Guyana to host 28th session of Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission
At the invitation of the government of Guyana, the 28th session of the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC) will be held in Georgetown from 9 to 13 September, 2013 at the Guyana International Conference Center (GICC).
Over 80 delegates from Latin America and the Caribbean region, including a number of high level representatives of several United Nations agencies and international, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are expected to attend.
The Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC) serves as a forum for countries to analyze important regional forestry issues and to exchange knowledge and expertise. It meets every two years. The last session was held in 2012 in Paraguay.
Based on national and regional priorities, the mandate of the LACFC is to advise the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations on the forestry programme to be developed in the region. This includes the formulation of policies for the sustainable management of forests and wildlife and to analyze, facilitate and coordinate their execution at a regional level.
In addition, the Commission aids in the exchange of information and, through special bodies such as technical cooperation networks, advises on suitable practices and actions with regard to technical problems and makes appropriate recommendations in relation to these matters.
The Commission also establishes mechanisms to strengthen cooperation between FAO regional offices and headquarters and countries in the region on issues pertaining to forestry, so that countries can guide the FAO in the creation and implementation of regional and global forestry programmes.
During the last LACFC meeting in 2012, emphasis was placed on the importance of effective forest governability in order to prevent deforestation and the illegal logging of forests and to improve conditions for sustainable forest development.