Speaking at the launch of this year’s Arbor Week in Mofolo Park, Soweto, on Monday, Minister Zokwana said the 14th WFC will take place at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban from 7 to 11 September 2015.
“This year, we have found it befitting to align the national launch of Arbor Week with a public announcement of the World Forestry Congress that will be hosted by South Africa during September 2015.
“As we all join our hands in preparation for this Congress, let us deliver a world-class Congress with a strong African flavour.
“I therefore encourage our communities to showcase their greening initiatives and programmes at this global event that will be on our shores. Let us show the world that South Africa and Africa can lead the world on investing in a sustainable future for future generations,” he said.
It is expected that more than 10 000 participants including policy makers, civil society, experts and practitioners in forestry and related disciplines, researchers, academics, students worldwide will attend the Congress.