SEFS students attend International Forestry Students Symposium
Shiva Pariyar, a recent graduate of the Master of Forest Ecosystem Science, represented the University of Melbourne at the 2016 International Forestry Students Association Symposium in Austria.
Shiva, along with fellow student Charlotte Ross-Harris, was able to make the trip in part thanks to the SF Pond Travelling Scholarship, awarded by the School of Ecosystem & Forest Sciences. This covered the cost of flights to Austria, where Shiva joined forestry students from around the world for 17 days of discussions, education and exploration of the forests and forestry industries of Austria and Germany.
Shiva is Nepalese, and feels the knowledge he gained at IFSS is particularly relevant to his home country, which has plans to transform the forestry sector from protection-oriented management towards income-generation, to support employment, economic growth and poverty reduction. Shiva was able to find out about broader perspectives and approaches towards forest management and forest-based industry development through the network of IFSS attendees, and the exchange of ideas, knowledge and skills that he participated in at the Symposium.
"This knowledge and experience could help transform the forestry sector of Nepal, and move it towards achieving twin goals; economic development and sustainable forest management", said Shiva.