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While most students are taking a break from the books, it’s off to Qatar for Kutelani Tshivhase, a master’s student in Forestry at NMMU’s George Campus at Saasveld.

Kutelani was nominated by the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) to represent the association at the COP 18 Summit in Doha, Qatar. He attended the proceedings of the Forest Day 6 with the Center of International Forestry Research (CIFOR) which included various discussions pertaining to forestry policies, research and communication, world forest data and a bid to reduce carbon emissions by reducing deforestation globally.

Upon his return, Kutelani will share his insights with fellow students and the forestry student fraternity. He will, amongst others, provide an account of “Forestry Education” and its relevance to the discussions of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Kutelani Tshivhase

NMMU George Forestry student, Kutelani Tshivhase, represented the International Forestry Students’ Association at the COP 18 summit in Doha, Qatar

Note: “Forest Day 6 sought to inform UNFCCC's global agenda and forest stakeholders on ways to move forward with REDD+ agreements reached at COP17 in Durban, to produce social and environmental benefits, good governance, long-term financing and the integration of forests into adaptation strategies on the ground. REDD+ stands for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, as well as the conservation and sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks”. (