The Government of the Republic of South Africa, in collaboration with FAO, will host the XIV World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, from 7 to 11 September 2015. For the first time the Congress is being held in Africa.
The World Forestry Congress is the largest and most significant gathering of the world's forest sector.
Held every six years, its objectives are to inform, orient and influence international action in forestry, to elevate the sector’s role in global development and to project a new vision for the future. This XIV Congress will be crucial as the world will be entering a new development era with the post-2015 sustainable development goals.
Forests are essential to life on our planet. Sustainable incomes and livelihoods, mitigation and adaption to climate change, adequate supplies of fresh water, biodiversity in nature, human food security, material for shelter – none of these would be possible without forests. Yet this life-sustaining resource is under unprecedented pressure from humanity, climate and competing socio-economic demands.
The Congress will: