Tropical Forests in a Connected World: Collaborative Solutions for a Sustainable Future  

Tropical forests provide valuable ecosystem services locally as well as globally. At the same time, tropical forests are continuously pressured by population growth, commercial demands for timber and non-timber commodities, and other economic activities such as tourism and agriculture. Demand outside the tropics for commodities such as soy, cocoa, beef and palm oil drive deforestation and the local management of tropical forests affects critical global issues like food security, biodiversity conservation, poverty alleviation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, human well-being, and sustainable economic growth and development.

Issues related to tropical forests are complex and intertwined, stressing the need for multidisciplinary teams working towards collaborative solutions that ensure the health of tropical forests and the well-being of those living in or depending on them. The 23rd Annual ISTF Conference will bring together individuals of various disciplines, multiple stakeholders, researchers and practitioners to discuss the much needed coming together of disciplines to achieve sustainable resource use in tropical forests. This conference will provide an opportunity for participants to cross-pollinate ideas, exchange experiences, and pave the way for collaboration across areas. Tangible products from the event will inform the emerging discussion on the changing approach to sustainable development in the tropics.

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Samuel Agyei

Czech Univesity of Lifesciences

Annie Arbuthnot

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Master of Environmental Management, 2018

Matthew Bare

Rainforest Alliance
Evaluation and Research
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Veronica Chang

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
International Society of Tropical Foresters, Treasurer
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Vanessa Ah Chuen

Endem Foundation
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Ross Donihue

Maps for Good
Creative Director

Erika Drazen

Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
MESc/MBA candidate
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Ana Luiza Violato Espada

University of Florida / Tropical Forest Institute
PhD student / Associate researcher
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James Goetz

Cornell Univ. Dept. of Natural Resources
PhD Student
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NFN Hermudananto

University of Florida
Graduate Student

Claire Rossi de Leon

Yale College, Environmental Studies

Kyle Meister

SCS Global Services
Senior Certification Forester
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Steven Patriarco

Yale FES & Yale SOM
Joint MEM / MBA Candidate
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Sarah Sax

Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science
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Abigail Smith

Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Master of Environmental Management Candidate, '18
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Eric Von Horstman T.

Fundacion Pro Bosque
Executive Director
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Eric Wikramanayake

Environmental Foundation, Ltd
Chair/Science Advisor
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Ewin Winata

Yale FES