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XII World Forestry Congress

Québec City, Canada | 21 - 28 September 2003


Congress Highlights for Thursday, 25 September 2003

Throughout the day, XII World Forestry Congress (WFC) delegates participated in technical visits and side events, including events on: knowledge management; community-based forest management; assessing the science of, and defining priorities for, Canada's boreal forest; participation of forest peoples and civil society in national and international forest policy making; Pacific timber versus SFM; the construction of social capital for sustainable development in forest areas; and the Lafarge partnership of forest landscape restoration.

Above and left photos: WFC participants en route to their technical visit.

Side Events:

Canada's Boreal Forest taking Stock, Assessing the Science and Defining Priorities:

Joseph Anawati, Canadian Forest Service, said that boreal forest science offer stakeholders  a productive forum for identifying common ground.

Knowledge Management Workshop:

Albert Simard, Canadian Forest Service, emphasized that success is what you know, not what you own in his presentation on knowledge management in the Canadian Forest Service. Simard noted that 80% of organizational knowledge is unmanaged, and that managed knowledge can develop organizational capacity and support organizational goals, learning and adaptation.
A Global Conversation of Community-based Forest Management:

Above photos: Practitioners discuss lessons learned and future challenges of Community Based Forest Management. Eleanor Torres, Communities Committee of the Seventh American Forest Congress (left), suggests non-traditional partnerships for community involvement and Dennis Morgan (right), Bamfield Huu-ay-aht Community Forest Society, notes that the community is the best actor to establish successful forest management project.

Participation of Forest Peoples and Civil Society in National and International Policy:

Acknowledging the growing sense of frustration with little effects of civil society's involvement in international processes,  participants discuss the ways to move from the formal  "checklist" approach to meaningful participation of civil society and indigenous peoples in international policy-making.
Pacific Rim Timber Trade versus Sustainable Forest Management:

Left photo: Community members, lawyers and activists from Russia, Papua New Guinea, Japan and China commenting on the impact of timber trade on local communities in the Pacific Rim.

Construction of Social Capital for Sustainable Development in Forest Areas :

Luis Astorga, presented on ways to build social capital, which he explained would help alleviate poverty and achieve sustainable development.

WWF-Lafarge Partnership of Forest Landscape Restoration:

Jeff Sayer, WWF International, says that continuous cooperation between the WFF and Lafarge, a world leader in building materials, is a good example of a public-private partnership.

Industry Leadership in SFM:

Wulf Killman, FAO, Carlos Aguiar, Aracruz Celulose S.A., Jagmohan Maini, Former Head of the Secretariat of the UNFF, Thomas Jorling, International Paper, Avrim Lazar, FPAC,  agree that the forest industry is a sustainable enterprise and wood, as a viable resource for the future.

International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO): Launching of the Global Forest Information Service (GFIS) 

Left photo: The Global Forest Information Service (GFIS) was officially launched at the 12th World Forestry Congress in Quebec City, Canada through IUFRO along with its key forestry partners. John Innes, University of British Colombia moderated the event and was attended by (L-R) Michael Kleine, GFIS, David Kaimowitz, CIFOR, Gillian Petrokofsky, CAB International, Jo Cobbinah, Forest Research Institute of Ghana, and Peter Hollinger, FAO. More information on GFIS can be viewed at 

Closing of the WFC Exhibition: 

Left and below photos: Jean-Louis Kérouac giving his closing remarks to the WFC Exhibition and thanked participants and exhibitors for a successful conclusion to the exhibit; participants mingle with exhibitors during the closing cocktails.

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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