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 - June 2020  

CFA Newsletter - June 2020


A tale of two genera: exotic Eucalyptus and Acacia species in China (2). Plantation resource development R.J. ARNOLD, Y.J. XIE, J.Z. LUO, H.R. WANG and S.J. MIDGLEY

Forest management certification in the Americas: difficulties in complying with the requirements of the FSC system V.M. BASSO, B.G. ANDRADE, L.A.G. JACOVINE, E.V. SILVA, R.R. ALVES and A.M.B. NARDELLI

Learning to learn in tropical forests: training field teams in adaptive collaborative management, monitoring and gender K. EVANS, A.M. LARSON and S. FLORES

Timberland transaction costs and due diligence: a literature review and assessment of research needs A. HIEGEL, J. SIRY, P. BETTINGER and B. MEI

A typology of community forestry approaches in Indonesia: implications for external support to forest communities H. KURNIASIH, R.M. FORD, R.J. KEENAN and B.J. KING

Power dynamics in forest governance decentralization: the case of Kenya M.A. OMALA and L.M. AGLANU

Underlying driving forces of forest cover changes due to the implementation of preservation policies in Iranian northern Zagros forests H. BEYGI HEIDARLOU, A. BANJ SHAFIEI, M.  ERFANIAN, A. TAYYEBI and A. ALIJANPOUR

Analysing the narrative and promises of ‘avoided deforestation’ implementation


Review of China’s forestry industry over the past 70 years and an outlook for the future X. ZHANG, S. KE, T. XU and D. QIAO


Book review

Forest Landscape Restoration: Integrated approaches to support effective implementation



Jim Ball

•  Keeping it natural
Association News
• Honouring the Life of Jim
Ball (1940–2020)
Forest Scenes
• A new look at elm?
• Bangor University in Ghana – experiences and insights from recent study tours
• Tree Cities of the World
• Marcus Wallenberg Prize: Model for forest growth during climate change
• Global ambitions for new Australian forest research group
• The hidden toll of lockdown on rainforests
• Agroforestry for sustainable agriculture
• Brazilian Forests at a glance 2019
Around the World


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