An estimated 70 percent of the rural population in Sub-Saharan Africa depends on forest goods and services for the supply of basic needs, income and employment. However, Africa’s forests are being depleted at the rate of 4.1 million hectares annually. Given the crucial role forests play in supporting livelihoods, more efforts need to be directed towards managing African forests on sustainable basis. The Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA), a regional hub of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), was established to support and strengthen research in order to contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of forest resources of Sub-Saharan Africa. Since its formation in 2000 FORNESSA has fostered regional cooperation amongst forest scientists in the region.
The first IUFRO regional congress in Africa will be held in partnership with FORNESSA and is expected to bring together about 350 participants to deliberate on issues relevant to the conservation, sustainable management and utilization of forest and tree resources in the region.
OBJECTIVES AND CONGRESS THEMES
The Congress will provide a platform for African forest scientists, forest managers and policy makers and their colleagues from other parts of the world to share and exchange information and experiences on critical issues affecting forest and wildlife resources in Africa. The overall goal of the congress is to demonstrate how forest science is impacting on livelihoods, environmental management and development in Africa. The congress will highlight research that puts relevant information in the hands of forest communities, forest managers, policy makers, the private sector and civil society.
Specific themes to be covered include:
• Forests and Climate Change
• Forests and Water
• Forest Policy, Governance and Trade
• Forest Biodiversity and Conservation
• Agroforestry, Energy and Food Security
DR. JOE COBBINAH
CHAIR, CONGRESS SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEEE
FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF GHANA (FORIG)
UNIVERSITY BOX 63, KUMASI, GHANA
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International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), Forestry Research Network of Sub-Saharan Africa (FORNESSA)
Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)
World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF)