2015 World Forest Institute Fellows: Where Are Some of Them Now?
|Miguel Sanchez – Fellow from Bolivia
After his fellowship, Miguel worked at Fondo Nacional de Desarrollo Forestal (FONABOSQUE), where he planned seedling production on the national level. In May 2017, Miguel invited Diane Haase and Kas Dumroese, nursery specialists from the U.S. Forest Service, to Bolivia to provide technical assistance pertaining to nursery production and out-planting of seedlings. Over 200 participants were trained during this two-week workshop.
|Enkeleda Pjetri – Fellow from Albania
Since December 2016, Enkeleda is working as a consultant for RSK , a UK based company providing Environmental, Social and Cultural Heritage monitoring services to Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP AG). Enkeleda helds the position of the Social Field Monitor on an international construction project implemented in Albania. On behalf of TAP AG she supervises the construction works towards the fulfillment of a project commitment on respecting the rights of local communities affected by the construction.
|Stuty Maskey – Fellow from Nepal
After completing her fellowship, Stuty enrolled in a PhD program in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. Currently, Stuty is collecting data in Nepal for her PhD thesis. Her topic is “stakeholder perspectives on collaboration for a national forestry program.” For this she is conducting an in-depth case study of a large forestry program in Nepal that aimed to improve forestry governance through collaborative policy and decision-making processes. The program however, terminated early. Stuty is investigating the reasons for this termination.
|Chao-Nien "Carol" Koh, Taiwan – Fellow from Taiwan
After her program, Carol resumed working for the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI), where she has been for over two decades. At TFRI, her current research focuses on ornithology in an urban setting. Some of her research has demonstrated that birds in an urban ecosystem have difficulty rearing chicks compared to birds in mountain habitat. This finding has prompted her to develop educational materials for the public on how to protect birds and their habitats in the neighborhoods around the city of Taipei. During 2016, she created two outreach programs: "Bird-Sleuth Club" for primary schools and "Bird’s Nest-Box Watch" in Taipei's Botanical Garden. She also proposed the creation of a wildlife corridor in the East Rift Valley, where she has investigated biodiversity for the past eight years.
|Robert Mijol – Fellow from Malaysia
After Robert finished his WFI Fellowship Program, he resumed working for the Sabah Forestry Department, where he got promoted to Manager for Ulu Segama-Malua Sustainable Forest Management Project. His new responsibilities include coordinating stakeholders, evaluating forest re-certification, leading fieldwork (mostly on forest rehabilitation for orangutan habitat), and protecting forests from illegal logging, agricultural encroachment, and wildlife poachers. He spends most of his time off the grid caring for the beautiful tropical rainforest of Sabah.