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First Regional IUFRO-FORNESSA Congress / ITTO-AFF Forest Policy Day
Highlights for Wednesday, 27 June 2012
On Wednesday morning, participants continued discussions in breakout technical sessions. During the session on national scale monitoring systems, participants heard presentations about various monitoring systems, including both traditional and new systems, such as the measuring, reporting and verification (MRV) tool for carbon management of forests, allometric equations for measuring carbon, functional branch analysis, and models for simulating large-scale changes in plantation forests.

In the session on invasive alien species, participants heard presentations on: the distribution, impacts and control strategies in Ghana of Broussonetia papyrifera, the deciduous Paper Mulberry tree, which when introduced to non-native areas, can become invasive and disrupt the natural habitat; the threat of Castilla elastic, the non-native Panama Rubber Tree, to the lowland tropical rainforest of Tanzania; options for managing the winter bronze bug in Africa; the rescue of timber forests in Cameroon from Chromolaena odorata, commonly known as Siam weed; the structure and composition of the riparian forest in the University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria; and the effects of Prosopis litter on the occurrence of Acacia in Northern Kenya.

Discussions during the session on on-farm trees in traditional land use systems in tropical Africa, focused on multiple use resource management in the context of woodlands and the ethnobotany of Shea tree conservation and harvesting.

During the session on forests, trees and livelihoods, presentations were made on: tree planting strategies in Ethiopia’s highlands; economic contributions by forests to Senegal’s national income; the ecological and socio-economic importance of a drought-resistant Balanites aegyptiaca (desert date) species in Niger’s Tahoua region; improved harvesting strategies of Eru tree species in Cameroon; and accounting the value of forest ecosystem services.

The technical sessions were followed by a presentation in plenary, by Emmanuel Chidumayo, African Forest Forum (AFF), who addressed participants on forest conservation in the light of climate change.
Wednesday concluded with a field trip to the Karura Forest Reserve.
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Plenary Session
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Emmanuel Chidumayo, adressing the audience.

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Godwin Kowero, Executive Secretary, African Forest Forum
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Emmanuel Chidumayo, African Forest Forum
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Charity Munyasya, Kenya Forest Service
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Participants during the tea break.
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Participants during the tea break.
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Participants networking during a break from the presentations.
Building National Scale Monitoring Systems for Detecting Changes in Forested and Tree Landscapes in Africa
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Shem Kuyah, ICRAF
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Vincent Oeba, Kenya
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David Skole, USA
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David MacFarlane, USA
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Participants listening to speakers.

Invasive Alien Species: Economic and Environmental Impacts
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Panelists address questions on alien invasive species.
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Gabriel Muturi, Kenya
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John Richard, Tanzania
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Clement Chilima, Malawi
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Eston Mutitu, Kenya
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On-farm Trees in Traditional Land Use Systems in Tropical Africa: Between Traditional Practices and New Challenges
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John Parrotta, IUFRO
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Coert Geldenhuys, South Africa
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Samson Gwali, Uganda
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A participant contributing to the discussions.
Forest, trees and livelihoods
Tuija Sievänen, Finland
Mahamane Larwanou, Niger
Dieunedort Njankoua Wandji, Senegal
Meliaceae Working Group
Sheila Ward, USA
Richard Fremlin, Australia
Kperkouma Wala, Togo
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