IUFRO: Recognition of Innovation and Efforts for Reforestamos
24 junio, 2019
The International Union of Forest Research Organizations, IUFRO, recognizes individuals and organizations through a series of awards for those who, through innovation and collaborative efforts, promote forest research.
Cause with Consciousness
We depend crucially on the complex lungs that are our forests. They are home to 80% of species and are the main source of food for 25% of the population (UN). These same forests are also our primary defense against climate change.
However, 13 million hectares of forest disappear each year. The accelerated loss of these natural havens, the main source of life as we know it, is increasingly driving collective awareness to reverse this situation, thereby promoting controlled, responsible, and regenerative industry (UN).
Hence, more and more ventures focused on protecting and conserving our trees emerge, founded on a constant evolution of technology and techniques developed by engineers in this field.
A forest company utilizes forests to create products and services that contribute to social, environmental, and economic well-being.
Honorable Mention for Reforestamos: Young Forest Entrepreneur
IUFRO received seventy proposals from different countries, where the top ten were selected. On March 21, the winners were announced. Reforestamos México’s Young Forest Entrepreneur competition received an honorable mention for the effort and commitment put into the program, which aims to motivate youth to develop entrepreneurial ideas that address socio-environmental and economic problems, always valuing the importance of forest conservation.
With the connections generated in Young Forest Entrepreneur, we can bring valuable information about the current situation of forests to entrepreneurs worldwide. Fostering teamwork, communication, resilience, and technology, we have already become leaders in providing links between young people interested in the field and investors in the private sector, government, and civil society within forest entrepreneurship.
Being recognized by IUFRO motivates us to continue helping the youth understand the potential of forests, maximize the impact of our efforts, and continue inspiring students, teachers, and the general population to seek strategies that allow us, together, to address environmental issues. Currently, with participants from over 65 universities throughout Latin America, young people have the opportunity, thanks to these incentives, to make their work have a greater socio-environmental impact and, in turn, generate economic income.
In 2019, the “Research and Forest Cooperation for Sustainable Development” congress, organized by IUFRO, will be held for the first time in Latin America. The event will take place in Curitiba, Brazil, from September 29 to October 5.