14TH WORLD FORESTRY CONGRESS OFFICIALLY OPENED
By: Nhlanhla Mthembu
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana, officially opened the 14TH
World Forestry Congress at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on Monday.
This is the first time the congress is being held on African soil since its inception in 1926.
The World Forestry Congress bought together governments; the private sector, foresters,
academics and the civil society to review and analyse the key issues and pave a future for effective forestry management.
In his opening address Minister Zokwana said,“Today is a good day for Africa. We are proud to host the 14TH World Forestry Congress.”
Zokwana called for more comprehensive campaign to green South Africa’s unfruitful communities that apartheid created.
“Communities should be at the forefront of forestry conservation.
Plant as many trees as possible, especially indigenous trees and fruit trees that can feed the people,” added Zokwana.
Speaking at the congress Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission said, “We must encourage the planting of trees and protecting the soil within our
She added that international communities should support Africa in sustaining its forests.
Congress leaders and global ministers ended the opening session with the million trees programme, is an innovative public greening initiative that was launched in 2007, theyplanted the million tree outside the Durban ICC.
Congress leaders later visited the exhibitions that are taking place at the 14th World Congress in Durban Exhibition Centre.