08 September 2015
The 14th World Forestry Congress got under way on Monday in Durban with a march past hundreds of firefighters.
The opening ceremony was addressed by the chairperson of the African Union Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, director-general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN Jose Graziano da Silva and FAO special ambassador for Forests and the Environment, Prince Laurent of Belgium, before South African Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana officially declared the congress open.
Other highlights of the day included the planting of the millionth tree in South Africa’s Million Trees Programme, an address by South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and the release by the FAO of the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015.
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