COFO highlights: Tuesday 25 September

Russian Federation Forest Sector Outlook Study to 2030

A new study was presented today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of the Russian Federation.  Russia has more than a fifth of the world’s forests but such resources are considerably underutilized. Forests in the Russian Federation play a crucial role as a global mitigator of climate change, as well as a significant source of timber. According to the Russian Federation Forest Sector Outlook, forest area in the Russian Federation should increase by almost 1.5 percent from 882 million hectares in 2010 to 895 million hectares by 2030, an annual increase of 660 000 hectares.

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World Forest Week events

WFW plenary events focussed on 4 topics:

  • Integrating forests with environmental and land use policies at all levels
  • Broadening the financial basis for sustainable forest management: wood and non-wood products, services, innovations, markets, investments and international instruments
  • Forests, trees and people together in a living landscape: A key to rural development
  • Sound information and knowledge base for better policies and good governance

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Other highlights

Forest plantations: towards a sustainable future was an event held to build upon the recommendations made at Rio+20 summit, which called for enhanced efforts to achieve the sustainable management of forests, and to support reforestation, restoration and afforestation. The meeting highlighted the contribution of planted forests to sustainable development and the world's growing need for timber, woodfuel, fiber, resins, food and other goods and services.

The UN-REDD programme gave a presentation on country successes and also discussed legal preparedness for REDD+.  Wood and the green economy: Forests grow solutions to global challenges was the title of a presentation by countries in the Boreal zone. Wildlife management in Sub-Saharan Africa was also discussed with presentations from FAO staff, the International Foundation for Wildlife Management and the Minister for Sustainable Development, Forestry and the Environment of the Republic of Congo, Minister Henri Djombo.  Representatives from Senegal and Gabon were also on the panel.

last updated:  Monday, October 15, 2012