COFO/2005/INF/7


 

COMMITTEE ON FORESTRY

SEVENTEENTH SESSION

Rome, Italy, 15-19 March 2005

PREPORT OF THE HIGH-LEVEL PANEL OF EXTERNAL EXPERTS ON FORESTRY TO THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF
THE FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

 

INTRODUCTION

1. The High-Level Panel of External Experts on Forestry met for the fourth time from 10 to 11 January 2005 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

2. At the invitation of FAO, the meeting focused on two central issues: FAO’s assistance to countries’ efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) through forest-based actions, and FAO’s support to the international dialogue on forests and global efforts to enhance sustainable forest management.

3. The following experts, participating in their personal capacities, attended the meeting: Mr. Masahiro Amano (Japan), Mr. David Bills (United Kingdom), Mr. David Kaimowitz (United States), Mr. Shirong Liu (P.R. China), Ms. Linda Mossop-Rousseau (South Africa) and Mr. Ivan Tomaselli (Brazil). Mr. Kaimowitz was elected Chairperson of the Panel. Ms. Susan Braatz, Senior Forestry Officer, FAO Forestry Department, served as Rapporteur.

4. On behalf of Mr Jacques Diouf, Director-General of FAO, Mr David Harcharik, Deputy Director-General of FAO, addressed the Panel, thanking the members for having accepted the invitation to provide their independent advice to FAO on certain areas of work in its forestry programme for the next few years. He noted the importance and timeliness of the panel members’ discussions, both in light of FAO’s review, now under way, of its activities regarding support to the achievement of the MDGs, and the critical point in the international dialogue on forests under the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF).

5. Mr. M. Hosny El-Lakany, Assistant Director-General, FAO Forestry Department, welcomed the panel members. He provided an overview of FAO’s forestry programme; summarized the activities of FAO with regard to the recommendations of the third meeting of the High-Level Panel of External Experts on Forestry, held in February 2003; and introduced the work of FAO related to the issues on the agenda of the Panel’s fourth meeting.

6. The Forestry Department’s Division Directors made short presentations on the activities of their respective divisions in relation to the MDGs, Priority Areas for Inter-disciplinary Action, and the inter-governmental forest dialogue.

7. The Panel took note of the report on the follow-up to the recommendations of the third meeting of the High-Level Panel of External Experts on Forestry and felt that FAO had, to a great extent, addressed the recommendations.

CONTRIBUTIONS OF FORESTS TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

8. The Panel considered the contributions of forests and trees outside forests to the achievement of the MDGs – the eight goals for sustainable development that emerged from the United Nations Millennium Summit held in 2000.

Millenium Development Goals

Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

Goal 5: Improve maternal health

Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Goal 8: Develop a global partnership for development.

9. The Panel recognized the following points with regard to the role of forests in achieving the MDGs:

FAO’S ROLE IN ASSISTING COUNTRIES’ EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

10. FAO has traditionally carried out many activities that have contributed to the MDGs. FAO’s experience and achievements means it is in a unique position to work with member countries to assist them to deliver on the MDGs, both directly and indirectly. The Panel recognized that FAO has sectoral mandates in food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, and forestry, and these clearly underpin the achievement of the MDGs. With regards to FAO’s role related to achieving the MDGs, the Panel concluded and recommended the following:

FAO’S CONTRIBUTION TO GLOBAL EFFORTS

TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT

11. The international dialogue on forests and other global efforts can play vital roles both in increasing awareness and understanding of how forests can help to achieve important policy goals and in supporting the implementation of concrete actions to address these goals. FAO has a central part to play in this.

12. The role of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) in the international arrangement on forests has reached a critical point. The Panel believes that, in the future, the successor of the UNFF should focus on activities that increase the profile and understanding of forest-related issues. FAO and other CPF member organizations should take the central role in supporting member countries’ efforts to implement the agreed actions. FAO should continue in its key role of leading the CPF. Looking beyond UNFF 5 in May 2005, two key issues will be to ensure adequate funding and effective collaboration for the implementation of agreed actions.

13. In relation to these issues, the Panel concluded and recommended the following:

ANNEX 1

HIGH-LEVEL PANEL OF EXTERNAL EXPERTS ON FORESTRY

Rome, Italy, 10-11 January 2005

AGENDA

1. Opening of the meeting: welcome by the Deputy Director-General of FAO

2. Introduction by the Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department

3. Discussion of the contribution of the forest sector to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

4. Consideration of FAO’s role, through the Forestry Department’s work programme and interdepartmental activities, in assisting countries’ efforts in sustainable development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

5. Perspectives regarding FAO’s contribution to global efforts to enhance sustainable forest management

6. Closure of the session

ANNEX 2

HIGH-LEVEL PANEL OF EXTERNAL EXPERTS ON FORESTRY

Rome, 10-11 January 2005

LIST OF DOCUMENTS

Main documents

 

FO:HLP/05/01

FAO’s role in Supporting Global Efforts in Sustainable Forest Management and the Achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

   
   

Information documents

 

FO:HLP/05/Inf.1

Provisional agenda

FO:HLP/05/Inf.2

List of documents

FO:HLP/05/Inf.3

Provisional timetable

FO:HLP/05/Inf.4

High-Level Panel of External Experts on Forestry Third Meeting: Report to the Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

FO:HLP/05/Inf.5

Follow-up to the Recommendations of the Third Meeting of the High-Level Panel of External Experts on Forestry

   

ANNEX 3

HIGH-LEVEL PANEL OF EXTERNAL EXPERTS ON FORESTRY

Rome, 10-11 January 2005

LIST OF MEMBERS

Mr. Masahiro Amano

Professor, Waseda University

Mikajma 2-579-15, Tokorozawa

Saitama 359-1192

Japan

tel: + 81 42 9476740

fax: + 81 42 9484314

e-mail: amano@waseda.jp

      Mr. Shirong Liu

      Vice-President, Chinese Academy of Forestry

      Beijing, 100091

      P.R.China

      tel: + 86 10-62889311 / 86-10-62889558

      fax:+ 86 10-62884229

      e-mail: liusr@forestry.ac.cn

Mr. David Bills

c/o Stohlner

32 St Ninians Rd.

Corstorphine

Edinburgh EH12-8AW

United Kingdom

tel: 07963597003

e-mail: bills.mic@virgin.net

      Ms. Linda Mossop-Rousseau

      Chief Director: Forestry

      Department of Water Affairs and Forestry

      Private Bag X93

      Pretoria 0001

      South Africa

      tel: + 27 12-3367212

      fax: + 27 12-3367240

      e-mail: MossoprousseauL@dwaf.gov.za or

      1fa@dwaf.gov.za

Mr. David Kaimowitz

Director-General

Center for International Forestry Research

P.O. Box 6596 JKPWB

10065 Jakarta

Indonesia

tel: + 62 251-622622

fax: + 62 251-622100

e-mail: dkaimowitz@cgiar.org

      Mr. Ivan Tomaselli

      STCP Engenharia de Projetos Ltda

      Rua Lysimaco Ferreira da Costa, 101 Centro Cívico
      80530-100 Curitiba – PR

      Brazil
      tel: + 55 41-2525861
      fax: +55 41-2525871
      e-mail: itomaselli@stcp.com.br

1 The full names of these conventions are: Convention on Biological Diversity, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.