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Financing was a priority topic at the World Forestry Congress in Durban this week. Another was the youth and their vital role in planning and managing forestry and agriculture. The theme, investing in a sustainable future, was debated by delegates from around the world.
South Africa's minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has been awarded France's Knight of the National Order of Merit Agricol in recognition for her services to agriculture.
For the first time in its 85-year history, the World Forestry Congress will come to Africa. The congress's next gathering, held under the auspices of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, will take place in Durban in 2015.
South Africans are being urged to plant a tree to help save the planet this Arbour Week, starting on 1 September. Tree planting remains one of the most cost-effective ways of addressing climate change, thanks to trees' ability to absorb carbon dioxide.
Following a decade of neglect, South Africa is looking to its forestry industry to attract investment and create employment in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.