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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 - September 2021  

CFA Newsletter - September 2021


The Fast Track Land Reform Programme and its effect on the loss of forests: the case of the Mafungabusi Forest Reserve in Zimbabwe M. MUSANANGURO, F. ALI, R. MLAMBO and T.P. MASARIRA

Learning from Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Ghana and Zambia: lessons for integrated landscape approaches S. ADEYANJU, A. O’CONNOR, T. ADDOAH, E. BAYALA, H. DJOUDI, K. MOOMBE, J. REED, M. ROS-TONEN, F. SIANGULUBE, A. SIKANWE and T. SUNDERLAND

The impacts of COVID-19 on the sustainable management of the forestry sector in Southern Africa P.W. CHIRWA, J.M. KAMWI, G. KABIA, L. MAKHUBELE, W. SAGONA, N. MATAKALA and P. GONDO

From European forestry strategies to implementing local policies: a study on public forest workers in the Tuscany region of Italy C. FAGARAZZI, C. SERGIACOMI E. MARONE

The politics of forest governance failure in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): lessons from 35 years of political rivalries E. MAJAMBU, M.T. DEMAZE and S. ONGOLO

China’s Natural Forest Protection Program: evolution, impact and challenges D. QIAO, W.T. YUAN and S.F. KE

Operations and improvement needs in the informal charcoal sector: a participatory value stream analysis A. ROOS, D. MUTTA, M. LARWANOU, C. WEKESA and G. KOWERO

Sustainability certification and legality verification in Indonesian natural forest-based wood products value chains D. SUSILAWATI and P.J. KANOWSKI

What does Brazil know about the origin and uses of tree species employed in the housing sector? Perspectives on available species, origin and current challenges V. DE ARAUJO, J. VASCONCELOS, M. GAVA, A. CHRISTOFORO, F. LAHR and J. GARCIA

• 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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