COEX Convention and Exhibition Center, the venue of the XV World Forestry Congress The XV World Forestry Congress: new dates announced
The XV World Forestry Congress (XV WFC) will be held from 2 to 6 May 2022 in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The Congress was originally scheduled for May of 2021, but was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The theme of the XV World Forestry Congress is Building a Building a Green, Healthy and Resilient Future with Forests. Under this overarching theme, there are six sub-themes which will address the most important current issues concerning forests and the products and services they provide:

  • the importance of containing and reversing forest and tree-cover loss in attaining multiple global goals;
  • forests’ role in addressing global environmental challenges, including climate change and biodiversity conservation;
  • the important contribution of forest products and services to national economies and strategies for enhanced financing in the sector;
  • the use of forest resources to improve livelihoods, health and well-being;
  • ways to improve forest monitoring, data collection and knowledge management; and
  • enhancing multistakeholder partnerships and cooperation for the improved management and utilization of forest resources.

Contribute to the Congress!
In light of the new Congress dates, there will be renewed opportunities for those interested in submitting their work to the Congress.

Submissions for new abstracts for papers and posters will be accepted from 28 April to 30 June 2021. The platform for submitting a video will also be open until 3 September 2021.

New side event proposals can be submitted from 28 April to 30 July 2021.

For more information on details regarding the Congress and the updated timeline, visit the website’s frequently asked questions.

About the Congress
The first World Forestry Congress was held in Rome in 1926 and subsequent Congresses have taken place about every six years since then. In 1954, FAO was entrusted with supporting the Congress in close cooperation with the host country and proudly continues to do so today. The XV World Forestry Congress in Seoul will bring together the global forestry community to review and analyse key challenges facing the sector and ways to address these. Participation is usually diverse, with representation from all regions and sectors; including the public and private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), scientific or professional bodies, and forestry societies, as well as those who simply care about forests and the environment.

For more information about the Congress, please visit the official website:



last updated:  Thursday, April 8, 2021