The World Forestry Congress is the greatest international event concerning forestry. This year it is organized by the *Food and Agriculture Organization* of the United Nations and the country of Argentina. In June 2005 at FAO=B4s 128th session in Rome, FAO selected Argentina as the host country and organizer of the XIII World Forestry Congress, giving Argentina the title of the only country to hold the congress twice. Argentina held it= s first WFC in 1972. The FAO chose Buenos Aires due to its exceptional facilities, diverse accommodations and cultural activities. In 1926, Rome hosted the first World Forestry Congress. Since its commencement, the congress has been held every six years. The primary goal of the congress is to diagnose the overall situation of forests and forestr= y in order to distinguish trends, adapt policies and encourage awareness amon= g those involved in the forestry sector. Investigating these issues, while utilizing *"Forests in Development, a Vital Balance"* as the overall theme, the event will take place from the 18 th to the 23rd of October 2009 in a large metropolitan exposition center, known as* =93El Predio de la Rural,=94 *in the city of Buenos Aires. 3500 p= eople from over 160 countries, as well as official delegates from world nations are expected to be involved in the congress. The XIII WFC 2009 will address the contribution of forests, using social, ecological and economic perspectives of sustainable forestry management locally, regionally, and globally. Round table discussions have already bee= n prepared covering many topics, including: =93Forests and Energy=94 and =93F= orests and Climate Change.=94 Through these talks, the importance of all types of forest will be brought to attention and will contribute to sustainable development world wide. The subjects that will be discussed during the congress include: Forests and Biodiversity, Producing for Development, Forests at the Service of the People, Caring for our Forests, Development Opportunities, Organizing Forest Development, as well as, People and Forest= s in Harmony. This framework will generate plenary sessions, technical sessions, voluntee= r work, posters, simultaneous events, exhibitions, special events and post congress tours. In the exhibition center, *=93El Predio de la Rural,=94* forestry sector participants providing kiosks and participating in the overall discussions will capture the interest of potential investors. In addition, scientific and academic meetings will be held, contributing to the exchange of views and experiences between the different actors in the international forest community. The week following the congress attendees will enjoy access to a variety of excursions visiting the major forest regions of Argentina: NOA (Salta, Jujuy), NEA (Misiones, Corrientes), Delta (Buenos Aires), Northern Patagoni= a (Chubut, Neuqu=E9n, Santa Cruz and R=EDo Negro) and southern Patagonia (Tie= rra del Fuego, Santa Cruz). Argentina has 33 million hectares of native forest and 1.2 million hectares of planted forest. The country maintains a wide variety of ecosystems ranging from tropical rainforests to subtropical forests, temperate forests to arid forests, including pine, eucalyptus and salicaceae plantations. Thanks to an extensive network of protected areas, these organized trips combine the study of the diverse realities of today with visits to protecte= d woodland ecosystems throughout Argentina.
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