Why come to this conference?

The forest sector is emerging globally as a leader in sustainability, diversification, and innovation. Forests and forestry are supporting countries to achieve global development, contribute incrementally to the climate crisis agendas and advance the broader goals of a cleaner, low-carbon future.

The last Commonwealth Forestry Conference (held in Dehradun, India in 2017) recognized that the world’s forest cover continues to decrease as forest land is converted to agriculture and other uses. Concerted efforts by governments, communities and NGOS have slowed down the rate of net global deforestation by over 50% in the past 25 years. However, the growing world population and ever-increasing societal demands put enormous pressure on scarce forest resources, particularly in the tropics and developing countries, which continue to experience decline of forests and depletion of the goods and services that they used to offer.

This conference will generate discussion, from research, governance and sustainability viewpoints, on the future of the forest sector, while learning from past. We expect this conference to engage members of the Commonwealth as well as the general world forest community, regardless of their professional affiliation – working for governments, the industry or other civil and environmental organizations. Such engagement is essential as integrating and coordinating national policies for natural resources management takes collective action across the institutions and sectors.

Vision

  • We strive for a global forest sector that champions sustainability, diversification, equity and innovation.
  • We promote collaborations across Commonwealth countries at various levels from policy to on-the-ground actions.
  • We encourage the showcasing of existing projects while focusing on cross-country collaboration that makes a difference.
  • We demonstrate how and when having good national policies makes a difference, yet positive changes can occur even when national policies leave much to be desired.

The conference will bring together practitioners and researchers from governments across the globe, as well as the forest industry, scholarly and indigenous communities. The Conference welcomes participants from both member and non-member countries of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Timeline

The Conference will include 3 days of sessions, with a one-day field trip. We are planning for keynote and scientific presentations, as well as a plenary/round table on the last day of the Conference. Keynote presentations will feature both research-based talks featuring prominent scientists, and more pragmatic, real-world presentations featuring prominent practitioners or policy makers from industry, government, civil society, and indigenous communities.

  • Abstract submissions June 1, 2020 till November 30, 2020.
  • Authors will be notified of abstract acceptance by December 20, 2020
  • Registration opens January 2021

Conference Topics

New MarketsBioeconomy
Ecosystem services
Education and CareersCollaboration
New technologies
CommunicationCommunicating forestry to outside audiences
Communicating within CFA
Climate changeForest fires
Carbon sequestration
Insect outbreaks
Seed transfer
Communities
Technology and InnovationVision for modern forest management
Conservation versus ConsumptionIndigenous and community forestry (policies, products)
Landscape level approaches
Conservation valuation
National park management
Wildlife management
Old growth management
Urban ForestsBenefits
Valuation
Community engagement