XIV World Forestry Congress

09/07/2015 to 09/11/2015


Plan Bleu participated in the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFS) in Durban from the 7 to the 11 September 2015 under the theme “Forest and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future”. This event aimed at bringing together the global forestry community to review and analyze the key issues, through the main 6 thematic focus, in order to share ways of addressing them and facilitate their mainstreaming in global agendas on sustainable development as well as building new partnerships.


In this context, Plan Bleu participated in the following events:

  • The Stand “Mediterranean Forest” took place for the first time within the World Forestry Congress and was organized by the International Association for Mediterranean Forests (AIFM). Plan Bleu’s mission was to communicate the Mediterranean forests’ main challenges and issues. The exchange of ideas, information and experiences in terms of different actions and projects -realized to resolve the many problems faced by the Mediterranean forest ecosystems- is a major key toward their sustainable development.
  • The International Forests & Water DialogueFrom research to action: Integrating forest, tree and water interactions into policy, science, economics and forest practices” took place from the 8th of September to the 9th. This two-day special event was co-organized by Plan Bleu and saw the finalization and launch of the Five-year Forests and Water Action Plan, drafted by an expert group and partner organizations such as the FAO and the IUFRO and called for action in the areas of science, policy, economics and practices for forests and water.
  • The side event “Rising to the challenge: Strengthening financing for sustainable forest management” was held on September 10th, 2015 and was jointly organized by FAO, FAST, and GIZ. The objective of this session was to provide an overview of different ways and means of mobilizing additional financial resources for Sustainable Forest Management. Drawing on real world examples and the recent work of partner organizations on forest financing, the panel presentations focused on identifying new financial resources as well as developing new tools to catalyzing private investments. Plan bleu presented the FFEM project”Optimizing the production of goods and services by Mediterranean forest ecosystems in the context of global changes“, in particular, the main results of its second component “Economic and social valuation of goods and services provided by Mediterranean forest ecosystems”. The ensuing plenary discussion examined the potential of these mechanisms in strengthening financial sustainability of SFM and explored ways and means of improving their effectiveness.

For further information:

XIV World Forestry Congress
International Forests & Water Dialogue 
FAO – Synthesis report 
FAO Forestry Paper 155 
IUFRO Research Letter Forest and Water Interactions 
Side event




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