Dialogues for better forests

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More Forests, Better Future

On 7 September, after the opening ceremony of the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC) in Durban South Africa, the High Level Dialogue on Global Forest Agenda was held.

The main message from this session was clear: we are gathered at the congress to motivate and remind each other of our purpose to build a better future for forests. This is the reason for holding the congress.

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African bamboos and rattans: filling knowledge gaps

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Bamboo for Africa

A preliminary checklist defines existing knowledge on African bamboos and rattans – an initial contribution to a new global initiative launched at World Forestry Congress 2015

Today, many bamboo and rattan-producing countries are not tapping the economic-environmental value that these plants can bring to national green economy strategies – benefits that include climate change mitigation and adaptation, landscape and soil restoration, biodiversity conservation, energy, and new income streams for rural communities.

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Five steps to stimulating demand for sustainable products in a competitive marketplace


Responsibly sourced timber is better for the environment, better for business and better for everyone involved in the timber trade, but how do we communicate that to consumers? In this article Justin Smith, Head of Sustainability at Woolworths Group, provides five tips on how to successfully market sustainably and responsibly sourced products.

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Why the future success of the timber trade depends on your customers’ confidence


Tropical timber production rose again last year – a good sign for the industry – but how do we capitalise on this post-recession growth period, and how do we overcome the negative public image of the tropical timber trade? Jose Canchaya, Business Manager at Maderacre SAC, explains why trust – from supplier to consumer – is key to the long-term success of the tropical timber industry.

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Let’s talk about Woodfuels

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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: Toward a roadmap for sustainable landscapes investments at scale — Inputs from forestry science


The capital is ready. The project ideas are there. It’s time to scale up.

Don’t miss out on this side event at FAO World Forestry Congress in Durban: On the 9th of September, from 12:45 until 14:15 in the 11CDE meeting room, you will be able to have your say in the future of finance for forests and land use.

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