The state of the world’s forests affect us all. Although more people live in cities than ever before, we all depend upon forests for shared climate, water and food.

The people living and working in forests are key to protecting them from degradation and deforestation, and safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem services. But faced with limited opportunities in their home towns and villages, and the lure of possibilities elsewhere, people are leaving forest communities. This places sustainable forests, and forest cultures, at risk.

How might this trend be reversed? What could happen if some of the world’s coolest jobs involved working with forests? How can youth be involved in creative solutions to drive positive forest futures?

In response to such questions, the Future of Forest Work and Communities (FoFW) initiative was established to bring researchers and practitioners from around the world together with grassroots organizations and community partners to co-create novel strategies in support of the next generation of local forest workers, leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Want to learn more? Go to About our Work. Interested in organizing or hosting one of our youth visioning workshops? Go to a Host a Workshop.

If you would like to contact the team directly, please write to FoFW at: