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MAFF UPDATE NO.724 (Published on November 13, 2009)

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Brief summary of the 13th World Forestry Congress

The 13th World Forestry Congress was held in Buenos Aires, Argentine Republic from October 18th to 23rd, 2009.

Date and Place

From Sunday, October 18th to Friday, 23rd, 2009
Buenos Aires, Argentine Republic

Participants

Over 7,000 people from 160 countries participated in the congress including the officials of governments, international organizations, universities and research institutes, businesses and industries, and non-governmental organizations (NGO). As for Japan, from Forestry Agency, Takeshi Goto, Counselor for International Forest Resource Analysis, Yuichi Sato, Senior Policy Advisor and another person, and some people from Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Japan International Cooperation Agency, etc. attended the congress.

Brief Summary

1. The World Forestry Congress

In this congress, the discussions were held under the core subject “Forest Development: A Vital Balance” and seven thematic sessions: “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”. In addition to the general sessions, some 40 sub theme sessions were held over several topics under the thematic sessions. About 350 research papers were presented in these sessions. The special forums on such as climate change were also held. Furthermore, some 130 side events and poster sessions were conducted.
The congress ended with the Buenos Aires Declaration (findings and strategic actions) and adopting the message to the 15th COP of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in the coming December.

2. Side event and booth exhibition for the Montreal Process

On Tuesday, October 20th, Montreal Process, whose liaison office is hosted by Japan, held a side event and had about 100 participants. The event started with an opening speech of Takeshi Goto, Counselor for International Forest Resource Analysis and the representatives from each continent (North America, South America, Oceania and East Asia in sequence) reported the activities for Criteria and Indicators of the Montreal Process. Yuichi Sato, Senior Policy Advisor reported the activities of East Asia.

In booth exhibition, the Second National Reports prepared by the participating countries, including Japan, were displayed and distributed.

For more information on the Second National Report of Japan, visit the following website.

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