Within the FAO Forestry Department, the Forest Economics, Policy and Products Division is responsible, among other issues, for the management and development of forest industries that are suitable for individual countries.
The division promotes integrated industries tailored for different local and regional markets and their available raw material resources, as a means of fostering rural development and environmentally sound sustainable management of forests in developing countries.
The wood-based forest industry (pulp, paper and wood products) is a major component of economic and social development worldwide.
The FAO Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) constitutes a major link between FAO and private forest industries.
| | 25 June 2014
The FAO Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) met for the 55th time in St. Petersburg, the Russian Federation on 10 June 2014. FAO wishes to thank RAO BUMPROM ( Russian Association of Pulp & Paper Organizations and Enterprises ) for their high degree of professionalism in organizing the meeting. Attendance included industry associations, executives, and international research organizations from 20 countries. The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) held its Annual Meeting the following day. The global challenges on food security, poverty, biodiversity, water, energy and climate, have highlighted the important role for the forestry and forest products industries in addressing these challenges. "The industry has been directly and indirectly contributing solutions to these challenges for decades and we must increase awareness of this among consumers, NGOs and policymakers" said Michael Peter, Chairman of the ACSFI. [more