Nelson Mandela University Forestry students Zamadlamini Dlamini and Tertius Venter were chosen by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to attend the 14th International Junior Forest Contest 2017 which took place from 3 – 8 September 2017 in Russia (Moscow). Both students were highly commended for their work and received Merit Diplomas and a medal for their research presentations.

The Junior Foresters’ Competition – an annual event hosted by the Russian Federal Forestry Agency – brings together youth from nations around the world to reward young scientists for their interest and efforts in the environmental field. It also encourages international dialogue concerning forestry issues. Young foresters aged 14 to 22 years old from Europe, Asia, Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa, North and South America presented their research works.

Third year forestry students, Zamadlamini and Tertius, presented their research titled “Peat fires of Zululand” and “Testing different growing media to improve clonal production” respectively.  Twenty-eight countries were involved in the contest and 35 participants presented their findings and unique forestry related research. Apart from the research presentations the delegates took part in team building activities and were also taken on excursions in and around the central city of Moscow.

The students were accompanied by their lecturer Mr Muedanyi Ramantswana and DAFF’s Deputy Director for Sector Capacity Development Ms Irene Mathabela. Representatives from the South Africa’s embassy in Russia, Mr Tshisikawe Nekhudzhiga and Ms Inna Zinovyeva, spent some time getting to know the students and also attended their presentations.

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