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XII World Forestry Congress

Québec City, Canada | 21 - 28 September 2003

Congress Highlights for Wednesday, 24 September 2003

The morning Special Session heard the results of the Youth and Indigenous Peoples' Forest Forums, and the Plenary Session focused on the rehabilitation of the world's forests. In the morning and afternoon, Ecoregional roundtables discussed characteristics of, and visions and strategies for the future of boreal, temperate, dry tropical, dry subtropical, and subtropical and tropical humid forests.

In the afternoon, open fora addressed participatory management, SFM, climate change and plantations. Side events also convened in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Above photo: The Co-Chairs of the Indigenous Peoples Forestry Forum along with an indigenous youth representative, present the Wendake Plan of Action, calling for the recognition of indigenous peoples' right to self-determination, pictured along with the chair and moderator of the special session.

Linda Mossop, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry,South Africa, summarizing the presentations of the morning plenary.

Jill Bowling, WWF, introducing the participants of the Special Session


Above photos (L-R): Youth representatives with the chair and moderator of the special session; Representatives of the Indigenous Peoples and Youth Fora pictured together after presenting their demands.

Plenary Session: 


Above photos (L-R): Dale Bosworth, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service, described changing perspectives in forest management, from resource extraction to long-term ecosystem health; Gerard Szazar, Linda Mossop, and Jill Bowling presenting Dale Bosworth a painting Aldo Cusan.

Ecoregional Sessions

Dry Tropical Forest: 

Jorge Malleux, WWF Peru, discussed the present condition of dry-tropical forests. He reminded that dry-tropical forests have been a cradle for many civilizations and invited to look at the future of the forests bearing in mind experiences of the past.

Temperate Forests:

Peter Csóka, General Director State Forest Service of Hungary, opens the eco-regional roundtable on temperate forests, lining out some specific challenges for SFM in these areas.

Sub-tropical and tropical humid forests:

Boen Purnama, Ministry of Forestry Indonesia, highlighted direct causes of deforestation in tropical and subtropical humid forest, noting agriculture expansion, overgrazing and fuelwood gathering.

Boreal forests:

Victor Telplyakov, IUCN Russia, argued that boreal forests lack international profile and are threatened by illegal logging, climate change and radioactive contamination.


Open Fora on emerging issues:

Participatory Management:

Gopa Pandey (left), Madhya Pradesh Forestry Department, and Mariteuw Chimere Diaw (right), Center for International Forestry Research, discuss how and to what extent states can be involved in participatory management.

Sustainable forest management:

Luc Bouthillier, University of Laval, advocated partnerships with forest peoples  to ensure social and environmental viability of forest management.

Climate Change:

Ivar Korsbakken, The Norwegian Forest Owners' Federation, calls for policies that favor carbon recycling trough forest management and punish the release of fossil carbon.


Above photo: John Parotta (right) presented the benefits of plantations while Miguel Lovera (left) described the disastrous effects of large scale monoculture plantations.
Forest and People in SIDS:

Angela Cropper presented a series of ideas to help small island developing states (SIDS) implement the Barbados Programme of Action.

Sustainable Forest Management with a Gender Perspective:

L-R: Ulfa Hidayati, The Indonesian Institute for Forest and Environment, RMI, Hesti Wijaya, Consortium of Indonesian Forestry with a Gender Equity Perspective, Abidah Setyowati, Development in Managing Natural Resources, promote gender equity in forest management by highlighting various villages of Indonesian indigenous people .


Development of Wood Energy Systems for Poverty Reduction:

L-R: Miguel Trossero, FAO , Peter Hall, Canadian Forest Services, André Faaij, University of Utrecht and Sibi Bonfils, Institut for Energy and Environment of Francophone Countries (IEPF), discuss the problems of fuel wood management, recommending policy harmonization on the international level.

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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