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XII World Forestry Congress

Québec City, Canada | 21 - 28 September 2003


Congress Highlights for Monday, 22 September 2003

General Session: Perspective of interested parties

On Monday 22 September, during the WFC Programme Opening, perspectives were heard from representatives of the forest community, forest workers, indigenous peoples, the forest industry, private forest owners, environmental NGOs, forestry research organizations and youth, among others. In the afternoon, Theme Sessions A (Forests for People) and B (Forests for the Planet) convened, addressing such issues as forests and human needs, valuation of forest resources and products, the state of forests and assessment techniques, and maintenance of biodiversity. Side events also took place in the afternoon and the evening. Above photo: Jagmohan Maini moderating the morning general session.


Jagmohan Maini (left), former Head of the UNFF Secretariat, said that forests are not wood factories, forest-rich and forest-poor regions face different realities, causes of deforestation lie outside the forest sector, solutions to deforestation and forest degradation are cross-sectoral, and forest benefits extend beyond forest borders.

Natalie Hufnagl, Confederation of European Forest Owners, said that forests are multifunctional and stressed that they are the objects, not the subjects, of rights.  

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Yolande Kakabadse, World Conservation Union and the Foundation for the Future of Latin America, stressed that the views of indigenous peoples' and youth must be better incorporated into forest decision-making.

Risto Seppälä, International Union of Forest Research Organization (IUFRO) stated the need for scientists to proactively participate in forestry management research.

Catalina Santamaria, United Nations Forum on Forests highlighted the value of youth involvement in developing Forestry Policy.


Left photo: Marc Ledoux (Canada), Yvan Hardy (Canada) and Hosny El-Lakany (FAO) during the morning general session.


Yvan Hardy, Natural Resources Canada, questioned the present paradigm of compartmentalized forest management and its connection to pest and recent wildfires in British Columbia.

Marc Ledoux, Assistant Deputy Minister of Forestry for Quebec, listed key challenges including economic, environmental and social demands, co-existence with Aboriginal peoples, public participation and transparency.

Hosny El-Lakany, Food and Agriculture Organization, emphasized the need for increased cooperation and coordination among international processes and agencies, and said that giving forests a higher profile on the international agenda will require a sustained commitment at the highest political level.

Above photo: Speakers of the morning session were each given a painting by Aldo Cusan entitled "La forêt source de vie". First row (L-R): Jagmohan Maini, Narayan Kaji Shresta (Nepal), Jean Jacques Landrot (IFIA),Hosny El-Lakany (FAO), Yvan Hardy (Canada), William Street (IFBWW), Risto Seppälä (IUFRO) Second Row (L-R): Marc Ledoux (Canada), Catalina Santamaria (UNFF), Yolanda Kakabadse (IUCN), and Nathalie Hufnagl (CEPF)

Péter Csóka (right), State Forest Service, Hungary, moderated the afternoons General and Plenary Sessions.

Theme Session: Maintenance of biodiversity

Armand Natta, University of Wageningen, presents a project for the conservation of riparian forest biodiversity in Benin.

Side Events:

Sierra Club of Canada: Primary Forests and Carbon Sequestration 

Left photo (R-L): Neil Bird, Woodrising consulting, and Martin von Mirbach, Sierra Club of Canada, presented a study on primary forests and carbon sequestration at a side event of the Sierra Club of Canada.



Greenpeace and World Resources Institute: 
The Last Large Intact Areas: Mapping a Future for the World's Ancient Forests

Christoph Thies (right), Greenpeace International, explains that  Greenpeace is lobbying for a regional moratorium on intact forests to allow a time window multistakeholder discussions on the future of these forests.

Tropical Secondary Forests in Latin America, Asia and Africa: Status, experiences and challenges 

Participants at the 'Tropical Secondary Forests in Latin America, Asia and Africa' event moderated by David Garrity, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), discussed the status, initiatives, and recent workshop activities on tropical secondary forests. Panelists (from left to right): Froylán Castañeda (FAO), Herman Savenije (EC-LNV), David Garrity (ICRAF), Eva Müller (ITTO), Cesar Sabogal (CIFOR) and Freddy Kwesiga (ICRAF).


Bradley Walters (left), Mount Allison University, responds to panelist discussions on tropical secondary forest by explaining why the value of primary forests should not be ignored.
ITTO: Sustainable Forest Management in the Tropics: 

Manoel Sobral Filho, Executive Director ITTO, opened the session asking participants how the envisioned forest management in the tropics

In his documentation of ITTO's history, Changing Landscapes, author and keynote speaker Duncan Poore, reported that it is uncertain to what extent tropical forests are sustainably managed.

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Honourable Partners for the XII World Forestry Congress:

Canada Government - Natural Resources Canada.
Gouvernement du Québec – Ministère des Ressources naturelles, de la Faune et des Parcs.
FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).

World Forestry Congress.
Forest Products Association of Canada.
Sustainable Development's coverage of the XI World Forestry Congress.
Linkages forests, desertification and land issues page, including a brief introduction to global forest policy.

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