Pre-Congress highlights


Durban welcomed delegates arriving this weekend for the XIV World Forestry Congress with a number of pre-Congress events heralding a busy week ahead.

The African Forest Forum presented a two-day workshop entitled Forests, people and environment: some perspectives from Africa, which presented important trends in the African forest sector including the rehabilitation of degraded land using trees and managing forests in the context of climate change.

A research symposium sponsored by the International Union of Forest Research Organization’s and the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research showcased the depth and breadth of forestry research across South Africa, discussing the sustainability of tree plantations in Southern Africa.

And at the #Forests2015 Social Media Boot Camp, 50 communication professionals and foresters took part in a three-day capacity building social media training course, honing their Twitter and blogging skills. You can follow their work over the next five days as they put their training into practice throughout Congress week – follow the #Forests2015 hashtag and visit the #Forests2015 blog.

Read more on the FAO Congress website

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