Elaine and I had a conversation about global forestry challenges. I was impressed by her experience in the sector and global knowledge. She launched ForYP the only global forestry young professionals group at the World Forest Congress in Korea this year and I asked her what that is all about and how to get involved.
Elaine Springgay is FAO’s Agroforestry Officer and has more than 12 years of experience working in international development on integrated natural resources management, community-based forest management and climate-smart agriculture. Prior to joining FAO in 2015, Elaine worked with NGOs or government agencies in Canada, Ghana, the Philippines and Uganda, primarily focused on community-based natural resource management, livelihoods and capacity development initiatives. She has a BSc in both Environmental Geography and History from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in Forestry from the Australian National University. She is also the Founder and Chair of the Global Network for Forestry Young Professionals, ForYP, creating a space for the forestry’s younger experts and future leaders to connect, share experiences and advocate for greater career development opportunities. In her spare time, Elaine loves to travel – she has been to over 50 countries and lived in 12! She is also a foodie, loves to hike and kayaking.
ForYP is a global community of young professionals in the forest sector who network, develop their professional skills, gain confidence, and feel empowered to engage and lead forestry through the 21st century.
See our website: https://www.foryp.org/