International Society of Tropical Foresters - Yale Student Chapter

Yale's Student Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) was first organized in 1989, as part of a network of natural resource professionals concerned with tropical resource management. ISTF provides a forum for students with interests and experiences in linking natural resource conservation and management with economic development. Members participate in a range of social, educational, and professional activities that promote the sharing of experiences and knowledge related to resource management in developing countries. Each year, ISTF organizes a two-day conference on an emerging topic in the tropics. Conferences in recent years have brought together representatives of governments, universities, and environmental and development organizations to discuss:

  • Tropical Forests Under a Changing Climate: Linking Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation
  • Reduced Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation
  • Payment for Environmental Services
  • Illegal Logging and Certification
  • People in Parks
  • Himalayan conservation and development
  • Ecotourism

Co-Chairs: Ian Starr and Tina Schneider
Treasurer: Manuel 'Manolo' Mavila Loli

The ISTF Yale Student Chapter Annual Conference, 2011

Communities, Commodities and Carbon: Innovations in Tropical Forest Management

We were fortunate to have the following keynote speaker:

Calestous Juma - Harvard-Kennedy School of Government, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, former Executive Secretary - UN Convention on Biological Diversity

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