Los bosques de México en el Congreso Forestal Mundial

Bosque en la Sierra Juárez de Oaxaca.

Bosque en la Sierra Juárez de Oaxaca.

México es un país que gusta a mucha gente. Con solo decir que vienes de este país las personas quieren practicar las palabras que saben del “español mexicano” pues incluso a los hispano hablantes les gustan nuestra forma de hablar.

Por eso no es de extrañar que a la sesión de México y sus experiencias en el manejo sustentable tuviera tan buena audiencia.

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Deforestation-free: An important step toward full sustainability

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On Monday here at the World Forestry Congress, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released its latest assessment of the state of the planet’s forests. While the global rate of deforestation has slowed, it remains unacceptably high in many tropical regions.

The Sustainable Development Goals, to be agreed next month at the United Nations, call for a halt to deforestation by 2020. The FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment confirms we need to work faster and smarter to get anywhere near this target by 2020.

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14th World Forestry Congress – Moving from ‘tree hugging’ to sustainable forestry management

Children play at Batang Buat river, Lubuk Beringin village, Indonesia.

Children play at Batang Buat river, Lubuk Beringin village, Indonesia.

Delegates attending the 14th World Forestry Congress will seek tangible solutions over the next two days to the global challenge of feeding a growing human population – including a burgeoning, consumptive middle-class – while limiting the extent of climate change and environmental degradation.

One of the major trends that have emerged over the opening three days of the gathering has concerned the sustainable use of forest resources.

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Interview with Dr. Marjana Westergren: Forest Scientist

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Dr. Marjana Westergren, a researcher at the Slovenian Forestry Institute

Dr. Marjana Westergren is a researcher at the Slovenian Forestry Institute, working in population and landscape genetics, management and conservation of forest genetic resources, and adaptation of forest tree populations.

Our social media reporter Boris Rantaša caught up with her ahead of her session on forest genetic monitoring at the EUFORINNO Workshop (9.9.2015, 19:45, Hall 3A).

What is it like to be a scientist?

For me, it’s really nice to be a scientist, because you get to find out new things. The best thing about it is when you analyze the data, see the results, interpret them and see, ‘this is something that I figured out, and my colleagues have figured out with me and we actually have done this!’ and this might help somebody right now or in the future. It’s a really rewarding feeling and it makes you [keep going].

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Youth play their part in conserving forests in Africa

Indigenous afrotemperate forest growing in a river valley. Western Cape South Africa

Indigenous forest in Western Cape, South Africa

Advocating forestry and conservation may sound boring to many young people who often lack ambition and know nothing but the latest hip-hop songs or latest trends in fashion. However, for Eric Ogallo from Kenya and Kiki Tassi from Togo, it is a different story. The two young men teach rural communities how to conserve their forests. They both attended the World Forestry Congress in Durban this week.

Twenty-five year old Ogallo is part of a youth-led non-governmental organization working in the forests of the central highlands of Kenya. “We want to rehabilitate the area by using the youth and their innovations, so that they can create solutions to livelihoods and forestry management issues,” he said.

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