Public Seminar: Sustainable forest landscapes

Sustainable forest landscapes –10 years’ experience in international capacity building and the way forward

The seminar is summarizing 10 years period of international forest education in the University of Helsinki. The first Helsinki Summer School and Master’s Degree Programme Forest Sciences and Business (MScFB) were both launched 2006. Since that around 200 students from tens of countries have been participating HSS, and there has been more than 100 MSc students in MScFB programme. Forest plantations have been an essential global innovation in forestry and forest industry and they have a topic for HSS.

There are drastic challenges and opportunities around in international education and capacity building. Cutting the university budgets in some countries, emerge of e-learning, such as massive online open access courses (MOOCs) and introduction of tuition fees are to name a few of them. Continue reading

The World Day to Combat Desertification

The World Day to Combat Desertification has been observed since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought. The World Day to Combat

Desertification is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all level.

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VITRI is collaborating with the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Continue reading