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Nelson Mandela University and Fort Cox Agriculture and Forestry Training Institute Students Attend International Symposium in Germany

Two forestry students from South Africa recently attended the 51st International Forestry Students’ Symposium (IFSS) in Germany. The symposium was held from 16 August to 1 September. The two students, Avelile Cishe from Nelson Mandela University and Siyanda Mbadamana from Fort Cox Agriculture and Forestry Training Institute, represented their respective universities, as well as other forestry institutes in South Africa, including Stellenbosch University, University of Venda, University of Pretoria, and University of Mpumalanga.

The IFSS is the biggest annual meeting of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA). It is a platform for forestry students from all over the world to come together to learn about the latest trends in forestry, network with their peers, and share ideas.

The theme of this year’s symposium was “Transforming forestry – getting ahead of current and future challenges.” The students discussed a wide range of topics, including climate change, forest management, and sustainable forest products. They also had the opportunity to visit several forests and forestry research centers in Germany. This gave them a firsthand look at the different ways that forests are managed in Germany.

The students said that they were very grateful for the opportunity to attend the IFSS. They said that it was a valuable experience that will help them in their future careers in forestry.

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Soil sampling infield

“The IFSS was a great opportunity and an amazing experience to network with other forestry students and learn about the latest trends in the field. We learned so much about forestry and we met some great people from all over the world.” – Avelile Cishe

The attendance of this symposium was made possible with funding support provided by the Nelson Mandela University, Fort Cox Agriculture and Forestry Training Institute, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment, and the Germany Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

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Avelile

Avelile and Siyanda had a valuable and rewarding experience. They learned about the latest trends in forestry, networked with their peers, and gained a better understanding of the challenges facing forests around the world. They indicated that they will be sharing their learnings and experiences with all the forestry universities in South Africa and the and a report. 

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Map indicating the areas travelled for the full duration of the event

Author: Avelile Cishe (Regional Representative: Southern Africa)

Source: Nelson Mandela University

 

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