ICF National Conference: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry
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ICF National Conference: The UK’s Role in Global Forestry

Past, Present and Future

10/04/2019 to 11/04/2019
When: Wednesday, 10- Thursday 11 April 2019
All day
Where: Examination Schools
75-81 High Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire  OX1 4BG
United Kingdom

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Forests are increasingly being relied upon to provide a sustainable future for the planet. The UK has a remarkable influence on the global forestry stage and, with its National Conference in 2019, the Institute is once again leading the way in preparing the forestry profession for the future.

On day two of the Conference, Dr Tony Juniper CBE HonFSE CEnv, Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK, will address Session 5 in Do Professional Foresters Matter?, a lecture exploring how foresters are viewed by those working in sustainability.

There will also be panel question sessions and discussions and a video address from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, as well as a Ministerial Address by Dr Thérèse Coffey MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).


“The ICF’s 2019 national conference will provide a timely opportunity to consider the importance of the UK’s role in global forestry. Next year marks the centenary of the 1919 Forestry Act and, whilst touching on the past, the conference’s exciting array of international speakers will highlight the significance of the UK forestry sector today and going forward.” 

Conference Chair Geraint Richards MVO MICFor, Head Forester at Duchy of Cornwall Woodlands


Also speaking from around the world:

Georges Bazongo,West Africa Director, Tree Aid, Burkina Faso

Alexander Buck, Executive Director, IUFRO, Austria

Rachel Butler, Executive Director, Global Timber Forum, UK

Rob de Fégley, President, Institute of Foresters, Australia

Professor Sandra Harding, Vice-Chancellor & President of James Cook University, Australia

Steve Jennings, Partner, 3Keel, UK

Professor Anna Lawrence MICFor, Forestry and Arboriculture Research Consultant, UK

Robert Matthews, Forest Research, UK

Duncan Pollard MICFor, Head of Sustainability, Nestlé, Switzerland

Lacey Rose RPF, Forester and Co-Founder of Women in Wood, Canada

Luis Nevis Silva, New Generations Plantations Project Leader, WWF, Portugal

Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow at World Resources Institute; Co-author of “Why Forests, Why Now”, USA

Berry Wiersum, CEO, Sappi Europe

Click the link to find out more, and to book your ticket.

Interviews with some of the conference speakers can be found here


The Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF) are a professional body licensed by the Society for the Environment to award Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) status

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