Local Events

Forest Science Symposium
18-20 July 2017Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
DANA Africa Investment Conference12-15 SeptemberSkukuza Conference Centre, Kruger ParkEmail: dana@dana.co.za
AGFO 2017
14-16 September 2017White River, Mpumalangawww.agfo.co.za

Knysna Timber Festival
29 September – 1 October 2017Timber Village, Knysna

International Events

Expoforest 201811-13 April 2018Sao Paulo State, BrazilEmail: comercial@malinovski.com.br
FSC General Assembly8-13 October 2017Vancouver, Canada

Events News

DANA Africa Forest Industry Investment Conference

The 2nd DANA Africa Forest Industry Conference will be held at the Skukuza Conference Centre in Kruger National Park on 12 – 13 September, 2017 and will be followed by a two-day Field Trip.

The presentation line-up includes:
• Three high profile keynote speakers:
o Ole Sand, Managing Partner of Criterion Africa Partners
o Stephen Jennings, CEO of Rendeavour Group
o Piet Van Zyl, CEO of York Timbers

• Speakers on the forestry/forest sectors of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mosambique, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda

• A forest certification panel with both FSC and PEFC presenters

• Wood Product talks – on a major international plantation forestry/pulp mill project, advanced breeding for eucalyptus sawlogs, the Africa wooden pole market, the global woodchips/biomass market and a huge African biomass energy project

• Investment presentations

All visits for a 2- day post conference field trip have been confirmed. White River based forest industry consulting firm, Forest Solutions, has been involved in the organising of the conference and field visits.

Full details of programme, speakers, online registration, venue and accommodation can be found on the website danaevents.co.nz./2017southafrica

7th Forest Science Symposium

The 7th Forest Science Symposium is being held in Pietermaritzburg from 18-20 July 2017. The event is co-hosted by the ICFR with the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) and with the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, as well as research partners including FABI, NMMU and SUN.

With a theme of ‘Research underpinning the sustainability of a diverse forestry sector’ the symposium will showcase the depth and breadth of forestry research across southern Africa. It will provide a unique opportunity for the southern African forest research community to interact with international partners and share knowledge around the work being carried out across the region.

Presentations will encompass natural forests, plantations and woodlands, the range of genera and species, geographical and environmental variation, and the diversity of people and products.

Confirmed Invited Speakers (at the time of going to press)
• Prof Gary Hodge (Director: CAMCORE & Professor of Forestry at North Carolina State University)
• Prof Bruce Sithole (Director at Forestry & Forest Products Research Centre, UKZN/CSIR)
• Prof Mike Wingfield (Director: FABI)
• Ms Cathy Sutherland (Research & Academic Leader; Development Studies UKZN)
• Dr Gillian Petrokovsky (IUFRO-SPDC & Oxford University)
• Prof Mary Scholes (Wits)
• Prof Colin Dyer (ICFR Director)
• Prof Brian Via (Auburn University)
• Dr Francois Engelbrecht (CSIR)
• Dr Andrew Morris (ICFR Research Manager)
• Janice Burns (IUFRO)

More information as well as the programme for the Symposium can be found at www.icfr.ukzn.ac.za/events

Preparing for Expoforest 2018


Work has already begun in preparation for Expoforest 2018, the biggest forestry fair in Latin America. It is being held in Sao Paulo state in Brazil from 11-13 April 2018, and will attract leading forestry operators and businesses from across the world.

Companies interested in showcasing their products and services at Expoforest 2018 should contact the commercial team at comercial@malinovski.com.br.

For more info visit www.expoforest.com.br 

AGFO Expo 2017 launched


Renate Bowers (left) from the Rotary Club of White River received a R5000 cheque from AGFO Expo chairperson and United Forest Products CEO Joey Lascelles (right). They are pictured with Claudette Ciuchini (middle) and AGFO mascots Daniel and Henry Lascelles at the AGFO Expo 2017 launch.

Mpumalanga’s own forestry and agricultural show, AGFO Expo 2017, was launched at a networking event held at the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre in White River recently.

AGFO Expo chairperson Joey Lascelles said the event would provide a trade platform for exhibitors and promote agriculture and forestry in the area, especially local businesses.

The Expo will include a networking function, an agriculture and forestry forum, product demonstrations, various competitions, ‘boeresport’, fire-fighting demonstrations and entertainment for children and adults.

For more information, visit www.agfo.co.za and the AGFO Facebook page, @AGFOExpo.

Forest Science Symposium

The 7th Forest Science Symposium takes place from the 18 – 20 July 2017, at the One Life Church in Alexandra Road, Pietermaritzburg.

This event is being hosted by the ICFR and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) and other research partners.

The theme for this year is ‘Research Underpinning the Sustainability of a Diverse Forestry Sector’ and will explore forestry research broadly, looking at natural forests, plantations and woodlands, the range of genera and species, geographical and environmental variation, and the diversity of people and products.

Presentations will highlight research initiatives from across the region’s forest research community and promote the critical role of research and technology in supporting decision-making at all levels across both public and private sectors.

This year the Symposium will incorporate new forms of knowledge sharing including panel discussions and speaker’s corners.

Coupled with this event, IUFRO is planning a three-day pre-Symposium training workshop as part of their special programme for developing capacities, entitled ‘Systematic Review in Forest Science’.

For more information contact Sally Upfold at:
sally.upfold@ukzn.ac.za or 033 386 2314, or visit www.icfr.ukzn.ac.za

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