Invitation: AFF hybrid side event at the XV World Forestry Congress
Forests in Africa influence the social, economic, and environmental spheres and therefore are crucial for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Trees offer many opportunities for greening the planet and simultaneously enhancing livelihoods and scaling up resilience; these tree-based options have, indeed, the potential to restore forest landscapes, provide forest ecosystem services, improve climate-resilient livelihoods and environment, sustain availability of biomass energy, and create green jobs. All these underline the crucial roles of trees and forests in Africa to not only eradicate poverty but to also secure environmental stability, among others.
This hybrid event entitled, ‘Strengthening forest management for enhanced livelihoods and resilience in a changing environment in Africa”, will bring together an esteemed panel for an interactive discussion on transformative pathways for enhancing climate change adaptation and mitigation in Africa through the application of nature-based solutions. The event will also elucidate how livelihoods of forest dependent communities can be improved through the enhancement of the value chains of non-timber forest products (NTFPs).
Join us to hear from:
- Prof Marie Louise Avana, Senior Program Officer, African Forest Forum (AFF)
- Cecile Ndjebet, President and Founder, African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF)
- Doris Mutta, Senior Program Officer, African Forest Forum (AFF)
- Ben Chikamai, Executive Secretary, Network for Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA)
- Charles Meshack, Executive Director, Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG)
- Djibril Dayamba, Senior Program Officer, African Forest Forum (AFF)
Prof. Godwin Kowero, Executive Secretary-CEO, African Forest Forum (AFF).
The event, which is open to all interested forestry stakeholders who would like to participate virtually, will take a hybrid format, with an in-person component hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea on 02 May 2022 at the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul.
05:30 pm – 07:00 Seoul, South Korea Time I 11:30 am – 131:00 pm EAT I 9:30 am – 11:00 WAT
To participate virtually for the hybrid event, click on the following link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcudu2gpz0sG9UFcR5DBQz7jtlqOyA0_bxE
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Simultaneous interpretation in French and Korean will be provided.
To download the programme of this hybrid side event, click here.
This hybrid event is organized by the African Forest Forum (AFF) in collaboration with Network for Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA), African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF) and the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group (TFCG). It is made possible with financial support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
About the organizing institutions:
Established in 2007 as a non-political, non-governmental, objective, independent and not for profit international organization, the African Forest Forum (AFF) is an association of individuals with a commitment to the sustainable management, wise use and conservation of Africa’s forest and tree resources for the socio-economic well-being of its peoples and for the stability and improvement of its environment. https://afforum.org/
The Network for Natural Gums and Resins in Africa (NGARA) is a Pan African organization assisting African producing countries and partners formulate a coordinated strategy for the sustainable development of their natural gums, resins and allied dryland resources, for improving rural livelihood and environmental conservation. The organization focuses more on enhancing value chains for improving rural livelihood and environmental conservation. https://ngara.org/
The African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests, established in 2010, is a network created by 45 women from 8 countries in West and Central Africa. From a regional scale, the REFACOF is dedicated to the collective action of African women to address social challenges, political, legal and economic issues related to forest management in Africa. In this process, particular attention is given to limitations on the participation of women. https://www.wocan.org/partner/refacof/
The Tanzania Forest Conservation Group was established in 1985. With over 20 years of experience, they are the largest Tanzanian non-governmental organisation focusing on the conservation of natural forests. They envisage a world in which Tanzanians and the rest of humanity enjoy the diverse benefits from well conserved, high biodiversity forests. The Tanzania Forest Conservation Group is a team of professional foresters, biologists and communicators determined to improve the way Tanzania’s forests are managed and to support the livelihoods of those living close to the forests. http://www.tfcg.org/
About the World Forestry Congress
The World Forestry Congress (WFC) is held every six years and is the world’s largest global gathering of foresters. It provides a unique opportunity to strengthen international cooperation with forest supporters and intersectoral partners by sharing expertise and experiences and projecting a vision of the future roles of forests in the global sustainable development.
The XV World Forestry Congress will be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Korea from 2 to 6 May 2022 and held at the COEX Convention and Exhibition Center in Seoul. The Congress will bring together global forest stakeholders to review and analyze key challenges facing the sector and ways to address these. Participation is usually diverse, with representation from all regions and sectors; including the public and private sector, NGOs, CSOs, scientific or professional bodies, and forestry societies, as well as those who simply care about forests and the environment.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.wfc2021korea.org/index.html