Welcome to the CFA


August 16-19, 2021  Vancouver, Canada

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 - September2020  

CFA Newsletter - Sept 2020


Enrollment decision-making by students in forestry and related natural resource degree programmes globally  T.L. BAL, M.D. ROULEAU, T.L. SHARIK and A.M. WELLSTEAD

Developing small-scale bamboo enterprises for livelihoods and environmental restoration in Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State, Ethiopia M. BOISSIÈRE, S. ATMADJA, S. BENMAKHLOUF, M. BEYESSA, H. KASSA, T. HUNDE and F. ASSEFA

Changes in vegetation characteristics following a decade of community forest management in mid-western Uganda  C. MAWA, F. BABWETEERA, J.R.S. TABUTI and D.M. TUMUSIIME

Understanding the Coula edulis, Dacryodes buettneri and Irvingia gabonensis non-timber forest product value chains from Makokou, North-East Gabon from a gender perspective  C. MIKOLO YOBO, A. AWONO and V. INGRAM

Exploring gender dynamics, economics and perceptions of the vulnerability of the bush mango value chain in three provinces of Gabon  C. MIKOLO YOBO, D.M. IPONGA, J.C. TIEGUHONG, N. NSSI BENGONE and A. NGOYE

State-community relations and deliberative politics within federal forest governance in Nepal  K. POKHAREL, R. KARKI, H.R. OJHA, P. GENTLE, D. ACHARYA, M. BANJADE and D. PAUDEL

Agroforests, swiddening and livelihoods between restored peat domes and river: effects of the 2015 fire ban in Central Kalimantan (Indonesia) Y.A. SILVIANINGSIH, K. HAIRIAH, D. SUPRAYOGO and M. van NOORDWIJK

Non-timber forest product importance for rural household well-being in four coastal communities in Oaxaca, Mexico  H.C. ZAMORA-MALDONADO and V.S. AVILA-FOUCAT

The governance of global forest statistics: case study on forest products trade between Sub-Saharan Africa and China  Y. ZHAO, Y.M. KROTT and S. ONGOLO

• Indigenous forest
management in Australia
Association News
Obituary: Bob Newman
• Commonwealth Forestry
Conference 2021
• CFA Advisory Group member receives award
• Young African Foresters Initiative
• CFA country profiles
Forest Scenes
• An app to help plant trees
• Improved stoves increase efficiency of woodfuel
• The Cities4Forests Toolbox
• Forest conservation in Fiji
• The Green Mobilization Initiative in Nigeria
• Workboats and Trawlers
Around the World


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