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The Forest Olympics united 17 higher education institutions of Russia

22 april 2019
The 4th Forest Olympics among the students of higher education institutions in forestry, organized by the Primorsky State Agricultural Academy, WWF-Russia, the Amur Tiger Center and FSC Russia, have just completed in the Russian Far East.

The Olympics in sustainable forest management are a competitive form of students' educational and scientific work, in which they have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge of forest disciplines, as well as show their ability to solve forestry tasks, make management decisions and perform calculations. In 2019, 988 students from 17 higher educational institutions of Russia, first of all, bachelors of forestry, became the participants of the Olympics.

The Forest Olympics in the Russian Far East
Comments Alexander Ivanov, PhD, associate professor of the Primorsky State Agricultural Academy, the coordinator of the Olympics: “This year the list of participants has been widened by new universities: Bashkiria State Agrarian University, Siberian State University and Voronezh State Forestry Academy. The largest number of students - 219 people (22%) - were from the Ural State Technical University."

The questions of the Olympics were differentiated by courses and included both basic sections of forestry and specific areas of knowledge related to forest certification, ecosystem functions and remote sensing technologies. Electronic testing was accompanied by illustrative material, for example, it was necessary to identify the plant species or the inventory devices in the photo, to analyze the flow chart, or name the organization by its logo. 

“The efforts of the Primorsky Agricultural Academy in the organization of the Olympics on sustainable forest management play a great uniting role for the student community in forestry. This is especially important in conditions when young people often come to the industry without a strong motivation for their further professional career. We hope that this activity, along with the development of youth forest schools, the Forestry Innovation Centre recently created at the Academy with the support of WWF and the Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program, will encourage future forest specialists in their studies,” says Evgeny Lepeshkin, senior coordinator of forest projects at WWF-Russia Amur branch.
The Forest Olympics helps to intensify the work of students outside the classroom, to identify the most capable young people competent in issues of modern forestry, and in general to increase the prestige of forest education in the country. Based on the highest amount of points, the jury determined the winners of the Olympics: 3 best participants were identified for each course in each of 17 universities. They are awarded with certificates and prizes.
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