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14th World Forestry Congress (WFC XIV) - Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future

7-11 September 2015 | Durban, South Africa

Highlights for Tuesday, 8 September 2015

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The XIV World Forestry Congress continues for a second day at the
International Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa

On Tuesday morning the Congress reconvened in plenary for a panel discussion on investments that will help build a resilient future, moderated by CBS television journalist Debora Patta. Panelists discussed: the role of forests in improving the resiliency of countries to reduce vulnerability to extreme weather events associated with climate change; the transdisciplinary nature of research and development required to understand complex systems; the need for adaptation in the forestry sector and investments to build resilience; a collective strategy for coordinated action that includes both sustainable production and consumption; and facilitating communication between people and their leaders.

During the second session of the Sub-Thematic Dialogues, in a series of parallel World Café sessions on resilience and forests, participants focused on: the role of fire management; the role of tree genetic resources in maintaining the adaptive potential of forests; different African forest ecosystems management approaches to withstand economic, environmental and social shocks; the costs and negative impacts of the biological trade on the economy, society and the environment; building greater resilience through integrating trees into farming systems; and addressing the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation through appropriate climate change policies and actions, including active community participation.

Other Sub-Thematic Dialogues included panel and interactive discussions on: the role of forests in ensuring future food security and nutrition; investing in sustainable forest and landscape restoration and management for the triple win; how forest-based products can reinforce trends towards sustainable cities, green architecture and healthy living with wood; developments in the national forest inventory and national forest monitoring systems; and the need to foster understanding of sustainable forest management (SFM), promote the benefits that forests bring to society, and build meaningful and constructive dialogues.

In the afternoon, an Africa Day special event focused on the important role of African forests in improving food security and water availability, protecting biodiversity, and in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Panelists discussed, inter alia, successes in improving SFM on the continent, while combating illegal logging, agricultural expansion and rapid population growth. The special event on wood energy for the future explored the outlook for wood energy in households and modern industries. Panelists highlighted the need for framing wood as a modern sustainable energy source and called for increased efforts in developing value chains and innovation.

The International Forests and Water Dialogue was held throughout the day. In the morning, keynote presentations introduced the international forests and water agenda, and the scientific aspects of forest-soil-water relationships, including the impacts of climate change and uncertainty. In the afternoon, several speakers presented recent research on forest-water relationships, followed by a session on ground-level experiences of forest management for water. The first day of the Dialogue concluded with a World Café showcasing examples of forest-water interactions from different countries.

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Plenary Session: Investments that will help build a resilient future

Panelists discuss investments to help build a resilient future

Belete Tafere, Minister for Environment
and Forestry, Ethiopia

Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

Laurence Argimon-Pistre, Head, European Union (EU) Delegation

Mette Løyche Wilkie, Director, Division of Environmental Policy Implementation, UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and Tony Simons, Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

Godwin Kowero, Executive Secretary, African Forest Forum (AFF); Colin Dyer, Director, Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR); and Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary,
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Delegates during plenary

Sub-Thematic Dialogues

Sub-Theme 4: Encouraging product innovation and sustainable trade; bringing wood from sustainable forests to our home and life

Sub-Theme 6: Improving governance by building capacity; connecting forests and people – building capacity to communicate

Sub-Theme 2: Building resilience with forests; forest
management for resilience in Africa

Sub-Theme 1: Forests for socio-economic development and food security; forests for food security and nutrition

Sub-Theme 2: Building resilience with forests; tree genetic
resources for resilience: maintaining adaptive potential

Sub-Theme 2: Building resilience with forests; fire management

Sub-Theme 5: Monitoring forests for better decision-making;
lessons learned from forest monitoring

Sub-Theme 3: Integrating forests and other land uses; investing in
sustainable landscapes for the triple win

International Forest and Water Dialogue: Science and Practice

Delegates ask questions to panel speakers

James Reed, Center for
International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

Marc Palahí, Director,
European Forest Institute (EFI)

Emma Archer van Garderen, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Side events throughout the day

Side event titled 'Innovating forestry education and training: effective learning in the new era' hosted by the Forestry College Deans Meeting Mechanism in the Asia-Pacific Region (FCDMM-APR), Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management
and Rehabilitation (APFNet), and the FAO

Side event titled 'Crossing science boundaries for the benefit of forests and people - IUFRO Directors’ Forum', hosted by
International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and Austrian Research Centre for Forests (ARCF)

Side event titled 'Better outcomes for people and forests: the importance of locally-tailored solutions, long-term commitments
and working in partnership' hosted by BirdLife International (BLI), the International Tropical
Timber Organization (ITTO), and the FAO

Africa Day Special Event: A spotlight on Africa's sustainable forest management challenges, achievements and opportunities

Bukar Tijani, Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for Africa, FAO

Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture,
African Union (AU)

Martin Bwalya, Head of Programme Development Division, NEPAD Planning
and Coordination Agency


Erick Ogallo, Youth Representative, Kijani

Clotilde Mollo Ngomba, Coordinator Congo Basin Forest Fund,
African Development Bank (AfDB)

Special Event: More than heat! Wood energy for the future

Panelists for the special event

Eva Müller, Director, Forest Economics, Policy and Products, FAO

Paula Caballero, Senior Director, Environment and Natural Resources Global
Practice, World Bank

Ralava Bevoarimisa, Minister for Environment, Ecology, Forests
and the Sea, Madagascar

Wanjira Mathai, Director, Wangari Maathai Institute; Tony Simons, Director-General, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF); and
Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Polytechnic University of Valencia

Paulo César Pavan, Fibria; Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA
Innovation and Technology Centre; and David Gibson,
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Around the Venue

South African fire fighters perform a dance in the corridors



South African police working at the venue

South African fire fighters



A drumming session held with delegates







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Funding for Coverage of WFC XIV has been provided by FAO