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The much anticipated Forestry Indaba, which the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) will be hosting with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (George Campus) from 13 to 15 July, will bring together a range of stakeholders from the forestry and related industries.  

The three-day event, which forms part of the run-up to the World Forestry Congress (WFC) scheduled for September this year, will feature the same theme and subthemes as the WFC. The event will be held under the theme “Forests and People: Investing in a Sustainable Future”.

It will also include exhibitions by industry and related stakeholders, as well as a special focus on the youth, aimed at capturing the inputs and contributions from senior students and young academics through a dynamic interactive process – a youth cafĂ©/dialogue on the second day of the Indaba.

Join in the engagement on Twitter #ForestryIndaba2015 for the Forestry Indaba and #Forests2015 for the WFC. Visit the NMMU George website ) for more details on the Indaba. Visit the XIV World Forestry Congress website at to see information about and register to attend the XIV World Forestry Congress.

The sub-themes that will be explored under the overarching theme of the WFC are:

·         Forests for socio-economic development and food security;

·         Building resilience with forests;

·         Integrating forests and other land-use;

·         Encouraging product innovation and sustainable trade;

·         Monitoring forests for better decision making;

·         Improving governance by building capacity;

·         Transformation, and  

·         Youth







Mr. T. Mathiane

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Mr Martin Loubser

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Programme of presentations

Mr. J.J. Bester

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Prof. Josh Louw

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Ms. Gugu Vabaza

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Ms .Sonia Roets

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Accommodation (on campus)

Ms. Rosita Kuschke

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General enquiries





Ms. Portia Mabuse

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Ms. Jamela Nkanyane

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Ms. Alet van Tonder

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