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First Regional IUFRO-FORNESSA Congress / ITTO-AFF Forest Policy Day
Highlights for Tuesday, 26 June 2012
The First IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress opened on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Organized by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and the Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA), with support from a number of donor organizations and institutions, the Congress focuses on the theme, “Forests and Trees: Serving the People of Africa and the World.”

The Congress opened on Tuesday morning with an opening ceremony featuring a performance by the Kenya Forest Service choir. Participants then heard welcome remarks from: Ben Chikamai, Director, Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI); Victor Agyeman, FORNESSA Chairman; Tony Simons, ICRAF Director General; Niels Elers Koch, IUFRO President; and Noah Wekesa, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Kenya. Subsequently, Tony Simons addressed participants on landscape approaches to future forest and tree resources management.

In the afternoon and evening, participants gathered in breakout technical sessions on: climate change; agroforestry; forest health; forest plantations development; forest products industry and trade; forest hydrology and ecosystem services; REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable use of forests and enhancement of carbon stocks) and restoration activities in Africa; the Meliaceae working group; community-based resource management; and multipurpose forest tree species management.

Tuesday concluded with a welcome reception for participants, hosted by ICRAF.
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Opening Ceremony and Plenary Session
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The Kenya Forest Service choir entertains participants with lively local music.
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Niels Elers Koch, IUFRO President, highlighted that the Congress aims to provide an opportunity for African forest scientists to help forge the way forward in forest management.
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Noah Wekesa, Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Kenya, underlined that “without research, there can be no development.”
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Tony Simons, ICRAF Director General, noted the significance of holding the IUFRO-FORNESSA Congress in Africa, highlighting it is a continent facing significant forest and land degradation challenges.
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Ben Chikamai, KEFRI Director, opened the Congress and welcomed participants and dignitaries.
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Victor Agyeman, FORNESSA Chairman, urged participants to cooperate in building FORNESSA as a vibrant network.
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Participants during the lunch break.
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Overview of the Conference Hall during the Plenary Session.
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Participants dance with the Kenya Forest Service choir.
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Participants dance with the Kenya Forest Service choir.
Overview on Climate Change
Markku Kanninen, Vikki Tropical Resources Institute, Finland
Ernest Foli, Ghana
Gabriel Akinyemi, Nigeria
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Anne-Marie Tiani, Cameroon
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Steve Makunga, Malawi
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Participants listening to speakers during the technical session on climate change.

Agroforestry: Science, Policy and Practice
August Temu, Kenya
Samson Gwali, Uganda
Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo, Benin
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Nathalie Ewane Nonga, Cameroon
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Björn Hånell, Sweden
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New Frontiers in Forest Health
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Jolanda Roux, South Africa
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Cosmas Abengmeneng, Ghana
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Bernard Slippers, South Africa
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Tom Ramsfield, Canada
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Strategies for Forest Plantations Development
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Gisèle Sinasson, Benin
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Mike Wingfield, South Africa
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Mahamane Larwanou, Niger

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Shalom Addo-Danso, Ghana
Forest Products Industry and Trade
John Innes, University of British Columbia, Canada
Joshua Cheboiwo, Kenya
George Muthike, Kenya
Forest hydrology and Ecosystem Services
Jean-Michel Carnus, National Institute for Agricultural Research, France
Jefferson Hall, Panama
Bilassé Zongo, Burkina Faso
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REDD+ and Restoration Activities in Africa
John Stanturf, USA
Dominic Blay, Ghana
Abdon Awono, Cameroon
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Meliaceae Working Group
Sheila Ward, USA
Bernd Degen, Germany
Emmanuel Opuni-Frimpong, Ghana
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Community-Based Resource Management
Richard Guldin, US Forest Service
Josephine Musyoki, Kenya
Thomas Insaidoo, Ghana
Multipurpose Forest Tree Species Management
Royd Vinya, Zambia
Luke Jimu, Zimbabwe
Gerard Gouwakinnou, Benin
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