The International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) Division 5 Conference, held in Cairns provided a unique opportunity to learn from experts in forest research, share knowledge, and establish connections with other forestry professionals. The event is also a platform to discuss and collaborate on solutions to global challenges related to sustainable forest management and responsibly sourced forest products.
Responsible Wood’s strong commitment to promoting sustainable practices in the forestry industry was on display at the conference’s grand opening, with Responsible Wood’s Sustainability Manager, Matt de Jongh, delivering the keynote speech, emphasizing the significance of responsible forestry and the sustainable use of forest resources.
2023 IUFRO conference delegates: this marks the first time the conference has been held in Australia.
Matt de Jongh expressed his gratitude with being offered the keynote address, stating,
“We were pleased to participate in, and sponsor, the IUFRO Conference, which brought together experts and stakeholders from around the world to discuss the sustainable utilisation of forest products. It was a remarkable opportunity to collaborate, share insights, and drive positive change in the industry.”
“Responsible Wood’s involvement with the event reflects our dedication to promoting responsible forestry practices. By supporting events like this conference, we aim to raise awareness about the importance of sustainably sourcing and utilizing forest products. We believe that sustainable practices are crucial for the long-term health of our forests, as well as for the economic and social well-being of communities that depend on them.”
The conference served as a platform for showcasing innovation in the forest products sector. Participants explored various avenues, including technological breakthroughs and novel manufacturing techniques, to enhance the sustainable use of forest resources.
Responsible Wood’s Matt de Jongh delivers the conference keynote address.
Matt de Jongh acknowledged the significance of these advancements, commenting,
“Innovation plays a pivotal role in driving sustainable forest product development and adoption. By embracing new technologies and practices, we can optimise resource allocation, reduce waste, and minimise our environmental footprint.”
Organising such an event requires significant effort, and IUFRO should be commended for their efforts in bringing together industry leaders, researchers, and policymakers. Through collaborative efforts and a shared commitment to sustainability, those in the forest industry have the opportunity to create a future where forest products play a pivotal role in driving economic growth, supporting communities, and preserving our precious natural resources. Matt de Jongh reflected on the role of the conference for the industry moving forward,
“By supporting events such as this, we continue to advocate for a future where forests are nurtured, protected, and managed in a manner that benefits both the environment and society, and that remains economically viable,”
Promoting forest certification: Matt de Jongh with meeting with delegates at the Responsible Wood exhibit.