World Forestry Congress
The 13th World Forestry Congress took place from 18th to 23rd of October in Buenos Aires (Argentina) under the theme “Forest Development: A Vital Balance”. During the Congress it was emphasised that the major pressures on forests are arising from outside the forest sector, such as changes in global climate, economic conditions and population growing needs. Furthermore, a lot of attention was given to the wide variety of forests services of economic and environmental value to society, such as clean water, biodiversity and carbon sequestration, and the need to fully realize them. In that context, mechanisms related to climate change were among the main topics, giving particular attention to REDD issues. Another important topic was the role of forests and forestry to address the increasing need for clean energy sources: bioenergy.
However, despite the emphasis of the 13th WFC on carboncentric issues, there were also events addressing the other side of the coin in an arid context, like our Mediterranean region: water issues.
The sessions on Water and Forests brought much attention and within the Congress they were crucial to compensate the "REDD" colour of the WFC by the fresh "BLUE" of water. FAO, EFIMED as well as the other organisers of the water and forests sessions are planning further initiatives on this line.
As a continuation of the WFC, FAO's Forests and Water programme will compile in a synthesis report the main conclusions and recommendations resulting from most important events on water and forests taking place in the last years. This will include as well the conference organised by EFIMED in Barcelona in 2008: "Water and Forest: a convenient truth?". EFIMED and FAO will as well cooperate in the coming months in developing a book on “Water for forests and people in the Mediterranean Region: a balancing challenge".
Last but not least, the problem of the arid zone forests was addressed during the Congress in the frame of the Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA) presented by EFIMED . However, according to the CBD definition, drylands can be found in 41 percent of the world, what in our opinion means that they should be more considered in future occasions.
Further information: www.cfm2009.org
Final declaration: www.cfm2009.org/en/seccion.asp?IdSeccion=16
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