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XIII World Forestry Congress (WFC 2009)

18-23 October 2009 | Buenos Aires, Argentina
WFC 2009
Highlights for Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Participants met in a morning plenary session on human development in harmony with forests, followed by eight parallel sessions and a poster session. One of the many side events of the day was a four-hour presentation of the FAO's initiative on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). The afternoon was dominated by a forum on forests and climate change which focused primarily on land-use change and REDD.
Jan Heino, Chair, Assistant Director-General Forestry Department, FAO, urged participants to review and comment on the draft message of WFC-XIII to the UNFCCC meeting in Copenhagen.
Daily Highlights

Saturday, 17 October - Sunday, 18 OctoberMonday, 19 October - Tuesday, 20 October - Wednesday, 21 October - Thursday, 22 October - Friday, 23 October


Elizabeth de Carvalhaes, President, Brazilian Pulp and Paper Association (BRACELPA), talked about the forest industry's contribution to climate change mitigation.

Amha Bin Buang, Assistant Director of Economic Information and Market Intelligence of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

Frances Seymour, Director-General, Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Teresa Presas, President, International Council of Forest and Paper (ICF&PA)


1.1 State of the forests and assessment techniques
Sung-Ho Kim, Korean Forest Research Institute, outlined Korea’s national forest inventory efforts.

Rebecca Tavani, FAO, outlined FAO’s National Forest Monitoring and Assessment (NFMA) programme.

Christoph Kleinn, Georg-August-University, German and, Mohamed Saket, FAO

Alexander Christian, University of Santa Caterina, Blumenau, Brazil

2.6 Forest utilization practices
César Sabogal, CIATT Iniciativa Amazónica, Brazil
Víctor Gerding, Universidad de Chile, Alejandro González, EUFORES, Uruguay, and César Polanco, Universidad Distrital de Bogotá, Colombia
5.1 Sustainability and economic viability

Jonas Kamugisha Ruhombe, Global Mechanism

Peter Gondo, Southern Alliance for Indigenous Resources, Zimbabwe

James Stevens, International Woodlands Company, Denmark


Keynote address. Forestry in post-2012 negotiations: Where do we stand?

Roberto Acosta, UNFCCC Secretariat

Franca Braun, World Bank

Climate change impacts on forests and people: challenges and action required

Jaime Gonzalez Humpire, Coordinator of the Indigenous Sub-national REDD Programme in Bolivian Amazonia

Andrea Tuttle, Pacific Forest Trust, Avrim Lazar President of the Forest Products Association of Canada,Tim Rollinson, Moderator, Director-General, Forestry Commission of the United Kingdom and, Risto Seppälä, Professor at the Finnish Forest Institute

Risto Seppälä, Finland

Avrim Lazar, Canada

Andrea Tuttle, Pacific Forest Trust

REDD financial and methodological challenges and opportunities for countries

Tiina Vahanen, UN REDD Secretariat

Nazareno Castillo, Moderator, Director for Climate Change of the Secretariat for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina

Thaís Linhares Juvenal, Director of the Brazilian Forest Agency

REDD initiatives for early action

Trond Gabrielsen, Norway

Peter Saile, German Agency for Technical
Cooperation (GTZ)

Gerhard Dieterle, World Bank

Side Event: GIAHS

Lucrecia Santinoni, Ministry of Agriculture, Argentina

M. S. Swaminathan, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) , India and, Maharaj Muthoo, Roman Forum, Italy




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