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 underlying drivers of deforestation and degradation which often lie outside the forestry sector: forces such as agriculture, infrastructure development, trade and investment policies and law enforcement.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition modernise and improve their agriculture, forestry and fisheries. The Forestry Department champions a broad vision of sustainable forest management through policy advice, forest assessments and technical support to governments while fostering partnerships with civil society and industry in the implementation of national forest programmes.


International Tropical Timber Organization

ITTO promotes the conservation and sustainable management, use and trade of tropical forest resources. It develops internationally agreed policies and assists tropical member countries to adapt such policies to local circumstances and to implement them in the field through projects. As of 2009, it has supported more than 900 projects and activities with US $330 million in funding.


International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN is a conservation network of states, government agencies, nongovernmental organisations, scientists and experts. The goal of IUCN's Forest Conservation Programme is to enhance and optimise the contribution of forests and trees to rural poverty reduction, the long-term and equitable conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable supply of forest-related goods and services.


International Union of Forest Research Organizations

IUFRO is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental international network of forest scientists. It promotes global cooperation in forest-related research and enhances the understanding of the ecological, economic and social aspects of forests and trees. It disseminates scientific knowledge to stakeholders and decision makers and contributes to forest policy and on-the-ground forest management.


Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

The CBD Secretariat supports the implementation of the convention, which has three goals: conservation of biodiversity, sustainable use of its components, and sharing the benefits from the use of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way.

The CBD addresses forest issues directly through its expanded programme of work on forest biological diversity, with the ecosystem approach as the primary framework for action, and through its other thematic programmes of work and work on cross-cutting issues, including on traditional knowledge and protected areas.


United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat

The UNFF Secretariat provides support to the international policy dialogue on sustainable forest management. The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is an intergovernmental body on global forest policy, which promotes management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. The Secretariat works with a wide range of international organisations and stakeholders to facilitate cooperation and coordination on global forest issues. It serves as the focal point on all forest-related issues for the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and also serves as the secretariat for the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.


United Nations Development Programme

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organisation advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It operates on the ground in 166 countries. UNDP is an implementing agency for the Global Environment Facility.


United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP is the voice for the environment in the UN system. UNEP's mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and people to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP is an implementing agency for the Global Environment Facility.


World Agroforestry Centre

The World Agroforestry Centre, based in Nairobi, Kenya, is the world's leading research institution on the diverse roles trees play in agricultural landscapes and rural livelihoods. As part of our work to bring tree-based solutions to bear on poverty and environmental problems, centre researchers, working in close collaboration with national partners, have developed new technologies, tools and policy recommendations for increased food security and ecosystem health.


World Bank

The World Bank's mission is to reduce global poverty and improve living standards. Its forest strategy is built on three equally important and interlinked pillars: harnessing the potential of forests to reduce poverty, integrating forests into sustainable economic development and protecting global forest values. The World Bank is an implementing agency for the Global Environment Facility.