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Africa’s first World Forestry Congress under way in Durban

08 September 2015


The 14th World Forestry Congress got under way on Monday in Durban with a march past hundreds of firefighters.

African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on the left with National Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana walk along the International Convention center in Durban as they took part in the opening of the XIV World Forestry Congress which will run until the 11 September 2015. Picture Phumlani Thabethe

African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on the left with National Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana walk along the International Convention center in Durban as they took part in the opening of the XIV World Forestry Congress which will run until the 11 September 2015. Picture Phumlani Thabethe

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.

Read the full article from the Citizen.

 

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