3 March, 2014
14th World Forestry Congress
THE DATE TO SAVE IN
XIV World Forestry
Forests and people: Investing in a sustainable future
7-11 September 2015, Durban,
Government of the Republic of South Africa, in collaboration with the Food and
Agriculture organization of the United Nations (FAO), will host the XIV World
Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 11 September 2015. For the
first time the Congress is being held in Africa.
Forestry Congress is the largest and most significant gathering of the world's
forest sector, held every six years. Its objectives are to inform, orient and
influence international action in forestry and to elevate the sector's role in
global development. It attracts a vibrant cross-section of the global forestry
community and provides multiple fora to stimulate forward-looking ideas and
proposals and creative solutions.
essential to life on our planet. Sustainable incomes and livelihoods,
mitigation and adaption to climate change, adequate supplies of fresh water,
biodiversity in nature, human food security, and material for shelter-none of
these would be possible without forests. Yet this life-sustaining resource is
under unprecedented pressure from humanity and the climate. Competing
socio-economic demands are increasingly compromising the sustainability of
forests. The role of the global forestry community is therefore crucial. The
XIV Congress will provide unique opportunities for exploring all aspects of
sustainable management of the world's forests.
Why have another Congress?
will be a key occasion for the world's forester's supports to gather, to share
their expertise and experience, and to project a new vision for the future.
This XIV Session will be crucial as the world will be entering a new
development era with the adoption of the post-2015 development goals. The
Congress will be the first global forestry event after this, and therefore its
role in helping to define a sustainable roadmap can be pivotal.
Clarify why it is so important to recognize
forestry as an integral part of sustainable development-from local to national
and international levels
Identify analyze and raise awareness of the
major issues facing the sector and propose new forms of technical, scientific
and policy actions that will result in forests greater sustainability by
linking sound policy to feasible practice.
Serve as a key venue in 2015 for the world's
foresters-from decision-makers to local practitioners as well as sectoral
partners-to share their knowledge and latest findings, in a forum that will
allow for challenging, constructive and sometimes controversial debate, the
exchange of experience ad views and the fostering of collaborative partnerships
Provide a global showcase for the sector's
latest developments and innovations, using multi-media learning platforms to
illustrate their practical applications and linkages.
- Ensure that critical issues are visibly
addressed and that all key stakeholders, including young people, women and
local communities, are given a platform where the voice of the constituencies
they represent will be heard.
welcomes the participation of people from all countries, regions and sectors,
whether representatives of government or non-governmental organizations,
private companies, academia scientific or professional bodies, forestry
associations, local practitioners, or simply have a personal interest in taking
part and contributing to an important event that will have a major influence on
forest sector development.
programme will be professionally and culturally rewarding, with a variety of
sessions, events and dialogue, to ensure that all participants are engaged in
defining a vision and strategies for the sustainable future of forests and
information is available at www.fao.org/forestry/wfc/en.
More details on organizational and logistical aspects, including registration,
the programme, calls for papers and posters, etc., will be available at the
main XIV Congress website that will be launched in March 2014.
forward to welcoming you in Durban!
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