Help forests “drum” the message home

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DumdedumdedumdeDUMDEDUMDEDUMDEDUMDEDUM.

It was very noisy, but effective in attracting our attention during yesterday’s session at the World Forestry Congress, “Connecting forests and people – building capacity to communicate”.

The session got off to a dramatic start, with a splendid performance of traditional drumming ala Kwazulu Natal and Miss Earth. It was a smart way to attract participants’ attention to join the discussion. Moreover, under each single chair in the hall, there was a traditional drum provided to round off discussion at the end of the session. The message? Forestry problems need noisy drums – effective public relations and communication – to spread the message for better future forests.

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

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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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Investing in Knowledge Generation, Capacity Building and Education in Forestry

Left to right: Ernest Foli, Mike Wingfield and Tatenda Mapeto

Left to right: Ernest Foli, Mike Wingfield and Tatenda Mapeto

IUFRO fosters discussions on respective needs and benefits at a number of side events during the XIV World Forestry Congress in September in Durban, South Africa.

Climate change, food and water security, biodiversity conservation, and reliable, clean energy are some of the global challenges society is facing today. All have in common that they are highly interconnected and that they are all related to forests and forest management in some ways. Therefore our sustainable development will highly depend on how we manage and use forests in future and how we include forests in meeting the big challenges ahead.

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