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CFC 2010

Every four or five years since the first conference was held in London, in 1920, a Commonwealth Forestry Conference is held in one of the Commonwealth countries. As a result of these regular meetings, Commonwealth countries are able to confront common issues as one, finding new ways to work together and share the latest research and best practices. The Commonwealth Forestry Conferences are held to stimulate innovative solutions to the major forest-related issues faced around the Commonwealth. The collaborative initiatives that were born at these conferences promote the search for answers to global questions.

The 18th Commonwealth Forestry Conference with the theme of “Restoring the Commonwealth’s Forests: Tackling Climate Change” took place in Edinburgh, UK from 28 June to 2 July 2010. The Conference was hosted by the Forestry Commission on behalf of the UK Government, and more than 400 people from more than 40 countries around the world attended. The Conference explored the numerous challenges facing forests and society. The Conference presented examples of how to restore degraded forest landscapes, and demonstrated how forest restoration can provide real, tangible and deliverable solutions for the world.
It brought together leading industry experts, policy makers, practitioners and researchers, to talk about this conference’s main theme. There were several topics, including Community Engagement, Governance, and the REDD+ program of the United Nations. More information about the conference can be found on the official website.

We discussed the conference in several discussion threads. A list of these threads, linking to the actual discussions, is given here:
Poll: Which sessions should we visit
Are you going to the Commonwealth conference and would you like to meet up with network members?
John Liu on Climate Change – an interview
Looking Back - the CFC Blog

To offer the network members a chance to experience the conference without attending it, we set up a conference blog. This blog can be found here.

Field trip to the Great Trossachs area

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