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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2010) 55(1): 5
©New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Conference Report
Many sessions, long hours

Hugh Bigsby

World Forestry Congresses are held every 6 years and organised by the FAO. As would be expected for an event with this title, they are large events and cover a wide range of topics related to forestry. The 2009 World Forestry Congress held in Buenos Aires was no exception. 7000 people, 63 contributed paper sessions, 5 plenary sessions, two half-day forums, and covering everything from ecology to economics related to a theme of “Forests in development - A vital balance”. Add to this a wide variety of side events organized by NGOs, governments and international agencies, which filled lunch hours and evenings and there was something for everyone. This is the type of event to go to if you want to be able to cover a wide range of topics in one place and to be in largely interdisciplinary audiences. The only problem with this many people, you had to plan well to be assured that you could get into the sessions you wanted to go to.
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