN countries with a facilitative and catalyzing role in engaging and strengthening cross-sectoral linkages with various partners within the UN system, and outside.  Since its creation in 2000, the UNFF has promoted a 360-degree perspective of all things forests, recognizing the need to widen the debate on forests well beyond the deforestation and afforestation, to a broader sense of its economic, environmental and social values.

Two conference participants viewing the ISTF photo contest

The 18th Annual International Society of Tropical Foresters Conference has begun! Last night we enjoyed our opening Jan McAlpine, and our skype presentation by David Lamb, then joined together for poster presentations and a reception in beautiful, LEED certified Kroon Hall. During this time, many people enjoyed the student photographs on view in the hallway outside of Burke Auditorium. I encourage participants of the contest to cast their vote for their favorite!…

Audience Questions for Dr. David Lamb

Maliau Basin, northeast Borneo 2012

This past summer, researchers with the Sabah Forestry Department allowed me to attend a conference on restoration in the gorgeous Maliau Basin Conservation Area in Sabah, Malaysia (northeast Borneo).  There I had the great opportunity to hear a presentation by Dr. David Lamb, who recently retired after having taught ecology in the School of Biology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  Dr. Lamb is especially interested in the ways in which degraded tropical forests and landscapes can be rehabilitated. His fieldwork has been undertaken in northern Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. This work has explored ways of overcoming bio-physical impediments to rehabilitation as well as understanding the socio-economic factors…

Conference Day 1-Photos by Austin Lord

I know I promised you at least two more postings on why I love New Haven (“arts & culture” and “parks and recreation”)… don’t worry, they are coming! However, I wanted to quickly share some important and some fun info for you during this busy admission season.

As the Admissions Office and Admissions Committee pours through applications in order to create the strongest and most exciting incoming class for a Fall 2012 start, I know that many of you are anxiously awaiting final decisions. We do release all decisions at the same time, around March 15… so try and relax and enjoy your winter without worrying too much! Keep developing your careers, study hard, and continue to nurture your interests… it will only benefit you by continuing to help…

How I learned to stop thinking about REDD+ and love forest restoration

The kickoff keynote of the ISTF conference on Thursday will be given by forest restoration expert Dr. David Lamb. Since he won’t be able to join in person, I wanted to offer up the story of how he originally got me interested me in forest restoration.

Once upon a time in 2009, I was focusing on REDD, REDD and more REDD at work, when I met Dr. Lamb at a workshop about forest restoration and REDD. He gave a  presentation on the social implications and trade-offs of restoring forests for carbon storage, and it was one of those rare instances where workshops actually do re-direct your course in life and send you flying off in some crazy…

2012 ISTF Conference

Each January the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies holds a conference on tropical forests. Dedicated young men and women of the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters(ISTF) work tirelessly through the academic year to organize this important tropical conference. Starting Thursday, January 26, this year’s conference theme is “Strategies for Landscape-Scale Restoration in the Tropics”.

This 3-day conference will bring together tropical forestry experts from all over the world to share ideas on ways to address this question of practical strategies for tropical forest restoration at landscape levels.

Following 2011 International day of forest worldwide, there have been discussions on restoration of degraded forest lands.  This conference will address the restoration strategies…

Ten years ago, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, marking the ten year anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. The WSSD differed from many previous U.N. conferences in that no new treaties or international institutions emerged from Johannesburg (although it did produce another plan of action). What was new at the WSSD was the encouragement and recognition of hundreds of commitments by governments, businesses and civil society organizations to engage in Partnerships for Sustainable Development.

The partnerships were voluntary multi-stakeholder initiatives intended to contribute to the implementation of Agenda 21- the “blueprint for sustainable development” adopted at Rio in 1992.  They addressed the full gamut of environmental, social, and economic issues that are embodied in the concept of sustainability. The term…

In case any prospective FESers might like to view what our neighbors at Yale SOM think about life in New Haven…

Yale SOM students on New Haven

After a whirlwind semester and a two-week long break, I am in the throes of school life again! Am I glad that school has started again? In all frankness, I was initially reluctant to tear myself away from family and friends in my freezing hometown of Ulaanbaatar. However, I did also realize that during my first semester, I was able to build a life here in New Haven. I had a nice apartment and roommates to return to (East Rock is a great neighborhood). I also had friends, a job, classes and the prospect of concocting a whole new thoroughly fulfilling semester. Our semester is not entirely predictable with only classes and academics filling our days. It is ours to enhance with extracurricular activities, social events, weekend outings and independent…