IUCN is planning to convene its State and Government members, NGO members; United Nations bodies and other international cooperating partners, international and local NGOs, academic and research institutions; and the business sector from Eastern and Southern Africa to a Regional Forum to discuss the link between forests, food security and finance in a changing climate. To be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on September 20 to 23, 2011, the Regional Forum will enhance knowledge, attitudes and practice for integrating forest conservation and food security, in a context of change, in Eastern and Southern Africa.
The Forum will involve three technical sessions for knowledge and experience sharing. The themes for the three Knowledge Streams are: Forests, Landscapes and People in a Changing Climate; Food Security in a Changing Climate; and Financing in a Changing Climate.
A Green Pavilion will be organized during this forum. This will be a platform for showcasing forest-related activities that contribute to livelihoods, food security and climate change adaptation and mitigation. The Green Pavilion will give an opportunity for companies and organizations to market their innovations, technologies and projects that are related to forest and landscape management, food security, climate change, and financing.
The climax of the forum will be a regional celebration of the International Year of Forests during which the regional delegates will join South African counterparts in a publicized event within the City of Johannesburg.
It is expected that major outcomes, debates and resolutions of the Regional Forum will be taken futher to the Climate Change COP 17 in Durban, the Rio+20 in 2012, and the IUCN World Conservation Congress in 2012, among others.
The online Call for Contributions to the Knowledge Streams and the Green Pavilion closes on July 25, 2011. Please visit the Regional Conservation Forum site for more information.