About two-thousand delegates from almost all member countries of the United Nations are attending the Seventh World Forestry Congress, organised by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the U.
GV PAN San Martin Theatre
SV PAN President Lanusse greeted and up steps
CU Forestry conference emblem and sign
GV INT Delegates seated
SV Forestry conference emblem, TILT DOWN TO GV Lanusse and delegates on dais
GV Delegates seated
SV Chinese delegates listening
LV Lanusse speaks
SV Delegates applaud
SV & ???V Timber lorry arrives at port (2 shots)
MV Forklift truck carries logs
SV Logs being measured
GV Forklift truck tips logs into sea
GV & LV ZOOM IN TO GV Workers on logs in sea (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN TO SV & SV PAN River eroding land stripped of trees (2 shots)
MV, SV & GV PAN Delegates talking after meeting (3 shots)
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Background: About two-thousand delegates from almost all member countries of the United Nations are attending the Seventh World Forestry Congress, organised by the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the U.N., in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 4 to 18 October.
The conference is dealing with the ecological, conservation and commercialisation aspects of forestry, with the aim of drawing up an "action plan" for the next years.
Argentine President Alejandro Lanusse attended the opening ceremony on Wednesday (4 October) - the first such meeting ever to be held in South America.
One area of concern among the delegates is the possibility of conflict between industrialised nations and "third world" countries over exploitation, and possible over-exploitation, of natural resources. In the past, attempts by the industrialised countries to limit pollution and over-sue resources, has been viewed by less developed countries as a threat to their development.
A delegation from The People's Republic of China is attending the conference. A spokesman for the Peking delegation, which is headed by the Vice-Minister for Agriculture, Lian Chang-Wu, said "we have come to learn. It is the first time we have attended a FAO meeting."
The delegates will be considering more than 60 separate reports prepared by FAO experts, including studies of ecological and biological problems, which will further some of the discussions begun at the Stockholm Conference on the Environment in June.
SYNOPSIS: Almost two-thousand delegates assembled in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Wednesday--for the start of the seventh World Forestry Congress...Argentine President Alejandro Lanusse was on hand for the official opening of the conference--the first to be held in Latin America.
The United Nations-sponsored conference is dealing with the ecological, conservation and commercialism of forestry, with the aim of drawing up an "action plan" for the next six years.
For the first time a delegation from The People's Republic of China is attending a Forestry Congress. Almost all member countries of the U.N. have a delegation at the conference.
Many of the countries which are only just beginning to develop large forestry operations, may consider this development to be threatened by proposals of the more highly industrialised countries to limit the over-exploitation of natural resources. The timber industry in the Ivory Coast represents that country's largest single export. In the part, conflict has been generated between these two groups of nations over misuse of the environment.
In the United States, attempts are still underway to correct the damage done by indiscriminate clearing of forest land. Erosion can out away large areas of land when the protective trees are removed.
To reach a balance between the greatest exploitation of natural resources without doing irreparable damage, is one of the most important issues facing this year's conference....The delegates will be considering more than sixty separate reports, including studies of ecological and biological problems, in formulating their recommendations.