XV World Forestry Congress


Ministerial forum on sustainable wood - towards carbon-neutral and resilient economies

May 3, 2022 | 5:30 PM KST - 7:00 PM KST

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Read the Ministerial Call on Sustainable Wood 
Press release: Ministers issue call on sustainable wood

Forests and wood play a key role in addressing environmental deterioration that is contributing to climate change, biodiversity loss and the emergence of new diseases as well as in global efforts of moving towards sustainable economies. Sustainable use of natural resources, including forest products, is a key element of the development vision in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Enhanced sustainable use of wood has high potential to costeffectively contribute to achieving carbon neutrality. It can also create potential synergies with economic recovery of rural areas and sustainable circular economy innovation goals. A number of countries are interested in the sustainable wood use and are trying to develop their policy through formal and informal talks. This indicate timeliness of the global discussions on this agenda. This session will give an opportunity to progress discussions on the sustainable wood from country and regional levels to the global level.


The objective of this session is to exchange each country’s experiences and policy perspectives and ambitions on sustainable wood as well as views on scaling-up actions and collaboration on sustainable wood-based pathways through the ministerial roundtable discussions.


Introduction and opening remarks by Deputy Director General of FAO (Maria Helena Semedo)

Interventions by country representatives

  1. National experiences and policy perspectives on promoting sustainable wood
    Interventions from the representatives of the Republic of Korea and the Republic of Kenya.
  2. Scaling-up of sustainable wood-based pathways
    Interventions from the representatives of Japan, Republic of Austria, Republic of Peru and the Gabonese Republic
Closing remarks by Minister of Korest Forest Service
Ministerial Forum on Sustainable Wood speakers