Durban ICC wins bid for forestry congress

The ICC Durban in South Africa has won a bid to host the World Forestry Congress in September 2015.

The event, held every six years, is expected to attract around 10,000 delegates, who gather for a week-long programme of events and discussions focused on topics such as forests, biodiversity and water in the context of climage change.

Delegate spend at the event is estimated to be worth around £10m, according to the ICC. The city of Durban beat competitor Hyderabad in India to secure the event.

"We are extremely excited that we have won the bid to host this large conference at which many important discussions will take place regarding global forestry issues," said Jeremy Hurter, acting chief executive of the ICC Durban.

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