Forests and society a major theme at the XIV World Forestry Congress

Forest give food and oxygen, stabilize land, improve water quality and availability, reduce the effects of climate change, and provide spaces for cultural activities, reflection and enjoyment.

Convened by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and hosted in Durban by the Government of South Africa, the XIV World Forestry Congress (#Forests2015 on twitter) 7-11 September 2015, will have a strong focus on young people, women and local communities in defining a vision for a sustainable future of forests and forestry.

The major themes of the Congress are:
•People-centred forestry
•Socioeconomic issues
•Forests and forestry in national economic development.

Sacred wood in Cote d'Ivoire. Photo by Emilie Smith/ICRAF

Sacred wood in Cote d’Ivoire. Photo by Emilie Smith/ICRAF

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) Director General Dr Tony Simons will be joined by the Centre’s researchers in sharing their findings and latest thinking around trees in forested, cultivated (agroforestry) and other types of landscapes. ICRAF researchers will be speaking at the Congress on the topics of forests and water; climate change, biodiversity; wood-based energy; biofuels; soil health; land regeneration; trees for better livelihoods, and food trees for nutrition, among other topics.

Download: ‘ICRAF at World Forestry Congress 2015’ at: WFC program – final

Sunday 6 September

Sunday 15:00 – 16:30

Room 21ABCG

High-level CPF dialogue (open event): Towards a vision on forests in the post-2015 era

Monday 7 September

Monday 12:45 – 14:15

Meeting room 11B

The hottest topic in forestry: how can we make woodfuels more sustainable?

Monday 12:45 – 14:15

Hall 3BC

The way forward via integrated South-South Cooperation

Monday 19:45 – 21:00

Hall 3BC

Innovative tools, methods and frameworks for sustainable landscape management

Monday 19:45 – 21:00

Room 11B

Gender in forest, agroforestry and tree value chains: examining interventions and impacts

Tuesday 8 September

Tuesday 10:00 – 17:30

Hall 3A

International Forests and Water Dialogue – This 2-day Special Event co-organized by FAO, IUFRO, INBAR and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) will see the launch of a five-year Forests and Water Action Plan. The event continues to Wednesday, 9 September.

Tuesday 10:30 – 12:30

Room 22ABCG

World Café: How do we build greater resilience by integrating trees directly into farming systems?

Tuesday 12:45 – 14:15

Meeting room 21DEF

Wood and Charcoal for Household Energy: Global Perspectives and Local Practices

Tuesday, 14:15 – 16:15

Hall 5/6

Africa Day Special Event – A spotlight on Africa’s sustainable forest management challenges, achievements and opportunities

Tuesday 16:15 – 18:15

Hall 5/6

More than heat! Wood energy for the future: High Level Plenary Event on Wood Energy

Tuesday 18:15 – 19:30

Hall 2D

Addressing global challenges – land degradation, climate change and rural livelihoods: what is the role of tree genetic resources?

Tuesday 19:45 – 21:00

Hall 3BC

Forest landscape restoration: vision, progress and challenges in eastern and southern Africa

Tuesday 19:45 – 21:00

Hall 3A

Vibrant and thriving social forestry in Southeast Asia for investing in a sustainable future

Wednesday 9 September

Wednesday 10:00 – 17:00

Hall 3A

International Forests and Water Dialogue

Wednesday 12:45 – 14:15

Hall 2FH

Enhancing agroforestry to increase smallholders’ resilience: the example of the Agroforestry Technical Assistance Facility (ATAF) of the Moringa Fund

Wednesday 12:45 – 14:15

Meeting room 21DEF

Governance and institutional set up for implementing forest and landscape restoration

Wednesday 12:45 – 14:15

Room 12B

Les forêts pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition en Afrique Centrale

Wednesday 18:15 – 19:30

Hall 2FH

Scaling up success: re-greening degraded lands in six practical steps

Wednesday 18:15 – 19:30

Room 11CDE

From Costa Rica to the world: Sustainable Forest Management of Tropical Forests and Ecosystem Services

Thursday 10 September

Thursday 12:45 – 14:15

Hall 2D

It’s Official – trees are good for you: the magic of measurement

Thursday 12:45 – 14:15

Hall 1A

Gender matters in forestry – challenges and opportunities

Thursday 12:45 – 14:15

Hall 4D

No north without south, no south without north: the urgent need for an integrated view on global forests

Thursday 12:45 – 14:15

Hall 1B

Policy dialogue on social forestry in Southeast Asia: investing in a sustainable future for people and forests in ASEAN

Friday 11 September

Friday 12:45 – 14:15

Mystrals Lower, Exhibition Centre

LandCare: Providing a framework for community mobilization and appropriate structures for natural resource management

 

Download PDF: ‘ICRAF at World Forestry Congress 2015’ at: WFC program – final

For live updates please follow us on twitter @icraf and the Congress hashtag #Forests2015.

The full Congress programme is available at this link: http://bit.ly/1Jf4Jlz

 

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Daisy Ouya

Daisy Ouya

Daisy Ouya is a science writer and communications specialist with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF). Over the past 15 years she has been packaging and disseminating scientific knowledge in the fields of entomology, agriculture, health, HIV/AIDS research, and marine science. Daisy is a Board-certified Editor in the Life Sciences (bels.org) and has a Masters’ degree in chemistry from the University of Connecticut, USA. Her BSc is from the University of Nairobi in her native Kenya. She has worked as a journal editor, science writer, publisher, and communications strategist with various organizations. She joined ICRAF in July 2012. Twitter: @daisyouya

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