Here are the winners of the #Forests2015 blog competition!

Anne-Gaelle Borg (L) and Nikki Chaudhary (R) won the top prizes...

Anne-Gaelle Borg (L) and Nikki Chaudhary (R)
won the top blog competition prizes…

Our #Forests2015 blog competition received 63 entries from 32 countries. The battle was fierce, but also fun.

While we agree with “Hot Chocolate” who sung “Everyone’s a winner” back in 1978, we HAD to select a few, who were more “winning” than others.. 🙂

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Youth plays a major part in the World Forestry Congress

Forests play a significant role in poverty eradication through job creation, economic growth and the supply of basic needs. South African youth are also playing their parts in preserving and taking care of our environment and forests. The XIV World Forestry Congress is expected to draw over 5 000 delegates from across the African continent.

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Africa’s first World Forestry Congress is underway. Pomp, pageantry and some mixed news on the state of forests

Image1The flag of the United Nations was raised in Durban, South Africa, today as the 14th World Forestry Congress got underway with a march past by hundreds of firefighters.

The opening ceremony was addressed by the chairperson of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN Jose Graziano da Silva and FAO Special Ambassador for Forests and the Environment, Prince Laurent of Belgium, before South African Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana officially declared the congress open.

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Durban Declaration: 2050 – The Third Millennium of the World Forestry


Forests and People: investing in a sustainable future

Monday the 7th of September marks the starting of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC), the largest convention of forests in the world. This time it is on African soil, the South African. More than 3500 foresters and forest supporters gather, share their expertise and experiences from around the world; various cultures, ethnicities are gathered around one common voice. How to sustain the people and preserve the forests? What could be the take home recipe for solving this dilemma?

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Video: Renee Heine on the rate loss of forests

The 14th World Forestry Congress – the first on African soil is underway in Durban. United Nations Secretary General – Ban Ki Moon – has told thousands of delegates at the Congress that preservation of the world’s shrinking forests are central to fighting poverty, improving agriculture, water provision and fighting climate change.

The Congress is expected to produce a road map for the sustainable use of forests the world over.