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New Generation Plantations annual meeting #NGP2019 about to start - Africa’s Social Prosperity and Landscapes - newgenerationplantations.org/en/events/22
Pedro Dzucula - National Director of Agriculture and Silviculture on behalf of the Mozambican Government’s Ministry of Agriculture, formally opening #NGP2019
Harrison O Kojwang of @FSC_Africa giving the first keynote #NGP2019
Great slides from Harrison - Africa has 17% of global forest cover but global (economic) value share is 2.8% #NGP2019
Analysis of historic and modern challenges for African forestry and barriers to investment #FSC2019 @FSC_Africa
Two success stories - Gabon, government push for certification and Uganda Timber Growers Assoc #NGP2019 - great recognition for Denis and the team at @UUtga
Concluding remarks from Harrison @FSC_Africa #NGP2019 - I agree !
Joao Lé - 3 main issues for Portucel in Mozambique - Transparency in operations - creating shared value with local communities - logistics and infrastructure #NGP2019
Brent Corcoran of @mondigroup - “Business cannot succeed in a society that fails” #NGP2019
Two scary graphs from Brent - Fire and Pest & Diseases in S Africa - and highlighting water scarcity - #NGP2019
. @patricknm1 from New Forest Company in Uganda - Key Challenges & “What we’ve learnt” - local knowledge is vital #NGP2019
And opportunities and impacts in East Africa - “Outgrower schemes are really important to us” @patricknm1
Finn Jacobsen of APSD, forestry plantations company in Ghana. Highlighting the importance of good governance as the foundation for sustainable plantations #NGP2019
“ Circa 500,000 people work in Ghana’s charcoal industry, driving deforestation - We need to move from talk to action. “ #NGP2019
“NGP is the best model for the development of sustainable plantations” #NGP2019
Q&A - @patricknm1 answering question about land access - “Paperwork & legality of land tenure can be quite clear, but the practical implementation on the ground is a completely different issue. “
Cesar Tique from @AfDB_Group on the challenges and opportunities of blended finance for forestry investment #NGP2019
How the @AfDB_Group fund will work - good to see focus on communities-
Vera Assad from @IFCAfrica - #NGP2019 - IFC have invested 1.5 billion dollars since 2009 in forestry projects.
Assad - “How do we make commercial investment in African Forestry happen ?” - No 1 solution - “work with communities” #NGP2019
Mark Lundell from @WorldBank - Why are we interested in forestry - annual global demand for industrial wood will increase 4x from 1.5 billon cubic metres to 6 billion by 2050
Opportunities and Challenges in Mozambique -
Fernando Carvalho from Millenium BIM - Final speaker in this finance and investment section of #NGP2019 - “For MZB, the forestry sector can be one way to diversify away from oil and gas.”
Interesting Q&A on finance and investment in African plantations - economic development, interest rates, creating shared value, land access, transparency, risk, small holders, producers associations - important recurring themes
Good governance at all levels - local, regional and national is absolutely crucial #NGP2019
At the risk of self publicity ... I wrote a blog about some of the business challenges for sustainable forestry in Uganda - Some of the challenges have been discussed this morning #NGP2019 newgenerationplantations.exposure.co/ugandas-timber…
Back after lunch - #NGP2019 continues - Cecile Ndjebet from African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests - “We need plantations to help drive sustainable economic development at a community level”
“Access to land and land tenure especially for woman is crucial “ - some more info about Cecile’s work here wocan.org/cecile-wocan-1…
“We need to get communities on-board - Africa has a young population, we need to tell them about forestry” Cecile Ndjebet
How forest plantations can be a source for economic development - Milagre Nuvunga cofounder of Micaia Foundation - @18mila60 #NGP2019
“We need to ensure SME’s & the whole supply web, are included in the thinking, at the very beginning of plantation development projects “ Milagre Nuvunga
“We need to look beyond our landholdings, and engage with wider stakeholders and that will help us to work better with communities within our landholdings”
We need - Shared value - Shared vision - Shared commitment #NGP2019
Final session this afternoon - smaller group discussions about specific plantation projects in S Africa, Mozambique, Uganda and Ghana #NGP2019
Feedback session at the end of today’s #NGP2019 Annual Meeting in Maputo - more tomorrow :)
Day 2 of #NGP2019 - very privileged to be Chairing this morning’s session on the #bioeconomy
First Key Note speaker Pierre Bouillon from @FAOForestry on the implications of the bioeconomy on the forestry value chain #NGP2019
Interesting definition of green economy and bioeconomy #NGP2019
Extraction of raw materials increased 10 times during 20th Century - this will double again by 2050 - #NGP2019 #bioeconomy
Key components for a sustainable #Bioeconomy @Marcpalahi #NGP2019
“2/3 of textiles are based from fossil fuels - we could be making them from woods fibres” - Like this famous @europeanforest T-Shirt efi.int/articles/efi-c…
A real privilege to be able to Chair this morning’s plenary session - 7 great speakers & challenging questions from the floor
Steve Germishuizen - African Forestry Assurance Scheme - some very familiar certification challenges ! #UKWAS #NGP2019
Gary Dunning @forestsdialogue speaking on the benefits of Landscapes Dialogue - Explore - Exchange - Change #NGP2019
Closing speech from his excellency Higinio de Marrule - Mozambique’s Minister for Agriculture and Food Security #NGP2019
A really successful #NGP2019 closed yesterday evening - I missed a few of the speakers from this twitter thread because I was chairing the Wednesday morning session - so I will add them now ...
Charles Nyanjui - Chair of Farm Forestry Smallholders Assosciarion of Kenya ffspak.org/about-us/
Some familiar challenges for smallholders - access to land and finance are key - Quality data on Timber Statistics also vital ! #NGP2019
Eurico Cruz from MozFIP - Mozambique Forestry Investment Project - Eurico studyed at @BUForestry #NGP2019
Pierre Bouillon from @FAOForestry speaking about a value chain approach to forest finance - Forestry has a “basket of value chains - not simply timber or carbon” the challenge is how to get income from these other products & services #NGP2019
Great fact from Pierre “there are circa 60,000 tree species in the world, but we only really know the timber & fibre values for about 400 species - there is so much potential to be explored “ 🌳🌲🌳🌲🌳🌲
Prof Bruce Sithole - Director of CSIR Forestry and Forest Products - speaking about bio-refining & getting maximum value from harvested trees - sawdust is a major “waste” issue in many African sawmills forestry.co.za/research-csir/
Sawdust in UK (& elsewhere) is a valuable co-product and used as a raw material for a range of “board products” including MDF. Also as an energy source - convertes into briquettes it could help reduce charcoal demand.
Final speaker (sorry no photo) Muino Takidir lecturer at University Eduardo Mondale - giving an overview of opportunities & challenges for plantation forestry in Mozambique- land availability a recurring challenge - 85K Ha (2019) of plantations to 1MHa (2030) is a huge jump
My 3 thoughts as Chair of this session on the bioeconomy & African plantations (1) there is huge demand for forest products - nearly 1 million tonnes of fuel wood per wk in Uganda - global demand for forest products set to triple by 2050. How do we meet that demand sustainably?
2) Value - What (goods & services) do we value in our forests & plantations - How do we value (& measure) them - Who is going to pay ? #NGP2019
3) Role of government & governance (at all levels) - Government one of the biggest consumers of forest products, also creates the infrastructure for plantations - regulatory, support payments etc & physical, roads & rail. #NGP2019
Really enjoyed Chairing these 2 sessions - great privilege to listen & chat to these experts & take questions from an informed & interested audience #NGP2019
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