Coming to the World Forestry Congress? Join the #Forest2015 social reporters!

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Doesn’t the #Forests2015 tag look nice on the participants’ bag? Join us!

Over the past months, we assembled over three hundred people in our #Forests2015 social media team. They are a mix of social media volunteers, youth and communications professionals, all supporting the World Forestry Congress.

Some work for the organisations or institutions participating in the Congress and others work for our partners or other organisations. Most of our social reporters, though, are social media enthusiasts, who contribute to our online outreach through their own networks.

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Smartphones, REDD+ and the Ameridian communities of North Rupununi, Guyana

Community monitor Grifley Mack using a smartphone for monitoring

Community monitor Grifley Mack using a smartphone for monitoring

International and national statements on community participation in REDD+ are not necessarily put into practice in tropical forests. North Rupununi, in Guyana, is one place where indigenous communities are showing how – and why – they should be involved.

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Mainstreaming Youth for sustainable forest and people’s futures: 15 youth cross-cutting focuses at the World Forestry Congress

A participant leads a discussion during a special youth session at Forests Asia Summit

A participant leads the discussion
during a special youth session at Forests Asia Summit

“Young People are being heard, but what do they have to say?”

While youth’s participation and involvement is significantly increasing at global development conferences, one would argue that youths’ messages still often need to be strengthened. Young people may sometimes struggle stepping back and expressing what their specific burdening issues and aspirations are.

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Let’s talk about Woodfuels

Woman at charcoal factory

Woman at charcoal factory

An estimated 90 percent of sub-Saharan Africa’s population depend on firewood and charcoal for cooking. Governments seek to make ‘modern’ cooking technologies accessible to their people. However, such energy transitions will take significant time, resources and cultural shift. In the meantime, woodfuels will continue to play an important role in the energy mix.

Suggesting woodfuels could even be a sustainable and modern energy source is a hot topic. They have the negative reputation of being a dirty fuel, ‘low-tech’, an energy source of the past. A shift in perception is needed to act on political, investment and regulatory interventions.

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Side Event: Integrative approaches to improve sustainable forest management under climate change

One of our four research forests where innovative models and tools for climate change adaptation are being used - Central Highlands Region, Victoria, Australia

One of our four research forests where innovative models and tools for climate change adaptation are being used – Central Highlands Region, Victoria, Australia

Forests provide a unique challenge and major opportunity for climate change mitigation, with a fine line between their immense capacity to either contribute to or mitigate climate change.

Sustainable forest management is crucial, as a decrease in the health and resilience of forest ecosystems can cause transition from a carbon sink to a carbon source. Maintaining these ecosystems is not only an effective climate change mitigation strategy, but is also important for the millions that depend on forests for social and economic needs.

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Policy Dialogue on Social Forestry in Southeast Asia: Investing in a Sustainable Future for People and Forests in ASEAN

Flyer WFC policy dialogue-with venue

The Event will highlight forestry cooperation among the ten countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the context of the establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. ASEAN countries seek to promote economic growth, social progress and cultural development through regional cooperation, collaboration and integration in economic, socio-cultural, techno-scientific and administrative domains.

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Vibrant and Thriving Social Forestry in Southeast Asia for Investing in a Sustainable Future

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In a forest ecosystem, often timber products only comprise 10% of all products whereas 90% are non-timber forest products (NTFPs). NTFPs are estimated to account for as much as 25% of the income of close to one billion people, and also provide for health and subsistence people to many forest-dependent communities (FDCs). In the last decade, economic interests seen as good for development – ranging from mining to palm oil cultivation – have overshadowed FDCs’ way of life, often with detrimental effects on the community and the forest.

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