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XII World Forestry Congress

Québec City, Canada | 21 - 28 September 2003


Congress Highlights for Friday, 26 September 2003

A Special Session convened in the morning to present the results of side events, while a General Session presented conclusions and recommendations of Theme Sessions A, "Forests for People," and B "Forests for the Planet," and the Ecoregional Sessions. The Plenary Session focused on implementing policies and provided an introduction to Theme Session C, "People and Forests in Harmony." In  the afternoon Theme Session C convened to address: participatory decision-making and management; forest management partnerships; forest policy and administration; cross-sectoral policies and interactions; professional development and education; and implementation of international commitments. Above photo: Hosny El-Lakany, FAO, Jean-Louis Kérouac, Secretary General of the 12th WFC, Sam Hamad, 12th WFC Co-President.

Plenary Sessions:

Above photos: Neil Byron (right), Australia, uses a medical metaphor to the describe the ill state of world forest and the treatment it requires. Peter de Marsh (left), described the successes of family forests owners.

Jacques Carette, Canada, reports on Monday's meeting of the members of the Montreal Process.
Introduction to Area C People and Forest in Harmony:

John Weaver, Abitibi Consolidated, explains how partnerships between the government and pro-active forest businesses achieved SFM.


Special Session: Presentation of the Results of the Side Events

Jean-Louis Kérouac, Secretary General of the 12th WFC, (far left) presented the draft summary of the thematic area "Forests for People."

Hosny El-Lakany, FAO, introduces the reports of the thematic sessions, noting that they were updated according to the Forest Policy Committee's recommendations.

Sam Hamad, 12th WFC Co-President, formally opened the General session and thanked the Technical Secretariat for their hard work. 

Theme Sessions:

Participatory decision-making and management: 

Above photos: Peggy Smith (left), Lakehead University, said that the FSC Canadian boreal standard gives companies clear direction regarding their relations with indigenous peoples. Gopa Pandey (right), Madya Pradesh Forest Department, underscored the importance of reconstituting the symbiosis between people and forests.

Forest policy and administration:

Panelists in the Forest Policy and Administration theme session from left to right: Nelson Thiffault, Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources, Wildlife and Parks; Juan Carlos Collarte, Principal Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Regional Model Forest Network, Chile; Christian Barthod, Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development, France; Jeimar Tapasco, Colombian National University; Karel Vancura, Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic; José María Solano López, Ministry of Environment, Spain; Cleto Ndikumagenge, IUCN.

Cleto Ndikumagenge, IUCN, indicates that forest management objectives differ in terms of geographical coverage, policy goals and patterns of governance in Central African countries. He notes that this variance leads to incoherence in Central African forest management.

Juan Carlos Collarte, Principal Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Regional Model Forest Network, Chile, explains that model forests are an experiment of social engineering and an expression of collective intent.
Cross-sectoral policies and interactions:

Shashi Kant, University of Toronto, describing emerging forest property rights and how they change the focus from looking at forests as revenue sources, to the social dimension of forest landscapes.

Implementation of international commitments:

Mike Apsey, Canadian Forest Service, describes the innovative elements of Canada's National Forest Strategy and calls for the creation of a holistic international convention on forests to support information exchange and technical assistance.

Side Event:

Gregor Wolf, The World Bank, answers the questions regarding the support programme to the Amazon region and current World Bank's policies

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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