Isabelle Dela Paz Champions Innovative Forestry Learning

Jan 28, 2024

In a move to revolutionize forestry education among the youth, Isabelle Claire Dela Paz, the dynamic President of the International Forestry Students Association (IFSA), is set to present her visionary project at the upcoming “Forests for the Future” session. As a keynote speaker she will aim to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical experience in forestry education for secondary school students.

The School Forest Project, a collaborative effort between IFSA, Forests for Tomorrow (Stiftung Wälder für Morgen), and Gymnasium Carolinum Neustrelitz, seeks to embed TreE-Learning modules into the curricula of secondary schools in Northern Germany. This initiative not only aims to enhance students’ understanding of forest ecosystems and sustainable management practices but also to foster a deeper appreciation and responsible behavior towards natural resources.

Isabelle Dela Paz, a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños, with a specialization in Urban Forestry, brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to this project. Her commitment to forestry education is evident in her impressive academic and professional journey, including her role as a Communication Associate in CIFOR-ICRAF and her previous leadership positions within IFSA and the Association of Filipino Forestry Students – UPLB.

Through her presentation, Dela Paz will highlight the critical need for integrating forestry education into school curricula to ensure that the next generation is well-equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for sustainable forest management. The project’s evaluation will focus on its impact on students’ perceptions, knowledge, and behaviors towards forestry, offering valuable insights into the effectiveness of such educational interventions.

As the world grapples with environmental challenges, initiatives like the School Forest Project represent a beacon of hope for the future of forestry education. Under the leadership of visionaries like Isabelle Dela Paz, the path towards a more sustainable and forest-conscious generation seems not just possible, but inevitable.