Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries

The Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) is a FAO statutory body composed of senior executives from the private industry sector worldwide. It meets yearly with the main objective of providing guidance on activities and programme of work of the FAO Forestry Department on issues relevant to the paper and forest products industry, in support of member countries efforts to progress towards sustainable development. 

The membership of FAO-ACSFI includes heads of forest industry and forest growers’ associations, as well as company executives from approximately 20 countries. A list of members and their countries is available here

The Climate Change mitigation potential of forest products

©www.forestrysouthafrica.co.za Forest products, from paper to pellets and from sawnwood to cross-laminated timber, offer solutions to contribute to climate change, through carbon storage as well as substitution of less climate-friendly products. On 4 November 2020, FAO’s Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI), in collaboration with the FAO’s Forest Technical Network, organized a webinar to provide insights on what is known and what remains uncertain on the potential for forest products to provide carbon mitigation benefits. Read more here.

Private sector calls for sustainable forest products to be key to COVID-19 recovery

©FAO/B.Caldwell8 October 2020, Rome –  A sustainable forest sector lies at the heart of COVID-19 recovery plans that seek to build back better, senior executives from the forest industry said today in a statement released for FAO’s Committee on Forestry. FAO’s Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) said that the need to recover from the social and economic upheaval of COVID-19 presents a unique chance to substitute fossil fuel-based products with those from a renewable resource. Read more here.

The Advisory Committee On Sustainable Forest-based Industries endorses its Strategic Framework 2020-2030

©G. Bome/Vanuatu Department of Forests 6 October 2020, Rome – The Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) has endorsed the ACSFI Strategic Framework 2020-2030 at the occasion of a web-based meeting, on 23 September 2020. The Strategic Framework will guide ACSFI’s work until 2030 by identifying and stimulating strategic actions by FAO, the private sector and other stakeholders that promote sustainable forest management and sustainable consumption and production patterns related to forest products. Read more here.

Fostering sustainable wood use in the building sector for greener cities: Lessons-learned from wood encouragement policies

©Stéphane Groleau For building back better after the Covid19 pandemic, wood based solutions offer a green construction material. It is renewable, recyclable, can be sustainably sourced and has low fossil carbon and environmental footprints.

On 15 July 2020, FAO’s Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) organized a webinar to provide examples and lessons-learned from various WEP and stakeholders, including wood sector companies, architects and the public sector to discuss lessons-learned from various experiences of wood encouragement policies (WEP).
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The Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries identifies ways to Build Back Better Together and Informed

©ITTO/R.CarrilloRome, from 22-25 June 2020 – the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) hosted the COVID-19 Forestry Webinar Week (see http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/cofo/covid-19-forestry-webinar-week/en/). As part of this series, and to complement the webinar that the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI)organized on the 27 May 2020 , the ACSFI hosted on 24 June 2020, in collaboration with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the webinar entitled “The global forest sector & COVID-19:  Navigating a sustainable future in an economically & socially constrained world.”

The webinar provided perspectives of both the impact of COVID-19 on the global forest sector and suggestions for how the private sector and development agencies such as FAO can collaborate to build back better together and informed. Read more here.

The Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries identifies priorities for building back better

9 June 2020, Rome -The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all parts of our lives across the world including food trade, food supply chains and markets as well as people’s lives, livelihoods and nutrition.Forest products have supported livelihoods throughout the pandemic delivering essential items, such as hygiene and sanitary products, biomass for heating, ethanol for sanitizer, respirator paper and packaging for parcels. Read more here.

Boosting partnership between FAO and the private sector

Rome, 14 April 2020 –Senior executives from the forest industry have set priorities to enhance the forest sector’s contribution to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 61st session of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI).
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last updated:  Wednesday, November 18, 2020