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29 Oct 2014

OU academic recognised for ‘pivotal’ role in sustainable forestry development

Dr David Humphreys honoured for role in international forestry

Dr David Humphreys honoured for role in international forestry


The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) has awarded Honorary Fellow titles to two leading figures in the forestry industry, including Dr David Humphreys, Reader in Environmental Policy at The Open University.

Dr Humphreys is being honoured for his leading role in international forestry for over 20 years, in particular for making a significant contribution to sustainable forestry development.

Speaking of the award, Dr Humphreys said:
“ICF is one of the leading forestry organisations in the world and I am extremely proud to be invited to join the ranks of such an illustrious and distinguished group of forest professionals.”

Dr Humphreys is currently researching UK national forest policy as part of a major European research project, and is also researching the emerging idea of rights of nature in South American countries, and how this may present an alternative to environmental conservation.

Shireen Chambers FICFor, ICF Executive Director, welcomed the new Fellows, praising their individual contributions to the forestry sector:
“The Institute of Chartered Foresters is pleased be welcoming two prestigious new Fellows to the Institute. Sir Harry and Dr Humphreys each play pivotal roles in shaping the landscape of forestry in the UK and overseas. On behalf of the Institute I sincerely congratulate them on their awards.”

Also awarded the Honorary Fellowship is Sir Harry Studholme, who has been recognised by ICF for his extensive contribution to the forestry industry, both in his roles at the Forestry Commission and his involvement in various environmental bodies. He was Deputy Chairman of the Independent Panel on Forestry, which reported on the future of English forestry in July 2012. His current commitments include chairing the Phaunos Timber Fund, a quoted investment trust owning forestry across five continents.

Honorary Fellowship of ICF is offered in recognition of notable service to the advancement of forestry or arboricultural knowledge or for other reasons consistent with the objectives of the Institute. It is an exclusive award, with only 13 previous winners in the Institute’s 89 year history.

The two Honorary Fellowships will be presented at the forthcoming ICF National Conference and AGM, Tree Health, Resilience & Sustainability, which takes place on 22 April 2015 in Cardiff.

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