Committee on Forestry 2014
Forests provide many socioeconomic benefits, including food, energy and shelter: basic human needs. To sustain the products and services that help meet these and other needs, forests must be sustainably managed.
COFO 22 will review the state of the world’s forests, focusing on their socioeconomic benefits and related questions, including income and employment; ownership and management rights; wood energy and forest products in housing. In this context, it will examine forest policy measures that promote sustainable production and consumption; access to resources, markets and financing; equitable benefit sharing; and valuation of forest products and services.
As the full range of forests’ contributions to sustainable development are often not recognized or properly valued, they are not always reflected in the broader development agenda. COFO 22 will provide an opportunity for member countries to consider ways of promoting forests’ contributions to global developmental objectives and ensuring that they feed into global negotiation processes. These include:
The meeting will also discuss progress in implementing earlier decisions and consider FAO’s programme priorities for forestry in light of the Organization’s new Strategic Framework. It will specifically address work on climate change, REDD, boreal forests and dryland forests.
World Forest Week 4
For the fourth time, COFO will be held in conjunction with World Forest Week - a series of meetings and events sponsored by FAO and its partner organizations and institutions. The World Forest Week is an opportunity for sharing state-of-the-art knowledge and major accomplishments and achievements.
Committee on Forestry
The Committee on Forestry is the highest FAO Forestry statutory body. The biennial sessions of COFO bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action.
Rules of procedure
FAO member countries who have not yet submitted their COFO membership notification form are encouraged to do so. Click here to access the form.