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First online Commonwealth Forestry Conference points the way to the future

After three days of intensive and wide-ranging discussions the 20th Commonwealth Forestry Conference was brought to a close by CFA President, Professor John Innes.  With the innovative online format, coordinated by the University of British Columbia, hailed by many participants as the way for the meeting to be held in the future, the CFC brought together more than 420 delegates (34 % of them students) from 50 countries covering 17 time zones.

All of the sessions were recorded (another CFC first) and will be available on the CFC website at cfc2021.ubc.ca until January 31, 2022.

Highlights of the CFC included:

  • 10 Keynote Speakers, 5 distinguished speakers for opening and closing ceremonies
  • 2 Special Sessions with 11 invited speakers
  • 180 Presenters (oral and poster presentations)
  • 3 Minute Talk Challenge for students: 1 slide, 3 minutes each, 13 contestants from around the world

Conference topics included:  Bioeconomy and Ecosystem services, Education and Careers, Communicating forestry to outside audiences, Climate change, Technology and Innovation, Indigenous and Community forestry, Conservation valuation, Old-growth management, and Urban Forestry, plus meetings of IUFRO Divisions 6 and 9: Social aspects, forest policy and economics.

Holding the meeting online meant that the CFC’s carbon emission savings amounted to more than 200 passenger vehicles driving for one year, or one passenger vehicle driving for 3.5 Million kilometers!

Visit the CFC website at cfc2021.ubc.ca to see a range of outputs from the meeting.


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 - June 2021  

CFA Newsletter - Sept 2021


Analysis of indicators of legality, legitimacy and legitimation in public policy: an example of REDD+ in Mexico M.L. ÁVALOS-RODRÍGUEZ, M.K. MCCALL, J. ŠPIRIĆ, M.I. RAMÍREZ and J.J. ALVARADO

Uncertainties and trends in the forest policy framework in Sierra Leone: an overview of forest sustainability challenges in the post-independence era M. FAYIAH

Developing a set of key performance indicators for monitoring sustainability of forest functions in the Hyrcanian forests S.Z. GOUSHEHGIR, J. FEGHHI and J.L. INNES

Discourses on sustainable forest management and their integration into climate policies in South Africa C. OFOEGBU and C. IFEJIKA SPERANZA

Making operational plans relevant to forest user groups in the Mid-Hills of Nepal L. PURI, I. NUBERG, B. OSTENDORF and E. CEDAMON

Sustainable forest management and forest products industry development in Ethiopia Y.S. RAWAT and A.T. TEKLEYOHANNES

India’s environmental policy standoff: reimagining stakeholder engagement spaces S. TAMBE, L. FRENCH, C. WYBORN, L. SCARLETT, R. DEFRIES, H. NAGENDRA, H. KULKARNI, P. SRIVASTAVA, N.K. AGRAWAL, B.M.S. RATHORE and G. KINHAL

Can forest management units facilitate adaptive co-management reform in Indonesia? R. WAHYUDI, K.E PELLINI, J.T. HARYANTO and F. ZAMZANI

Farmers’ willingness to participate in Forest Management for Carbon Sequestration on the Sloping Land Conservation Program in China F. YANG, Y. JIANG and K.P. PAUDEL

• First online Commonwealth
Forestry Conference
• CFC – Communiqué
• CFC – Closing Keynote
Forest Scenes
• Iwokrama: Celebrating
decades of sustainable forest management
• Mining related forest and woodland change in Papua New Guinea
• Nigeria wasting forestry potential
• Multi-stakeholder forestry forums
• Contributions of community forestry to COVID-19 response
• Forest, trees and poverty alleviation
• Guidelines on the promotion of green jobs in forestry
• Peter Eddowes
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