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XII World Forestry Congress

Québec City, Canada | 21 - 28 September 2003


Congress Highlights for Tuesday, 23 September 2003

Plenary Sessions: 

On Tuesday morning, the Plenary Session focused on improving people's living conditions. Morning and afternoon Theme Sessions addressed a variety of issues related to "Forests for People" and "Forests for the Planet," including: the acquisition and sharing of knowledge; efficient use and processing of resources; underlying causes of forest degradation and deforestation; climate change; management of forest resources and ecosystems; and urban forestry. Side events also convened in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Above photo: Henson Moore accepting the painting by Aldo Cuson from Boen Purnama, WFC Vice-President. 

Henson Moore, International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, recommends that sustainable commercial activities related to forests become an important part of the solution to forest problems.

Liz Alden Wily presented the way to bridge the gap between the need of communities and the conservation of forests.



Above photos: (L-R) Liz Alden Wily entertaining questions from participants, being presented a painting by Aldo Cusan 


Theme Sessions: 
Acquisition and sharing of knowledge

Speakers at the morning session, 'Acquisition and Sharing of Knowledge' emphasize the need to use common sense approaches to acquire and disseminate knowledge. Alice Kaudia (right) notes that knowledge sharing should not be discussed in academic papers alone, and must be a reality on the ground. Marilyn Hoskins (left) makes that point that compatible goals are key to ensuring success in community  forestry.

Underlying causes of forest degradation and deforestation:

Simon Lovera, Friends of the Earth, argued that tree plantations and subsidized, export-oriented agriculture are significant contributors to deforestation.

Above photo: Panel on the theme session on underlying causes of forest degradation and deforestation, (L-R) Jose Carlos Calvalho, Jean Paul Lanly, Simone Lovera, Mati Palo, J.B. Veiga, Leyla Montenegro Calderón and Jean Marc Roda

Matti Palo, Finnish Forest Research Institute, provided a data-rich paper on the relationship between population and economic growth and deforestation.

Climate change

Haripriya Gundimeda, London School of Economics and Political Science, described land use change and forestry projects in India.


Werner Kurz, Natural Resources Canada, presented Canada's national forest sector carbon accounting system as a tool to support scientific assessment and policy making.

Management of forest resources and ecosystems:

Hamish Kimmins, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, argued that forests should be managed for their complexity, not simply for single values.

Urban forestry, trees outside forests:

Bruno Locatelli, Center for Agricultural Research in Developing Countries (CIRAD), suggests refinements on the concept of non-forest woodlands.

Side Events:

Canadian Federation of Woodlot owners:

Peter Sanders, Canadian Federation of Woodlot Owners, speaks at the 4th International Conference on Private Forests on urban/rural land use conflicts.

Growing a Community Forest Movement: Branching Out, Deeply Rooted

Marilyn Hoskins (standing), IFNC, asks participants if they are more interested in an informal group  or structured format to exchange information .

Forest Landscape Restoration: Building Livelihoods and Assets for People and Nature


Carole Saint-Laurent, Global Partnership on FLR, explains that the activities of the partnership will include, inter alia, exchange of information and lessons learned on FLR, analysis of its contribution to the implementation of the existing laws and agreements, and the promotion of an FLR investment portfolio.


Forests and Fire in Harmony:

The Nature Conservancy and the US Department of Agriculture's Forest Service co-hosts the side event on forests and fire in harmony, where presentations were made on the involvement of communities in fire prevention and forest management.

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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