Civil Society Alternative Programme
- Civil Society Alternative Programme
CSAP - Civil Society Alternative Programme of Events and Activities during WFC2015
Durban, 7-11 September 2015
Forest protection deliberations under the UNFCCC and the UNFF have not delivered what is needed to save the worlds' forests. Following the empty outcomes of previous meetings, the WFC2015 could be a defining moment for pro-forest and anti fake forest activism.
Context The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (UN FAO) is to hold the 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC2015) in Durban, South Africa from 7-11 September 2015. The South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) is the local host of the event, which has traditionally provided a space for promoting the global timber industry, and where there are few opportunities for engagement by civil society, especially representatives of local communities, workers and volunteer groups with limited financial resources, yet who represent those that are most severely impacted by timber industry investments and activities. The Timberwatch Coalition of South African NGOs is working together with its member organisations as well as local and international allies and supporters to organise an alternative programme of events and activities in parallel with the WFC.
The programme The civil society Alternative Programme will offer participants an opportunity to learn from like-minded groups and individuals from around the world, to share information about their own particular challenges, and compare solutions and strategies that they are implementing or campaigning for in their own communities and countries.
Within the general theme: ‘Making the voices of global civil society heard and heeded’, the planned five day programme will offer a range of activities centred on daily themes. These activities will include oral presentations and videos, panel discussions, displays, training workshops and exhibitions.
The themes proposed for the five days are:
- Deforestation - Root causes of forest loss and degradation
- Fake Forests - Impacts of industrial tree plantations on natural systems
- Disrespecting Rights - How industrial timber production affects communities
- Land Grabbing - The social and ecological effects of land dispossession
- The Way Forward – Implementing realistic solutions that will work
A Day of Global Action will be on Thursday September 10th, as a joint event between international and South African civil society to raise awareness and to voice their concerns.
An Information and Support Centre will be centrally situated in an inviting space at the entrance to the Durban Botanic Gardens. This will be where civil society programme participants will be able to register and receive their information packs. It will have places to meet and to advertise events and activities, share information materials, brief participants and volunteers, and report-back sessions
A Media and Communications hub will provide a quiet space with internet access for groups and media representatives to distribute press releases as well as for holding media conferences.
Group Outings to visit local forests, plantations and pulp mills will be arranged by volunteers from local environmental organisations.
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