Committee on Forestry 2012
COFO highlights: Thursday 27 September
Nepali activist wins CPF Wangari Maathai Award
The first Wangari Maathai Award was given to a forestry activist from Nepal, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, to recognize his efforts to promote community forest management. The Wangari Maathai Awards were established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), of which FAO is an active member, to recognize the efforts to improve and sustain forests and to honour the memory of Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Kurshida Begum with Assistant-Director General, Eduardo Rojas-BrialesThis year the jury decided to give a special Honourable Mention prize of $2,000 to Kurshida Begum of Bangladesh for her exceptional efforts in helping women of her village form a community patrol group alongside forest department guards to protect the forests and biodiversity of the Tenkaf Wildlife Sanctuary from illegal logging and poaching.
The Committee welcomed the report on the review of the activities of forest and rangeland bodies in the Near East region. The Committee endorsed the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) Long-Term Strategy as reviewed by the six Regional Forestry Commissions. The Committee supported the FAO Forestry Department’s efforts to strengthen and build a more comprehensive fire management programme. The Committee considered the implications of the decisions and recommendations of FAO bodies when addressing Item 9.b. on programme priorities for FAO in Forestry.
The Committee provided its guidance to the Strategic Thinking Process and the formulation of the Strategic Objectives (SOs) for the consideration of the 145th session of the FAO Council. The Committee considered the revised draft of Strategic Objective 2 and requested FAO to integrate forests into the SOs more strongly. The Committee decided that the next session should be held in 2014 in accordance with the rules and procedure of the Committee and requested the Secretariat to propose the exact date in consultation with the Steering Committee.