World Forestry Congress turned yellow as WoF played a key role in making a success of event

30 Sep,2015 | WoF and Dept of Env Affairs, World Forestry Congress

The XIV World Forestry Congress, hosted by the Republic of South Africa in collaboration with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization, brought together the global forestry community to review and analyse the key challenges, to share ways of addressing them and map the way ahead towards a vision for forestry 2050.

The Congress turned yellow as WoF played a key role in making a success of the event with over to 200 WoF participants from around the country, joined 4000 delegates at the XIV World Forestry Congress hosted at the Durban’s iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre.

The congress, held for the first time on African soil, since its inception in 1926, took place from Monday 7 September to Friday 11 September 2015, themed “Forests and People: investing in a sustainable Future”. Young men and woman from the WoF expanded Public Works Programme, welcomed over 4000 guests at the opening ceremony of the WFC demonstrating a march past, the singing of the South African National Anthem and the raising of the South Africa, United Nations Organization and KwaZulu-Natal flags.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, was ushered into the plenary hall by a Working on Fire guard of honor. Our Deputy President responded warmly to and joined in their singing all the way into the hall. Our Deputy President delivered a powerful keynote address in which he paid a glowing tribute to WoF and had the delegates give the Working on Fire programme a round of applause.

10 WoF representatives were also fortunate to attend the Social Media Bootcamp training.

This provided valuable social media training and gave additional social media exposure during the congress.

Many delegates complemented the Working on Fire programme, which was also featured in:

  • The Secretary General of the XIV World Forestry Congress, Mr Trevor Abrahams “Tree Talk”,
  • The Working on Fire “World Café” at which the Integrated Fire Management was presented by Kishugu and W0F,
  • At the Working on Fire stand,
  • A team of 50 of fire fighters who provided secretar ial suppor t throughout the congress,
  • The former WoF MD and current WoF Board Member, Trevor Abrahams served as the Secretary General of the Congress, where he was responsible for organising the entire event.

Working on Fire’s presence at the World Forestry Congress clearly contributed to what the Food and Agriculture Organisation described in the closing plenary as, the best world forestry congress ever.

We’ll done to all those who have contributed to the success of this event.

Information supplied by WFC Secretariat

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