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14th World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) - Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future

7-11 September 2015 | Durban, South Africa


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WFC XIV
WFC XIV

Local Durban group Afrosoul performs during the closing ceremony

The last day of the XIV World Forestry Congress commenced with four parallel roundtable sessions during which participants considered the way forward on: forest information; building momentum for community-based forestry, and forest and farm organizations, which included the launch of the FAO-We Effect partnership; the youth; and forest and landscape restoration.

In the discussions on forest information, participants considered, inter alia, advances in forest biophysical data collection, gaps and limitations in socio-economic data collection, the need to account for population growth, urban sprawl, and water in data collection, and the need for synergy between data suppliers and data consumers.

On community-based forestry, forest and farm issues, participants noted that the voice of local communities have been stronger at this Congress than before, and that the issues of how to facilitate communities' access to finance, how to create an enabling environment for participation in the forestry sector and how to build trust between governments, communities, and the private sector need more work.

In the session on youth, delegates recommended for future Congresses: greater youth-initiated panels; training and collaborative sessions; improved accessibility for disadvantaged youth; and enhanced focus on building agency in the youth to take on initiatives in their own countries. Delegates identified that a global mentoring programme should: be strongly associated with cross-sectoral integration; avoid turning mentor-mentee relationships into a silo approach lacking communication across interest areas, and identify how the degree of structure of the programme reflects the cultural associations of where the mentorship takes place.

In the forests and landscape restoration roundtable, participants considered opportunities and challenges, highlighting: the role of research in generating knowledge and providing independent assessments to support decision making; the need for targeted, strategic finance and demonstrating value; existing tools, methods and frameworks; the need for further political support; the importance of tenure, legality and poverty alleviation approaches; and the need to improve coordination and collaboration drawing on linkages and synergies between different actors and sectors.

In the afternoon, during the closing plenary, three outcome documents emerging from the XIV WFC were presented. Messages were delivered from the Congress: to the UN General Assembly Summit for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, emphasizing the multi-functionality of forests and their essential role for the SDGs; and a message on climate change calling for greater attention to forest-dependent communities and the critical role of forests for climate adaptation and mitigation. The XIV WFC Secretary-General read the Durban Declaration, which offers a vision for forests and forestry to contribute to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

During the closing ceremony, FAO’s Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa in concluding remarks, thanked the Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation for their expressions of interest to host the XV World Forestry Congress. The South African government applauded youth involvement and welcomed the Durban Declaration. After a musical performance by local band Afrosoul, a South African primary school performed a play on “ecosystem services and wellbeing - sustaining our needs, not greed.” XIV WFC Secretary-General Trevor Abrahams closed the Congress at 4:34 pm.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage and a summary report from the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) - Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future. Available in ENB Mobile at: http://enb.iisd.mobi/forestry-world-forestry-congress-wfc14/



Roundtable Discussions: The Way Forward


Forest Information


Panelists for the Forest Information Roundtable


Ken MacDicken, Senior
Forestry Officer, FAO

Juma Mgoo, Chief Executive,
Tanzania Forest Service

Fabiola Muñoz Dodero, Executive Director, National Forest and Wildlife Service, Peru


Building momentum for community-based forestry, forest and farm organizations
including launch of FAO-We Effect Partnership


Launch of the FAO-We Effect Partnership


Mia Crawford, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden

Moderator Chun Lai, Independent Consultant



Forest and Landscape Restoration


Panelists for the Forest and Landscape Restoration Roundtable


Eduardo Mansur, Division Director,
Forestry Department, FAO

Kim Yong Kwan, Director, Forest Environment Conservation Division,
Korea Forest Service

Adrie Mukashema, Deputy Director-General, Ministry of Natural
Resources, Rwanda



Youth


Youth participate in breakout sessions


Brian Mpono, South Africa

Unathi Dambile, South Africa



Side events throughout the day


Side event titled 'Cooperation with green consumers toward demand expansion of
sustainable timber products' hosted by the Woodmiles Forum (WMF)


Side event titled 'The implementation of forest tenure' hosted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)


Side event titled 'Cooperating to improve the use of remote sensing as a forest monitoring tool:
The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI)' hosted by the FAO


Closing Plenary


Panelists for the closing plenary


Bheki Cele, Deputy Minister of Agriculture,
Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa

Tiina Vähänen, Associate Secretary-General,
XIV World Forestry Congress 2015


Trevor Abrahams, Secretary-General,
XIV World Forestry Congress 2015

Guy Preston, Deputy Director-General of Environmental Affairs, South Africa

Moshibudi Rampedi, Department of Agriculture, South Africa


Bukar Tijani, Assistant Director-General and
Regional Representative for Africa, FAO

Jabulisile Mbongwa, Durban Councillor, South Africa


Kim Yong Kwan, Director, Forest Environment
Conservation Division, Korea Forest Service

Alexander Panfilov, Deputy Head, Russian Federal Forestry Agency


Closing Ceremony


Children from One Tree, One Child perform an environmental play during the closing ceremony



Bheki Cele, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa, receives a gift of appreciation from Trevor Abrahams, Secretary-General, XIV World Forestry Congress 2015

Trevor Abrahams, Secretary-General, XIV World Forestry Congress 2015 presents Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa, with a gift of appreciation


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ENB team covering the XIV World Forestry Congress: Olivia Freeman; Vijay Kolinjivadi;
Suzi Malan; Laura Russo; Kiara Worth; and Jonathan Manley

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Funding for Coverage of WFC XIV has been provided by FAO