Maria Paula Sarigumba is a young Filipina forester who is passionate about rural development and youth involvement in natural resources management. At present, she is based in Bangkok, Thailand working at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations – Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific. Part of her work is to support the mainstreaming of youth in sustainable development through agriculture, forestry, and fisheries. Paula graduated from the University of the Philippines Los Baños where she focused on forestry education, social forestry, and forest governance. Amongst other things, she coordinates the Philippine case for the global study on the future of forest work and communities.