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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2013) 58(1): 24–28
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Short Communication
International trends in forestry education

Glen Murphy 1

1 Professor Glen Murphy is at the School of Forestry and Primary Industries, Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua.

Some have claimed that forestry as a profession faces a global crisis and its collapse is imminent. Recent statistics by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) indicates that this is not likely. Globally, student numbers are rising steadily. However, in some parts of the world forestry programmes are closing and the forestry and wood processing sectors in these areas are facing shortages in their workforce. This article looks at the global and local situation, provides comments from forestry educators at various locations around the world, asks if there is a problem, and reports some of the actual and potential solutions for addressing the problems that have been identified in the literature.
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