The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change addressed 80 Commonwealth forestry conference delegates and invited guests at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
He said: "We need look no further than the forestry sector when it comes to demonstrating leadership in the battle against climate change. The sector has deserved a well-earned reputation for being able to change with the times and to get the changes delivered with good effect."Guests included environmental film-maker, John Liu, and Forestry Commission deputy chair Tim Rollinson.
During the reception, the ICF formally presented an honorary fellowship of the Institute to Mike Dudley, head of internationalpPolicy in the Forestry Commission, and the medal of the Institute to Chris Starr, of the University of Cumbria, for services to forestry.