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First online Commonwealth Forestry Conference points the way to the future

After three days of intensive and wide-ranging discussions the 20th Commonwealth Forestry Conference was brought to a close by CFA President, Professor John Innes.  With the innovative online format, coordinated by the University of British Columbia, hailed by many participants as the way for the meeting to be held in the future, the CFC brought together more than 420 delegates (34 % of them students) from 50 countries covering 17 time zones.

All of the sessions were recorded (another CFC first) and will be available on the CFC website at cfc2021.ubc.ca until January 31, 2022.

Highlights of the CFC included:

  • 10 Keynote Speakers, 5 distinguished speakers for opening and closing ceremonies
  • 2 Special Sessions with 11 invited speakers
  • 180 Presenters (oral and poster presentations)
  • 3 Minute Talk Challenge for students: 1 slide, 3 minutes each, 13 contestants from around the world

Conference topics included:  Bioeconomy and Ecosystem services, Education and Careers, Communicating forestry to outside audiences, Climate change, Technology and Innovation, Indigenous and Community forestry, Conservation valuation, Old-growth management, and Urban Forestry, plus meetings of IUFRO Divisions 6 and 9: Social aspects, forest policy and economics.

Holding the meeting online meant that the CFC’s carbon emission savings amounted to more than 200 passenger vehicles driving for one year, or one passenger vehicle driving for 3.5 Million kilometers!

Visit the CFC website at cfc2021.ubc.ca to see a range of outputs from the meeting.


The CFA is a partner in a new initiative, The Queen's Commonwealth Canopy,  in which Commonwealth citizens are leading the world in efforts to protect the forest – forest that their communities and the planet as a whole depend on.  

The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy will show that, irrespective of geography, economy, culture or tenure, solutions exist to the threats facing these critical ecosystems.   For more information visit the QCC website.

Our Patron His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales

The Commonwealth Forestry Association is pleased to announce that His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, has become our new Patron following news that Her Majesty, The Queen wished to step down from the position.  We would like to record our thanks to Her Majesty for her commitment and support to the CFA since she became Patron in 1952 as we look forward to working closely with our new Patron.

Professor John Innes, CFA President 

“The objective of the CFA is to promote the conservation and sustainable management of the world's forests and the contributions they make to peoples’ livelihoods…..”

“A particularly important aspect of the CFA is the links that are being forged between forestry professionals and civil society”.

Read why Professor Innes supports the CFA


Recent publications

International Forestry Review - March 2022  

CFA Newsletter - June 2022


Key drivers of LULCC in co-managed and government managed forest reserves in Malawi (1999–2018)  M.F.K. GONDWE, P.W.C. CHIRWA, M.A. CHO, C.J. GELDENHUYS and R.P. TSHIDZUMBA

Estimating wildfire suppression costs: a systematic review  W. MATTIOLI, C. FERRARA, E. LOMBARDO, A. BARBATI, L. SALVATI and A. TOMAO

An estimation of national charcoal production: the case of Ghana  K.S. NKETIAH, J. ASANTE and C.P. HANSEN

Community forestry in Nepal: a critical review  G. PAUDEL, J. CARR and P.G. MUNRO

Reviewing the prospects of forest decentralization in Indonesia after the Omnibus Law  R. RAMADHAN, M.H. DAULAY and


REDD+: analysis of its components through a systematic review of scientific literature from Brazil and Indonesia  F.R. RIVA, M. PAES-DE-SOUZA and E. TALAMINI

Global progress towards sustainable forest management: bright spots and challenges  K. SHONO and Ö. JONSSON

Public awareness and willingness to pay (WTP) for forest conservation in Malaysia  M.S. SIN, M. KAMALUDIN, W.H. QING and M. ABDULLAH

Understanding community awareness, knowledge and perceived importance of Land-Use Plans and Village Land Forest Reserves in the context of REDD+ in Tanzania  A.J. UISSO, P.W. CHIRWA, P.A. ACKERMAN and L. MBWAMBO

Where are the foresters?
Association News
• Discussion of March’s lead
• CFC survey results
• The role of forests in vulture
Forest Scenes
• Lessons from Indonesia
• Zambia
• Africa’s Great Green Wall
• Bringing the tui back to town
• Phantom forests
• The State of the World’s Forests
• Tree Talk
Around the World


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