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XIV World Forest Congress 2015

Historical context

The first World Forestry Congress was held in Rome in 1926 and has generally taken place every six years since then. Gatherings serve as a forum for governments, universities, civil society and the private sector to exchange views and experiences and to formulate recommendations for implementation at national, regional and global levels. The Congress also provides an opportunity for the sector to produce an overview of the state of forests and forestry in order to discern trends, adapt policies and raise awareness of issues among decision-makers, the public and other parties concerned.

Its functions are advisory, not executive, and participants attend the Congress in their personal capacity. The implementation of recommendations is a matter solely for those to whom they are addressed in light of their own particular circumstances - governments, international organizations, scientific bodies and forest owners, among others. The outcomes are brought to the attention of the FAO Conference which may consider endorsing, through a resolution, any declaration emanating from the Congress.

These prestigious events produce high quality papers, are recognized for their insightful deliberations and are known for reaching broad consensus on authoritative, although not binding, policy and technical advice to governments and international organizations.

The Congress:

  • brings together knowledge and experience to give guidance on the formulation and implementation of forest policy;
  • expresses views which may help research organizations to identify future areas of study and international organizations to plan future work;
  • promotes the elaboration and world-wide acceptance of technical standards such as an international forestry terminology, a uniform classification of forestry literature, and consistent research methods.

Title

Organizer

Date

Country

Venue

Languages

World Forestry Congress XIII

FAO, Argentina

18 October 2009 - 23 October 2009

Argentina

Buenos Aires

English, French, Spanish

World Forestry Congress XII

FAO and Canada

21 September 2003 - 28 September 2003

Canada

Québec city

English, French, Spanish

World Forestry Congress XI

FAO and Turkey

13 October 1997 - 22 October 1997

Turkey

Antalya

English, French, Spanish

World Forestry Congress X

FAO and France

17 September 1991 - 26 September 1991

France

Paris

English, French, Spanish

World Forestry Congress IX

FAO and Mexico

1 July 1985 - 12 July 1985

Mexico

Mexico City

English, French, Spanish

World Forestry Congress VIII

FAO and Indonesia

16 October 1978 - 28 October 1978

Indonesia

Djakarta

English, French, Spanish

World Forestry Congress VII

FAO and Argentina

October 1972

Argentina

Buenos Aires

English, French, Spanish

World Forestry Congress VI

FAO and Spain

June 1966

Spain

Madrid

English, French, Spanish

World Forestry Congress V

FAO and US Forest Service

1960

United States of America

Seattle

English, French, Spanish

World Forestry Congress IV

FAO and India

11 December 1954

India

Dehradun

English, French, Spanish

World Forestry Congress III

Finland

10 July 1949 - 20 July 1949

Finland

Helsinki

English

World Forestry Congress II

Hungary

1936

Hungary

Budapest

English

World Forestry Congress I

Italy

1926

Italy

Rome

English