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First Regional IUFRO-FORNESSA Congress / ITTO-AFF Forest Policy Day
Highlights for Thursday, 28 June 2012
The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)/African Forest Forum (AFF) Forest Policy Day was held on Thursday. Held in conjunction with the IUFRO-FORNESSA Regional Congress, the Forest Policy Day was held on the theme “the policy-science interface for sustainable forest management in Africa.”

Keynote addresses were given on: the influence of academic and research institutions on African forestry; factors that shape forest management in Africa; and the generation and communication of science information to support forestry policy and decision-making. In the afternoon, discussions continued on policies and governance in the African forestry sector, as well as on the food-fiber-fuel nexus in Africa. The Forest Policy Day concluded with the launch of two books that aim to inform forestry policymakers, titled “World Atlas of Mangroves” and “Climate Change and African Forest And Wildlife Resources.”

In addition, the Congress continued discussions in technical breakout sessions. In the session on sustainable development of non-wood forest products for rural livelihood and forest conservation on Thursday morning, participants explored treatment technologies that can increase the service life of products. They discussed implications for reducing pressure on timber species and thus supporting the sustainable management and conservation of forests.

During the session on education, training and capacity building on Thursday morning, participants focused on how to improve forestry education in Africa. They heard presentations on: the reality, challenges and opportunities of forestry education and research; the dynamics of tertiary forestry education; unlocking the potentials of plant resources; fostering the research agenda on plant resources; and enhancing capacity to manage forest genetic resources.

On Thursday afternoon, participants gathered in a technical session on “silvicultural systems: effect of logging on forest regrowth.” In this session, speakers presented the results of a variety of studies, including on: vegetation carbon stock recovery after selective logging; tree community recovery after anthropogenic disturbances; effect of stand regime on the population structure of two plant species; effect of logging on forest regeneration and on forest canopy change; and natural regeneration of timber species following selective logging.

Discussions during the session on assessment of forest resources of conservation value focused on the value, use, and management of non-timber forest resources such as resins, gums, and fungi. They also discussed the value of trees in urban environments in Togo and factors that determined whether households planted and maintained agroforestry species in the Lake Victoria watershed.
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ITTO/AFF Forest Policy Day
Victor Agyeman, FORNESSA Chair, noting that only 1% of the world’s researchers are from Africa, said “researchers in Africa are an endangered species."
Godwin Kowero, Executive Secretary, AFF, called on participants to help build bridges across the forestry sectors of Africa.
Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, ITTO, highlighted the need for constant updates of scientific information to inform forest management policies.
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Lidia Brito, UNESCO, said global sustainability has to become part of "our nations’ fabric."
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Yonas Yemshaw, AFF, provided a summary of Forest Policy Day's discussions.
Denis Koulangna, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Cameroon, discussed policies and actions in the Cameroon Forest Sector aimed at sustainable forest management.
Robert Nasi, Leader, CGIAR Conservation Reserve Program (CRP6), presented on communication science information to support policy and decision-making in forestry emphasizing that policy knowledge is only effective when shared appropriately.
Fred Owino, Kenya, emphasized that forestry development must be driven by the best science, and called for research budget increases.
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Paolo Omar Cerutti, CIFOR & Australian National University (ANU) , elaborated on commercial chainsaw logging, livelihoods and corruption in Central Africa.
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Louis Bernard Cheteu, Cameroon, presented case studies from Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria of Reducing Deforestation and Forest Degradation and Enhancing Environmental Services in Tropical Forests.

Michael Kleine, IUFRO, moderated the afternoon session on policies and governance in African forestry.
Paxie Chirwa, South Africa, said resource policies are available but require implementation by governments and regional bodies.
Ernest Foli, Ghana, said pilot projects are concrete examples of an integrated international and interdisciplinary approach to solving policy-relevant problems.
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Phosiso Sola, CIFOR Regional Coordinator, Eastern and Southern Africa, stressed the fact that forests in Africa are under-valued.
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Mafa Chipeta, Malawi, urged Africa to set natural resource priorities and cease “to drift with the wind.”
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Ravi Prabhu, Deputy Director General Research, ICRAF, noted the need to integrate food production systems.
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Emmanuel Chidumayo, AFF, emphasized the need for concrete data on land in order to inform policy on land-use.
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Panelists for Food-Fibre-Fuel Nexus in Africa. From L-R: Robert Nasi, Leader of CGIAR CRP6; Ravi Prabhu, Deputy Director General Research, ICRAF; Niels Elers Koch, IUFRO President; Paxie Chirwa, University of Pretoria; Mafa Chipeta, Malawi; Phosiso Sola, CIFOR Regional Coordinator, Eastern and Southern Africa; and Emmanuel Chidumayo, AFF
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Forest Policy Day ended with a book launch during which some key participants received copies of the two books.
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Lidia Brito, UNESCO, peruses the "World Atlas of Mangroves" launched at the Forest Policy Day
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Participants networking during a break from the presentations.
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Participants during the tea break.
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Education, Training and Capacity Building
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Piotr Paschalis-Jacubowicz, Poland
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Per Rudebjer, Bioversity International
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August Temu's presentation.
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August Temu, ICRAF
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Marta Zdravkovic's presentation.
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Marta Zdravkovic, African Network for Agriculture, Agroforestry and Natural Resources Education (ANAFE)
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Joe Cobbinah, Ghana
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Joe Cobbinah's presentation.
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Stella Britwum Acquah's presentation.
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Stella Britwum Acquah, Ghana

Sustainable Development of Non Wood Forest Products for Rural Livelihood and Forest Conservation
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Andrew Oteng-Amoako, Ghana
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Andrew Oteng-Amoako's presentation.
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Edith Daboue's presentation.
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Edith Daboue, Burkina Faso
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Paul Donfack's presentation.
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Paul Donfack, Cameroon
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Stephen Lartey Tekpetey's presentation.
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Stephen Lartey Tekpetey, Ghana

Silvicultural Systems: Effect of Logging on Forest Regrowth
Gloria Djaney Djagbletey, Ghana
Owiny Arthur Arnold, Uganda
Woodam Chung, USA
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Emeline Assédé, Benin
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David Ochanda, Uganda
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Akwasi Duah-Gyamfi, Ghana
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Edward Wiafe, Ghana
Assessment of Forest Resources of Conservation Value
Akomian Fortuné Azihou, Benin
Meshack Odera Muga, Kenya
Dazomwaï Simza, Togo
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Mary Mamle Apetorgbor, Ghana
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Karl-Erik Jonansson, Sweden
Around the Congress
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Kenya Forest Service choir performs for congress participants in the Karura Forest on Wednesday evening (photo supplied by IUFRO).
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Niels Elers Koch, IUFRO President, planting a tree in the Karura Forest, on Wednesday evening (photo supplied by IUFRO).
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Participants registering for the Forest Policy Day.
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