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XIII World Forestry Congress (WFC 2009)

18-23 October 2009 | Buenos Aires, Argentina
WFC 2009
Highlights for Friday, 23 October 2009
Tim Payne, New Zealand, Chair Drafting Committee, Olman Serrano, FAO, Carlos Casamiquela, Homero M. Bibiloni, Associate President of the XIII WFC, Secretary for the Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina, Jan Heino, Assistant Director-General of FAO, and Leopoldo Montes, Secretary General of the XIII WFC 2009

The XIII World Forestry Congress, co-organized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Argentina, took place from 18 to 23 October 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Themed “Forests in Development: A Vital Balance,” 7,100 participants from international organizations, governments, academia, private sector and civil society, representing 160 nations, came together to discuss forest issues at this event. Participants convened in daily plenaries; two roundtables on forests and energy, and forests and climate change; over 60 thematic parallel technical sessions; seven poster sessions and numerous other side events. The daily thematic sessions focused on the themes of:

• Forests and biodiversity;
• Producing for development;
• Forests in the service of people;
• Caring for our forests;
• Development opportunities;
• Organizing forest development; and
• People and forests in harmony.

Major outcomes were a declaration from participants outlining nine findings and 27 strategic actions through which the “vital balance between forests and development can be improved;” and a set of recommendations to the UNFCCC calling for urgent action on major issues, including inter alia the: promotion of sustainable forest management; need to pursue climate change mitigation and adaptation concurrently; need for improved monitoring and assessment techniques: and need for improved inter-sectoral cooperation.

 
Daily Highlights

Saturday, 17 October - Sunday, 18 October
Monday, 19 October - Tuesday, 20 October - Wednesday, 21 October - Thursday, 22 October - Friday, 23 October

CLOSING CEREMONY

Tim Payne, New Zealand, Chair Drafting Committee

Jan Heino, Assistant Director-General of FAO

Leopoldo Montes, Secretary General of the XIII WFC 2009

Tomas Schlichter, Argentina

Homero M. Bibiloni, Associate President of the XIII WFC, Secretary for the Environment and Sustainable Development of Argentina

Commemoration of the 60th anniversary the FAO-IUFRO

Don Koo Lee, President of the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO), and Jan Heino, FAO

 
Olman Serrano, FAO, Don Koo Lee, IUFRO, and Jan Heino, FAO

 

MORNING SELECTED PARALLEL SESSIONS

1.3 Restoration and rehabilitation of forest ecosystems

Tim Rollinson, Director-General, Forestry Commission of the United Kingdom, Jorge Rodríguez, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications of Costa RicaJerilyn Levi, United States Forest Service, Stewart Maginnis, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Clive Thomas, Forestry Commission Wales, Moujahed Achouri, FAO, and Eduardo Mansur, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)

 
2.7 Non-wood forest products

Alejandro Cunningham, consultant, Argentina

Ina Winarni, Forest Product Research and Development Centre, Indonesia 

Carlos Marx Carneiro, FAO, moderator
5.5 Forest certification

Natalia Vidal, University of British Columbia, Canada

Maharaj Muthoo, President of the Roman Forum

James Griffiths, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
7.1 Land tenure

Eva Müller, FAO

Pablo Pacheco, CIFOR

Jinlong Liu, Renmin University of China

5.4 Forest products trade

Louis Putzel, New York Botanical Garden

Anne Toppinen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Roberto Waack, FSC Board
Mikhail Kobelvok, Director, Russian Centre of Forest Health

Marteen Larson, International Council of Forest and Paper Associations

2.7 Non-wood forest products
Carlos Carranza, Argentina National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA), and Hugo Enrique Sassola, Argentina

Gesine Haensel, University of Gottingen, Germany

SNAPSHOTS

 

 


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