IIED and its partners will be at this year's World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, from 7-11 September 2015.
The XIV World Forestry Congress, hosted by South Africa, and the first to take place in the continent, will bring together the global forestry community to review and analyse the key issues and to share ways of addressing them.
The theme for the conference, in Durban, is 'Forests and people: investing in a sustainable future'.
The congress aims to:
- Clarify why it is so important to recognise forests and forestry as an integral part of sustainable development – from local to national and international
- Identify, analyse and raise awareness of the major issues facing the sector, and propose new forms of technical, scientific and policy actions that will result in forests' greater sustainability by linking sound policy to feasible practice
- Serve as a key venue in 2015 for the world's foresters – from decision-makers to local practitioners as well as partners from other sectors – to share their knowledge and latest findings, in a forum that will allow for challenging, constructive and sometimes controversial debate, the exchange of experience and views, and the fostering of collaborative partnerships and networks
- Provide a global showcase for the latest developments and innovations in forests and forestry, using multi-media learning platforms to illustrate their practical applications and linkages, and
- Ensure that critical issues are visibly addressed and that all key stakeholders, including young people, women, indigenous people and local communities, are given a platform where the voice of the constituencies they represent will be heard.
The work of IIED
Members of IIED's Natural Resources Group and their research partners are attending the congress, and will play a key role in a number of events and activities, which are detailed below. We will also have an exhibition stand (G1-G3) where you can see our publications, meet our team and ask questions.
You can keep up to date on developments and the specific timings our experts will be at the stand during the conference by following IIED on Twitter. (Click on each of the images below to expand them)
IIED and partner events
Democratising forest business: investing in successful locally controlled forest business models
Date: Monday, 7 September
Venue: Hall 2AB
Convening organisations: IIED, The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) hosted by FAO, Tropenbos International, Non-Timber Forest Product Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP), African Forest Enterprise Knowledge Network (AFEKON) and Reflorestamos Mexico
This multi-institutional event will showcase democratic locally controlled forest business models that are emerging in many countries to reduce deforestation and improve livelihoods. It will explore what factors underlie their success and how to scale up. Three presenters will illustrate successful business models from three different country contexts. Those cases form part of a compendium of 19 case studies from across the world that will be launched. A short film will then precede a panel discussion led by Forest Connect alliance members (an alliance in support of locally controlled forest farm enterprises that embraces more than 1000 members from 94 countries).
Related reading: Prioritising support for locally controlled forest enterprises | Organisation for locally controlled forest business – learning from success: proceedings of the fourth international Forest Connect workshop
Invest in us: forest smallholders, community forest members and indigenous peoples in Asia
Date: Tuesday, 8 September
Venue: Meeting room 11CDE
Convening organisations: The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC), ASEAN-Swiss Partnership on Social Forestry and Climate Change (ASFCC), Community-based Forestry Supporter's Network Nepal (COFSUN), The Center for Sustainable Development in Mountainous Areas (CSDM), The Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN), Forest and Farm, Facility (FFF), Global Alliance of Community Forestry (GACF), Himalayanan Grassroots Women's Natural Resource Management Association (HIMAWANTI) IIED, NTFP-EP, Pan European Forest Council (PEFC), The Nature Conservancy and Rights and Resources Initiative (TBC)
Representatives including community forest members, smallholders and indigenous peoples from Asia and the Pacific region will present messages and calls to action on how to ensure that they are allowed to manage their forests in a sustainable manner.
The presentation will be developed through a participatory process before the congress that includes a regional forum in Bangkok in July. It will be developed together with an internationally acclaimed Thai multimedia performance artist, using photography, video, stage props and music to emphasise the legitimacy and urgency of the issues being conveyed. There will also be a Q&A with a panel including the rights-holder representatives and community forestry experts from the region.
Related reading: Investing in local communities for sustainable forests
Landscapes and livelihoods: forest and farm producer organisations sharing their stories
Date: Tuesday, 8 September
Venue: Hall 2C
Convening organisations: Tropenbos International, European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN), International Family Forestry Alliance (IFFA) Forest and Farm Facility (FFF), IIED, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and The Center for People and Forests (RECOFTC)
This side event will allow forest and farm producer organisations (FFPOs) to share how they have become stronger, and what lessons we can learn regarding the challenges, successes, initiatives, policies and strategies that have helped them more effective. It is of specific importance for those engaged in establishing, managing and supporting FFPOs, but will also interest others working in rural development. More than 12 of the 30 organisations contributing to ETFRN News 57 are already known to be attending the congress, and will participate. The best of the 30 stories in ETFRN News will be told by the FFPOs themselves, and the rest will be shared through personal interactions, slide shows and other media.
Related reading: ETFRN News 56: towards productive landscapes (ETFRN News 57 due in August)
Developing benefit-sharing arrangements for REDD+
This event will bring together approaches to benefit sharing that are implemented in several initiatives aimed at addressing drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It draws from work in Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Tanzania to highlight factors that underpin effective benefit sharing mechanisms.
In particular, we consider how property rights/tenure and the actors engaged in REDD+ interventions (private sector or NGOs) influence the distribution of benefits and functioning of benefit mechanisms. We will also look at the roles and incentives of external agents (primarily private actors) in supporting benefit sharing arrangements. The gender dimensions of benefits sharing mechanisms are also addressed. In addition, we will offer a framework to assist countries in identifying and advancing the establishment and refinement of suitable benefit sharing mechanisms based on their country context.
China in Africa's forests – finding a green path to prosperity?
Date: Wednesday, 9 September
Venue: Hall 2C
Convening organisations: IIED, World Wide Fund for Nature International (WWF), Chinese Academy of Forestry (CAF), Reseau Ressources Naturelles (RRN), Advocates Coalition for Environment and Development (ACODE) and Centre for Environment and Development (CED)
The China-Africa Forest Governance Learning Platform is a partnership initiative, launched in 2013, aiming for more sustainable Chinese investment in Africa. The event will report on the findings of a event held in Cameroon in June and aims to identify: 1) status, trends, issues and impacts of China-linked enterprises and trade in the forest sector, agribusiness, infrastructure and mining in Mozambique, Cameroon, DRC, Uganda and others; 2) effective policy, investment frameworks, guidelines and cooperation initiatives influencing Chinese-linked investment in forestry, timber trade and other land uses; and 3) major challenges and ways forward for improving the sustainability and productivity of Chinese investments in African land use. The moderated panel discussion will include speakers from NGOs, government and private sector agencies in both China and Africa.
Related reading: The dragon and the giraffe: China in African forests (French | Chinese)
Launching of the 'Regional report on the role of forests in a green economy transformation in Africa'
This event will launch the 'Regional report on the role of forests in a green economy transformation in Africa'. Working in close cooperation with IIIED, UNEP, through the UN REDD Programme, has conducted comprehensive research that: 1) looks at the economic rationale for linking REDD+ and forest management and utilisation to a broader transition to a green economy from the perspective of Africa's sustainable development priorities; 2) draws examples and trends on forest management and utilisation in a green economy; 3) identifies the challenges and opportunities for achieving these benefits at national/regional level; and 4) builds scenarios on the demand and supply trends in the region and management options. This provides the basis for a wider dialogue and outreach in the Africa region, linking forests investments such as REDD+ with poverty alleviation and national development efforts.