Committee on Forestry 2010/World Forest Week 2
At the recent Committee on Forestry 2010, fair-trade coffee sustainably produced by indigenous communities was sold at coffee stands. How do you like your coffee?
Do you ever wonder how much paper is produced each year? Where is it produced and where does it go? At the recent Committee on Forestry, Mr Felice Padovani from the FAO Forestry Statistics Team engaged participants in face-to-face dialogue, based on an "along-the-corridors", open-space approach aiming to give non-technical users a straight-forward understanding of the process of assembling the facts on forest products."The facts on forest products?," you may ask. Watch this video and find out.
On 16 November 2010, a Forest Industries Investment and Financing Forum will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Back-to-back with the Forum, a Bioenergy Seminar will be held on 17 November 2010. Targeted to the private sector, the events aim to promote investment opportunities while looking at wood as a renewable energy resource. For more information: http://www.fao.org/forestry/trade/65882/en/
"Forests are seen as a victim of climate change. Actually, forests should be seen as a carbon absorber. They are an asset which should be made competitive in a market economy". Mexico and Indonesia have a lot to say on climate change mitigation and beyond. Discover why they hold the key in a video presented by Alberto Sandoval, REDD coordinator working for FAO's Natural Resources Department. For more information: http://www.fao.org/forestry/en
“The future of forests is in your hands. You are the key!” Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General at FAO’s Forestry Department, opened the 20th session of the Committee on Forestry/World Forest Week 2 highlighting the importance of realizing that “forests are primarily about people.” In fact, “You are the key” is the slogan of this year’s COFO. Click to watch the video and listen to COFO delegates explaining why.
Publications are key in order to highlight the social values of forests - from their environmental services to poverty reduction. Two major pieces of work were launched during the Committee on Forestry 2010: the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (also known as FRA) and the World Atlas of Mangroves. Follow Susy Tafuro and Valentina Delle Fratte as they give a short tour of the wealth of publications available from FAO's Forestry Department.
Professor Gerard Buttoud (University of Tuscia, Italy) presents an event that will be held within the upcoming Committee on Forestry (COFO) 2010 meeting at FAO headquarters, Rome.
Improving livelihoods, increasing employment, improving nutrition at the same time as cutting carbon emissions and hanging on to the forests: it can be done! Watch the interview with Tony Juniper, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic's Green magazine and current adviser for the Prince of Wales' Rainforests Project.
Forests can answer the challenge posed by climate change, proving to be a source of bioenergy, whilst keeping biodiversity where we enjoy it most, i.e. on our planet. Watch the interview with Michael Peter, Executive Director, Forestry, South Africa, speaking on behalf of the Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products (ACPWP).
Watch the interview with Hans Thiel, ex Vice-Minister for the Environment in Ecuador now working for all Latin America as Forestry Officer based at the Investment Centre of FAO. Hans Thiel explains that the global dialogue on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, also known as REDD, poses an enormous challenge and opportunity to the forestry community. “It is now time to position forests and forestry on the highest political agenda of the countries,” says Thiel.