World Forestry Congress 2015

Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future

7 - 11 September 2015, Durban, South Africa

The XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban (Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future) will be the first held on African soil – and the last before the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals.

Scientists and representatives from CIFOR will participate in a number of side events, sharing the latest research to inform and complement the congress themes: socio-economic development, resilience, integrated land uses, product innovation, forest monitoring, and improved governance.

See below for more information, including dates, times and topics of CIFOR side events in Durban.


7 September 2015

12:45 – 14:15

Mystrals Lower, Exhibition Centre

Forêts et changement climatique en Afrique Centrale

From flood control to climate regulation to carbon storage, the forests of the Congo Basin provide ecosystem services at local,

Organizers: COMIFAC, CIFOR

Presenting: Belmond Tchoumba, WWFC, Richard Eba’a Atyi, CIFOR, Herve Maidou, COMIFAC/PREREDD, André Kondjo Shoko, JICA/DIAF

Uneven-aged silviculture in tropical forests: Barriers, opportunities and challenges

With half of the world’s tropical forests already disturbed by human activities, future biodiversity and conservation efforts will necessarily involve

Constraints and opportunities for novel evaluation approaches of forest-based interventions and policies: learning from the past

Finding ways to minimize policy failures related to forests and their contribution to sustainable development requires a sound analysis of

Gender in forest, agroforestry and tree value chains: Examining interventions and impacts

As the critical link between gender and forest- and tree-based livelihoods gains recognition, several recent interventions have focused on gender

Quel rôle pour les concessions dans la gestion durable des forêts tropicales? Bilan des expériences africaines, amazoniennes et asiatiques

In many countries, forest concessions have long been a central element in maintaining the forestry sector’s contribution to national economic

Sustainable forest landscapes

Forestry has long been seen as a niche sector that can be managed in isolation. However, it has become clear

The role of fast-growing trees in rural development

Fast-growing trees are important source of timber in domestic markets such products as wood pulp, construction materials, plywood, and furniture.

8 September 2015

Making forest environmental services count: towards a better understanding of their responsible governance

There is growing interest in the economic benefits of healthy forest ecosystems, and the creation of mechanisms to offer additional opportunities for financing

China’s Conversion of Cropland to Forests Program: environmental & socioeconomic impacts of world’s largest afforestation-based eco-compensation scheme

China’s Conversion of Cropland to Forests Program was launched in 1998 as a response to devastating floods. After an investment

Plantations for sustainable productive landscapes

This event provides an opportunity for three organizations to share their work concerning timber plantations within sustainable productive landscapes. The

Promotion de la gouvernance forestière en Afrique Centrale

Countries in Central Africa have established a treaty for conservation and forest management, as well as a regional convergence plan,

Vibrant and thriving social forestry in Southeast Asia for investing in a sustainable future

Although non-timber forest products represent a significant portion of income for nearly one billion people, economic interests from mining to

9 September 2015

Developing benefit-sharing arrangements for REDD+

This side event draws on work in Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Tanzania to present

Forest landscape governance: what it is, what we know, what we still need to learn

The recent groundswell of interest in “landscape approaches” it demonstrates a deliberate rejection of conventional “siloed” approaches in favor of

Governance and institutional set up for implementing forest and landscape restoration

Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) is designed to restore degraded areas to healthy and productive multi-purpose landscapes that promote human

Les forêts pour la sécurité alimentaire et la nutrition en Afrique Centrale

The forests of the Congo Basin provide non-timber forest products, including bushmeat, for some 30 million people in 150 ethnic

Toward a roadmap for sustainable landscape investments at scale: Inputs from forestry science

The capital is ready. The project ideas are there. It’s time to scale up. In this interactive side event, we

Using evidence-based engagement and communications to inform global forestry policies and practice

Knowledge generated by forestry research organizations has the potential to make a real, lasting and positive impact on the world.

10 September 2015

Gender matters in forestry – challenges and opportunities

A growing body of research highlights the significance of gender in forestry, from divisions of labor to differences in forest

FAST framework to facilitate access to finance for FSC certified SMEs – sharing experience

This event highlights FAST products and services to facilitate FSC certified SMEs to access finance. One of the key messages

Official – trees are good for you: the magic of measurement

With one in four children still affected by malnutrition, the CGIAR Research Program on Forest, Trees and Agroforestry has launched

Policy dialogue on social forestry in Southeast Asia: investing in a sustainable future for people and forests in ASEAN

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) seeks to promote economic growth, social progress and cultural development. This dialogue will

11 September 2015

Improving data on socioeconomic benefits of forests

This session is an opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen the collection (and use of) data on socioeconomic benefits of

Improving governance by building capacity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is rich in tropical forest and biodiversity. But periods of political turbulence have adversely affected

The implementation of forest tenure reforms: What works, what doesn’t and how can implementation be strengthened?

Between large-scale agriculture, biofuel expansion and REDD+-oriented programs, the pressure to get land tenure right has never been greater. This

Building a robust evidence base for integrated landscape management

This event brings together academics, policy-makers and the voluntary sector around their shared interest in improving decision-making for landscape management.

Session 1. Building enabling policy environments for communities & forest – farm producers

Across the world, communities and small forest holders depend on and manage a large and growing part of the forest

Session 2. Forests for food security and nutrition

With the pressures facing agricultural expansion, forests play a vital role in ensuring future food security. For people living in

Session 3. Experiences from around the world

This session presents a selection of voluntary papers based on national or sub-national experience and case studies, followed by a

Session 3. Breakout A: Small & medium forest enterprises as drivers for sustainability

Small and medium forest enterprises (SMFEs) contribute to improve local livelihoods, while conserving the natural resource base. Although most of

Session 4. Dialogue breakout C: Integrated approaches to landscape restoration and sustainable land management

This session will discuss integrated approaches to landscape restoration and sustainable land management. Drawing on examples from different regions of

Session 4 Dialogue breakout D: Role of agroforestry and trees outside forests in integrated land use

This session will discuss the role of agroforestry and trees outside forests for the achievement of various objectives of landscape

Forest and people: investing in a sustainable future

This opening plenary brings together leading scientists, policymakers and activists within the forestry world to discuss finance for a sustainable future.

Science and Practice at the World Cafe

This dialogue will focus on the links between water and forests including trade-offs and synergies between water yield and other

Day One

The Third Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance is a two-day event focusing on issues related to finance for

More than heat! Wood energy for the future

Wood is an importance source of energy in developing countries, where it is often the only energy source for poor people in

Can strengthening communities’ roles in wildlife management help conservation?

The one-day Wildlife Forum will address challenges and opportunities in sustainable wildlife management, showcasing the experiences of countries, organizations, indigenous

Bushmeat – biting the hand that feeds

In tropical areas worldwide, the meat of wild animals (wildmeat) has long been a part of the staple diet of