Welcome to the CFA


The Commonwealth Forestry Conference is an international forum for foresters, and all those with an interest in the forestry sector to exchange knowledge and experience. It is organized by the Standing Committee on Commonwealth Forestry and occurs every 4 – 5 years. The Conference relates to general aspects of forest management and governance and has a focus on the changing priorities of the forestry sector.

Please join us for the Twentieth Commonwealth Forestry Conference in August, 2021 and share your view on the joint future of forests and people.  For full information please visit cfc2021.ubc.ca


The CFA is a partner in a new initiative, The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy,  in which Commonwealth citizens are leading the world in efforts to protect the forest – forest that their communities and the planet as a whole depend on.  

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy will show that, irrespective of geography, economy, culture or tenure, solutions exist to the threats facing these critical ecosystems.   For more information visit the QCC website.

Our Patron His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales

The Commonwealth Forestry Association is pleased to announce that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, has become our new Patron following news that Her Majesty, The Queen wished to step down from the position.  We would like to record our thanks to Her Majesty for her commitment and support to the CFA since she became Patron in 1952 as we look forward to working closely with our new Patron.

Professor John Innes, CFA President 

“The objective of the CFA is to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the world's forests and the contributions they make to peoples’ livelihoods…..”

“A particularly important aspect of the CFA is the links that are being forged between forestry professionals and civil society”.

Read why Professor Innes supports the CFA


Recent publications

International Forestry Review - March 2021  

CFA Newsletter - March 2021


Adapting forest management to climate change: experiences of the Nisga’a people J.R. ARIAS-BUSTAMANTE and J.L. INNES

Evaluating capital assets in governing protected area co-management in the Rema-Kalenga Wildlife Sanctuary, Bangladesh M.S. BHUIYAN, S. ISLAM, M.M.U. HAQUE, S. AKTAR and R. AHMED

The impact of community forest formalisation on tenure security and forest co-management in Thailand M. JENKE and J. PRETZSCH

Participatory forestry improves mangrove forest management in Kenya A. KAIRU, K. KOTUT, R. MBECHE and J. KAIRO

Complexity of zoning management in biosphere reserves: the case of the Yangambi Biosphere Reserve in DRC D.D. KIPUTE, S.W. MAMPETA, J-M.M. KAHINDO, U.D.M. LELO, R. SUFO KANKEU, J.D. SONWA, V.D. JOIRIS and J-P.M. MATE

Intra-household gender relations and women participation in non-industrial private forestry in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania J.V. NSENGA and D.L. MWASEBA

Forest governance in DRC: an analysis from actors’ participation in REDD+ policy development T.T. PHAM, K. FÉLICIEN, M. MOELIONO and B. DWISATRIO

A comparative institutional analysis of two community forests managed under different governance structures in the dry zone area of Myanmar S.M. SAN, Y.O. ADAM and J. PRETZSCH

Forest certification in developing countries: current status and hindrances to its adoption within a macro-framework L. XU and A.J. LU

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the initial step in fi rst-ever
entirely virtual Commonwealth
Forestry Conference
Association News
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Forest Scenes
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• Encouraging farmers to plant trees in their savannas
• The EU’s watershed deforestation moment?
• The global forest and treecover situation
• Trees, woodland and flooding
• COVID-19 and indigenous and tribal peoples: The impacts and underlying
• Reliving the Memories of an Indian Forester
• The Use of Woody Biomass for Energy Production in the EU
• Podcast – Let’s talk trees
• Podcast – Wildfires
• Chris Done
• Ken Sargent
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Latest News

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