Daily highlights: Wednesday 26 September

The Secretariat presented the documents COFO/2012/5.1 and COFO/2012/5.2, on Rio+20 and wood energy, respectively. The Committee requested FAO to seek ways to maximize forests’ contribution to greening the economy, noting that this is just one of several approaches to sustainable development, and work on cross-sectoral communication and collaboration with UNEP, ITTO, regional economic organizations and others.  It welcomed the FAO International Conference on Forests for Food Security to be held in 2013 and endorsed the FAO recommendations on wood energy with the inclusion of a reference to technology transfer.

Regarding the items, “Integrating forests with environmental and land use policies at all levels and 6b. Forests, Trees and People Together in a Living Landscape: a key to rural development”. The Committee welcomed the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests and invited member countries to implement them. The Committee supported actions towards the achievement of the Bonn Challenge. The Committee supported the transition of the National Forest Programme Facility to the Forest & Farm Facility. The Committee invited countries to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between forestry and other key land use sectors at all levels. The Committee invited the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) to make strengthening cross sectoral collaboration in forestry the focus of its next analysis in the context of the Global Forest Expert Panels initiative.

The Committee supported the work of FAO to strengthen forest and natural resources information systems to better support evidence-based and future-oriented policy making and to make measurable progress towards SFM. The Committee recommended FAO to support national efforts to strengthen the financial basis for sustainable forest management (SFM) through various activities as specified in the document COFO/2012/6.4. The Committee also discussed the Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW) for the period 2012-2015.

Side events

Opening of the Share Fair: Presentation of the FAO Forestry programme

At this opening event of the first World Forest Week share fair, delegates learnt more about FAO Forestry’s activities, projects and programmes using a methodology called speed geeking.This is a large group method to very quickly expose participants to an organization’s work through 4 minute informal presentations. 

Many other side events were held on topics ranging from watershed management, forest monitoring for REDD+ in Paraguay, forest information tools for improved decision-making to fire management, degradation and climate change.  The UNECE/FAO Forest and Timber Section held a seminar on the forest sector and economy in the ECE region.  

last updated:  Monday, October 15, 2012