The 13th World Forestry Congress will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 18 to October 23, 2009. This event is organized by FAO and the government of the Argentine Republic.
The purpose of the event is to diagnose the general situation of the forests and forestry sector, so as to recognize trends, adapt policies and raise awareness among the groups involved and interested in the forestry sector.
ITTO is an active participant at the Congress and will be hosting two events, one with the theme of “Ensuring International Trade in CITES-listed Timber Species is Consistent with Their Sustainable Management and Conservation”. This will be held on the 19th of October.
The second event, “Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in the Tropics” will provide an opportunity for participants to assess three selected ITTO funded projects and is scheduled for the 21st October.
Emmanuel Ze Meka, ITTO’s Executive Director (pictured below), will be urging more effective and focused international action on tropical forests at the Congress.
In his words: “The world needs more effective and focused international action on tropical forests. That will help reduce poverty, protect biodiversity and also mitigate the effects of climate change.”