“Forests in development - a vital balance” is the theme of this XIIIth World Forestry Congress and it will be tackled from the social, ecological and economic perspectives. This will provide an opportunity to analyze this natural resource’s functions on the local, regional and global scales. The relevance of every type of forest and its contribution to the planet’s sustainable development will be stressed. Internationally renowned speakers, academic institutions, producers, environmentalists, indigenous and rural people, forest managers, technical experts and policy makers will be summoned to share ideas on forestry and offer a truly global view on the future of world’s forests.
In June 2005, during its 128th session, the Council of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) selected the Republic of Argentina as host country and organizer of the XIIIth World Forestry Congress. This event – held every six years – will take place from 18 – 23 October 2009, and is expected to attract about 6,000 participants from more than 160 countries.