International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF)

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19th Annual Conference - January 24-26, 2013
International Society of Tropical Foresters, Yale Chapter
Food & Forests: Cultivating Resilient Landscapes
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Forests are an essential component of multi-functional tropical landscapes that have the potential to meet growing global demands for agricultural goods while maintaining ecosystem services, conserving biodiversity, and providing secure access to food for local communities. In addition to being a source of nutritionally diverse food for one billion people, forests also provide resources essential to agricultural production and can play a key role in adapting agriculture to a changing climate. However, the integration of agriculture with forests is hindered by monoculture agricultural systems that drive deforestation while creating a false dichotomy between forests and food. Assessing the role that forests play in achieving equitable and resilient food systems is therefore critical for achieving both humanitarian and environmental goals.

On January 24-26, the Yale Chapter of the International Society of Tropical Foresters will gather practitioners and researchers to discuss how development and conservation goals can be integrated across food producing landscapes in the tropics in order to promote food security and healthy forests.

Keynote Address:
Frances Seymour, Former Director General, CIFOR
Facilitating Multi-stakeholder Dialogues
Panel Discussions:
Beyond Yields: Food Security and Resilience
Reconciling Interests at the Landscape Scale
Large-Scale Governance and Small-Scale Farming

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With generous support from: Agrarian Studies / Career Development Office / Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies / F&ES Student Activities Committee / Graduate and Professional Student Senate / Southeast Asia Studies / Technical Skills Module / Tropical Resources Institute / Yale Climate and Energy Institute / Yale Council on African Studies

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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. In addition to organizing field trips to the New York Botanical Garden, hosting discussion events and career talks (“Dinner with a Tropical Forester”), ISTF also organizes a two-day conference on an emerging topic in the tropics – the largest student-organized conference at FES. Conferences in recent years have brought together representatives of governments, universities, and environmental and development organizations to discuss:

  • Innovations in Tropical Forest Management
  • Tropical Forests and Climate Change
  • Conflict and Cooperation
  • Reduced Emissions from Degradation and Deforestation
  • Payment for Environmental Services
  • Illegal Logging and Certification
  • People in Parks
  • Himalayan conservation and development
Read about last year's conference: Strategies for Landscape-Scale Restoration in the Tropics,
January 26-28, 2012
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Matthew Bare
Desirée Lopes

Reginald Rex Barrer



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