Video: Kenneth MacDicken on the Global Forests Resources Assessment report

Kenneth MacDicken, Senior Forestry Office at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), reveals the results of the most recent study on changes in the world’s forests. Updated every five years, the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA2015) shows the state of sustainable forest management, and trends in forest area change.

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South-South cooperation needs more transfer of knowledge

L to R: moderator Stephan A. Pietsch of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis; Zac Tjoundjeu; Alexandre Ywata de Carvalho; Coert Geldenhuys; Tachrir Fathoni.

L to R: moderator Stephan A. Pietsch of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis; Zac Tjoundjeu; Alexandre Ywata de Carvalho; Coert Geldenhuys; Tachrir Fathoni.

Tropical forest countries at the World Forestry Congress call for greater cooperation to share experience between farmers, advisers and governments.

‘We are all talking about how to transfer knowledge from scientists and government to farmers’, summarised Dr Tachrir Fathoni.

Dr Fathoni, who is the director-general of natural resources and ecosystem conservation with the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, was a panelist on the future of South–South cooperation at the World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, 7 September 2015.

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Deforestation and illegal timber trade top WWF’s agenda at XIV World Forestry Congress


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and Protection Management

As global forestry leaders gather in South Africa for the World Forestry Congress, WWF is challenging participants to take bold actions to stop deforestation and join WWF’s “Forests for Life” campaign.

The Congress, to be held on 7-11 September, will open against the backdrop of the 2015 FAO Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA2015), which is updated every five years and will be released on the first day of the Congress.

The event comes at a critical time for the forestry sector – forest management, protection and restoration are vital elements of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which will be adopted later this month; and in November, over 190 countries will meet at the UN climate change talks in Paris to negotiate a new treaty to cut global emissions. Meanwhile, we continue to lose forests at an alarming rate.

“Unless we take concerted action now, we stand to lose up to 170 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2030 in the world’s ‘deforestation fronts’, places that will account for over 80 per cent of global forest in these 20 years,” said Rod Taylor, Director, WWF Global Forest Programme. “That’s why we are dedicating our presence at the World Forestry Congress to challenge stakeholders – both in and outside Durban – to take part in our campaign and tell us what they are doing for forests and to address the catastrophic threat of deforestation and forest degradation.”

Representatives from governments, companies and major international organizations from across the world are joining WWF’s campaign to advance the debate on solutions to halt deforestation.

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Picture courtesy – Trees for the future

South Africa’s Deputy President’s speech officially opens the XIV World Forestry Congress


H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president of South Africa

It’s the 7th September 2015 and long lines are forming in front of the International Congress Center in Durban, South Africa. Nice early spring sun is shining upon a very colorful group of people queuing in front of the International Congress Center. Chatter in different, mostly international, languages can be heard if one would listen to the ongoing conversations.

The crowd has assembled for the official opening of the XIV World Forestry Congress. The congress is opened by a parade by the Working on Fire organization, and then the crowd moves in to listen to address by the high-profile speakers.

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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.

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Green and Grey Infrastructure: The Contribution of Urban and Peri-urban Forests to Sustainable Cities

11869553525_1c56a8121d_cPlease join us in globally promoting the contribution of urban and peri-urban forestry to a green and sustainable future. A World Forestry Congress Urban Forestry side event will take place from 12:45 to 14:15 on 10 September, 2015 in Hall 5/6.

The development and management of the urban and peri-urban forests can play a key role in ensuring the provision of a number of services that are vital for the livelihood and health of the urban and peri-urban communities. In order to maximize these services, however, it is essential that the urban and peri-urban forests are fully integrated into city planning. In fact, the interaction between the grey, blue and green elements of a city is the key to reshape or build urban areas better equipped to face the increasing global challenges.

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