FAO Forestry - statutory bodies
FAO Forestry statutory bodies
Dialogue at the international level is an essential complement to the efforts of individual countries to develop appropriate forest policies, institutions and practices. FAO supports a number of statutory bodies specifically designed to provide neutral fora for discussion in the field of forestry.
Committee on Forestry (COFO)
Foremost among the FAO Forestry statutory bodies is the Committee on Forestry (COFO). Heads of forest services and other senior government officials meet at FAO headquarters every two years to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action.
Some FAO Forestry statutory bodies are regional in orientation, while others focus on specific aspects of forestry development. Membership may be composed of representatives of Member Governments or technical experts consulted in their individual capacity.
The work of the FAO Forestry statutory bodies is a combination of problem identification and policy and technical advice, to FAO, its members and others as appropriate.