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XII World Forestry Congress

Québec City, Canada | 21 - 28 September 2003


Congress Highlights for Saturday, 27 September 2003

A morning Plenary Session focused on developing capacities for education and research. Theme Sessions relating to "People and Forests in Harmony" met to address: enterprise partnerships; devolution and decentralization; incentives and financing; science, technology and institutional development; and outlook. Open fora on emerging issues discussed forest conservation and livelihoods, and who decide the future of the forests. An afternoon Plenary Session looked at challenges and perspectives. Above photo (L-R): David Casells, Linda Mossop, Jeffrey Sayer, and Angela Cropper.

Plenary Sessions:

Above photos: Anatoly Petrov (near right), Russian Ministry of Natural Resources, explains the role of research and education for people and forest in harmony on a green planet. Maud Dlomo (far right), Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa, says that forest research could become a platform for sustainable development, integrating ecologic, economic and social needs through education and training.

Challenges and perspectives:

Angela Cropper, The Cropper Foundation, indicates that she was struck by the low threshold of certain UN targets, noting that the global community should eradicate, rather than halve world poverty by 2015. She notes the indivisibility of needs between forests and people.

Jeffrey Sayer, WWF International, explains that even in countries where there are scarce goods, as in the case of low forest cover countries, forests can still be managed successfully.



Linda Mossop, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, says harmonization of people and forests is the key challenge to the forest community.

Theme Sessions:

Devolution and decentralization:

Sushil Kumar, University of Toronto, explains why institutionalized bureaucracies need reform measures that relax their hierarchical rigidity and promote a participatory decision making environment.

Bernard Cassagne, Forest Resources Management, France, explains how forest administrators in the Congo Basin have established a regulatory framework for SFM and monitor, control and adapt to changing conditions in the area, which requires a great deal of financial resources.
Enterprise partnerships:

Stephen Wyatt, Laval University, says that partnerships are possible when partners are flexible and when industry recognize that forest are not only a valuable resource but a source of life.

Incentives and Financing:

Jean-Pierre Dansereau discusses the pertinence of financial public support to forest activities.

Sándor Tóth explains how forest management plans could increase jobs and reduce Japan's reliance on wood imports.
Science, technology and institutional development: 

Jim Ball, Independent Forestry Consultant, argued that foresters and forest scientists have a responsibility to clearly translate their research findings to both the specialist and non-specialist forestry communities.


Jacek Siry, The University of Georgia, said that forest plantations help in attaining SFM by providing
carbon sequestration and enough industrial roundwood necessary for the growing demand.

Sen Wang, Canadian Forest Service, highlighted forests as an indicator in environmental assessment and utilized Kuznets Curve to define the relationship between environmental quality and economic well being.
Open Fora on emerging issues:
Forest conservation and livelihood:

Jose Carlos Carvalho, Secretary of State for Environment and Sustainable Development of Brazil, identifies globalization as a factor intensifying poverty.

"Who decides the future of forests?"

Roger Foteu, Conference of Dense and Humid Forest Ecosystems in Central Africa, explains that ownership rights without control result in open access to forests and stresses the role of state ownership.

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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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