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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

Youth form the initials of the World Forestry Congress during a flash mob event

On Wednesday morning the Congress reconvened in a plenary panel discussion on critical aspects that remain missing in making forestry more sustainable, moderated by Matt Frei, Channel 4 News. Panelists discussed: the need for participatory governance models for forest-dependent communities to both secure their livelihoods and protect the forest; the need to integrate sustainable forest management (SFM) into agricultural intensification to meet food security objectives for a growing population; and the role of governments in recognizing the economic potential of forests while sustaining existing arable land on the African continent. Photographer Stuart Franklin presented award-winning photographs from the Forests and People contest, announcing the winner as Sofía Alvarez Capuñay.

A Wildlife Forum special event was held in three sessions during which panelists and keynote speakers addressed: rights, governance and tenure in wildlife management and whether strengthening communities' roles in wildlife management improves conservation; and cooperation, legislation and innovation in conservation.

During the third session of the Sub-Thematic Dialogues, parallel sessions considered: small and medium forest enterprises as drivers for sustainability, equal benefit-sharing, and investments for forests and people; critical insights into resilience from experiences across the world; perspectives on planted forests; new developments from Buenos Aires to Durban and beyond in sustainable trade; experiences in forest monitoring for better decision making around the world; and connecting local and global governance-building capacity to implement the post-2015 development agenda.

In the afternoon, the fourth and final session of the Sub-Thematic Dialogues focused on: building effective forest and farm producer organizations as primary actors for a sustainable future; the importance of an enabling environment to support resilience; integrating land use practice and policies in urban environments, multi-purpose landscapes, landscape restoration and agroforestry; innovation in energy, financial markets and investments in forest and land; new technologies and approaches for monitoring forest and tree cover; and strengthening public forestry institutions through improved forest governance.

A special event: Youth - Forests for the Future was held in the afternoon, and underscored being committed to understanding the needs of the youth, actively engaging with the youth, and creating forums for their meaningful participation. Impassioned youth speakers called for urgent action, saying the time to act is now.

In the second and last day of the Forests and Water Dialogue, two keynote speakers presented the policy challenges related to the integration of forests and water emphasizing the need to look at these issues in a broad context and to remove misconceptions about forests and water interactions. Breakout groups discussed the establishment of an international forests and water network. In the afternoon, Forests and Water: a five-year action plan was launched, which currently has a project portfolio of US$10 million for research to understand forest-water relationships and for improving water resources through SFM. A closing panel commended the Dialogue as a successful opportunity for knowledge and experience sharing on forests and water issues, and emphasized the importance of coherent, simple science messages and of implementing the action plan through multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral participation.

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/



Plenary Session: Inspiring solutions for a sustainable future


Panelists for the plenary session


Sergio Zelaya, Special Advisor to the Executive Secretary, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and Roberto Waack, Chairman, Brazilian Coalition on Climate, Forests and Agriculture

Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO); Edith Vries, Director-General, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa; and Luther Bois Anukur, Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


Yemi Adeyeye, World Forestry Congress Youth Liaison


International Forests and Water Dialogue: Policy and Way Forward


Official launch of Forests and Water: a five-year action plan


Delegates discuss topics in small groups


Maharaj Muthoo, President, Roman Forum

Lindiwe Lusenga, Deputy Director-
General, Department of Water and
Sanitation, South Africa

Tony Simons, Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)


Wildlife Forum


A local theatre group opens the event with a play about hunting and poaching



Panelists discuss a variety of wildlife-related topics throughout the day


Sub-Thematic Dialogues: Session Three


Sub-Theme 4: Encouraging product innovation and sustainable trade;
new developments from Buenos Aires to Durban and beyond


Sub-Theme 6: Improving governance by building capacity;
connecting local and global governance – building capacity
to implement the post-2015 development agenda

Sub-Theme 2: Building resilience with forests;
critical insights into resilience


Sub-Theme 1: Forests for socio-economic development and
food security; ensuring an enabling economic environment
to enhance multiple social benefits

Sub-Theme 5: Monitoring forests for better decision making; experiences from around the world


Sub-Theme 3: Integrating forests and other land uses; perspectives on planted forests


Special Event: Youth - Forests for the Future


Mphatheleni Makaulule, Founder, Mupo Foundation

Tshilidzi Netshidzivhe, Representative of Tshidzivhe
custodians of Thathe Forest, South Africa


Sekar Ayu Woro Yunita, Founder,
Youth in Forest Actions

Jossio Guillén, Central American Coordinator, Reforestation Initiative

Charles Batte, Founder,
Tree Adoption Uganda


Youth perform a flash mob on the venue grounds


Sub-Thematic Discussions: Session Four


Sub-Theme 6: Improving governance by building capacity; improving forest governance by strengthening public forestry institutions


Sub-Theme 3: Integrating forests and other land uses;
integrated approaches to landscape restoration
and sustainable land management

Sub-Theme 5: Monitoring forests for better decision making;
new technologies and approaches for monitoring forest and tree cover


Sub-Theme 1: Forests for socio-economic development and food security; building effective forest and farm producer organizations: primary actors for a sustainable future

Sub-Theme 2: Building resilience with forests; creating an enabling environment for resilience


Sub-Theme 4: Encouraging product innovation and sustainable trade;
innovation in energy, financial markets and investments in forest and land


Side events throughout the day


Side event titled 'Enhancing agroforestry to increase smallholders’ resilience: the example of the Agroforestry Technical Assistance Facility (ATAF) of the Moringa Fund' hosted by the Moringa Fund (TMF), ONF International (ONFI), Fonds Français pour l'Environnement Mondial (FFEM), French Development Agency FISEA/Proparco (AFD), Common Fund for Commodities (CFC), and African Development Bank (AfDB)


Side event titled 'Building governance capacity for strategic investments in forests, climate change, and livelihoods' hosted by the FAO


Side event titled 'Russian forests: present and future' hosted by the Federal Forestry Agency (FFA)


Around the venue




Winning entry for the World Forestry Congress
Forests and People photo competition

Sofía Alvarez Capuñay, Peru, receives a certificate for her winning photograph from Edith Vries, Director-General, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, South Africa





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Funding for Coverage of WFC XIV has been provided by FAO