About the organisers

Forest Day 5 was hosted by 11 members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) and the Government of South Africa and convened by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). Forest Day 5 is the fifth and most important in the series of events. Forest Day 1, in Bali in 2007, informed the inclusion of forests in the Bali Action Plan. At Forest Day 2, in Poznań, key stakeholders agreed on the urgency of including forests in the global climate change regime, and the importance of managing forests for livelihoods and biodiversity, as well as carbon storage. At Forest Day 3, in Copenhagen, we directed our energies towards ensuring the design and implementation of forest related climate change mitigation and adaptation measures are effective, efficient and equitable. The theme for Forest Day 4 in Cancún last year was "Time to Act" and fittingly captured the urgency of REDD+ and adaptation mechanisms in a global climate agreement. This year's theme was "From Policy to Practice" and directed attention to the design and details of the climate initiatives after the Cancún Agreements with a particular focus on the role of African forests in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

Host country partners

Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries strives to lead within a dynamic, united, prosperous and people-centred sector, with the aim of supporting sustainable development. The department upholds these values: to deliver excellent services, to establish a dedicated workforce acting with integrity and transparency, and to focus on people and rural development.

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is the custodian of South Africa's agriculture, fisheries and forestry resources. It is primarily responsible for the formulation and implementation of policies governing the agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors. The vision of the department is to be 'a dynamic, people-centred department, leading to the effective management of the nation's forestry resources, to meet the needs of current and future generations'. The Forestry and Natural Resources Branch within the department aims to ensure the sustainable management of the country's forest resources in order to realise their optimal social, environmental and economic benefits. It addresses South Africa's framework for sustainable development, cooperative governance and participation of local communities in forest management, as provided for by the White Paper on Sustainable Forest Development (1996), the National Forestry Action Programme (1997), the resultant National Forests Act (1998) and the National Veld and Forest Fire Act (1998).

Forestry has been recognised as one of the key sectors with the potential to contribute to poverty alleviation and economic growth and development. As a result, forestry is part of the National Industrial Policy Framework (NIPF), and the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative of South Africa (ASGI-SA). In line with the vision of the department, the Forestry and Natural Resources Branch has embarked on various programmes aimed at meeting the social and economic needs of the current and future generations while benefiting the environment.

The Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF)

The CPF consists of 14 member organisations that promote management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests, and promote strengthening political commitment to this end.

CPF co-hosts of Forest Day 5


Center for International Forestry Research(CIFOR)

The Center for International Forestry Research is a nonprofit, global facility dedicated to advancing human wellbeing, environmental conservation and equity. We conduct research that enables more informed and equitable decision making about the use and management of forests in less-developed countries.

Our research and expert analysis help policy makers and practitioners shape effective policy, improve the management of tropical forests and address the needs and perspectives of people who depend on forests for their livelihoods. Our multidisciplinary approach considers the u