26th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry
Rome (Italy), Hybrid Event, 03/10/2022 - 07/10/2022
COFO26 to focus on the contributions of forests to the Sustainable Development Goals
The Twenty-sixth Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO26) was held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy from 3-7 October, 2022, in a hybrid format for the first time ever. COFO26 provided a platform for exchange and dialogue among participants and gave strategic direction for the future work of FAO in forestry.
The Committee took note of the findings of FAO’s flagship report, The State of the World’s Forests 2022: Forest pathways for green recovery and building inclusive resilient and sustainable economies, the outcomes of the XV World Forestry Congress held last May in the Republic of Korea, and the FAO’s Strategic Framework 2022-2031.
Ongoing work by the Forestry Division on forest solutions for combating climate change, resilient and sustainable economies, and the linkages between agriculture and forestry was on the agenda.
World Forest Week
Held on the margins of the Committee on Forestry, the 8th World Forest Week is a series of special events that bring FAO Member States, partner organizations, leaders, scientists and young people to discuss forestry's most pressing issues. The theme of this year's World Forest Week is Growing a better planet.
COFO final update
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, COFO successfully tackled a packed agenda of 17 topics, providing guidance to FAO bodies and others on emerging policy and technical issues.Read more
COFO daily update 7/10/22
COFO concluded with full adoption of the report, reflecting the Committee's recommendations over the week. More images and details available at Earth Negotiations Bulletin.Read more
COFO daily update 6/10/22
Working late, the Committee addressed finance, forest data, XV World Forestry Congress outcomes, regional alignment and much more. Images and summary available at Earth Negotiations Bulletin.Read more
COFO daily update 5/10/22
In a marathon session, recommendations were agreed on climate change; forest fires; mainstreaming biodiversity across agricultural sectors; and the restoration of forested landscapes.Read more
COFO daily update 4/10/22
Sustainable wood, socioeconomic contributions of forests and collective action to halt forest loss and degradation were high on the agenda.Read more
COFO daily update 3/10/22
FAO's report, the State of the World's Forests 2022, and linkages between agriculture and forestry were discussed. More images and summary available at Earth Negotiations Bulletin.Read more
Deforestation is the greatest driver of the loss of valuable biodiversity.
Three papers on sustainability through forests and trees launched at FAO-GLF forum.
Youth must be given the skills to shape evolving forestry sector, FAO Director-General says.
FAO publishes global forest sector outlook 2050, assessing future demand and supply.
The world must halt deforestation and use forests and trees sustainably, QU Dongyu, FAO Director-General, said today.
Government role crucial to producing more food while protecting forests, Halting deforestation report says.
More investment is needed to build knowledge and skills of family farmers and small producers.
It is possible to transform the global food system so that agriculture and forests both grow, rather than one growing at the expense of the other.
Global collaboration on innovative open software and data supports sustainable forest management.
The Earth Negotiations Bulletin will provide daily updates as well as a comprehensive summary and analysis following the conclusion of the meeting.
The Committee on Forestry (COFO) is the highest FAO Forestry statutory body. The biennial sessions of COFO, held at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy, 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. Other international organizations and, increasingly, non-governmental groups participate in COFO. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries.
Membership in the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) is open to all FAO Member Nations which inform the Director-General of their desire to become a member and of their intention to participate in the work of the Committee.
FAO member countries wishing to become Members of COFO are invited to contact the Secretariat at [email protected].
Search the programme to find speakers, wecast links, venues and other information on all Committee on Forestry sessions, World Forest Week events and other meetings. All WFW events and COFO sessions will be webcast in six languages.
Glenn Hargrove, North American Forest Commission (NAFC) Chairperson, reflects on the key outcomes of COFO26 and reports on the successes and achievements of his organization in 2021-2022.
Ainsley Henry, Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC) Chairperson reflects on the key outcomes of COFO26 and reports on the successes and achievements of his organization in 2021-2022.
Liubov Poliakova, European Forestry Commission Chairperson, reports on the successes and achievements of her organization in 2021-2022.
Ross Hampton, Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) Chairperson, reflects on the key outcomes of COFO26 and reports on the successes and achievements of his organization in 2021-2022.
Anders Malmer, Working Group on Dryland Forests and Agrosilvopastoral Systems Chairperson, reflects on the key outcomes of COFO26 and reports on the successes and achievements of his organization in 2021-2022.
Ümit Turhan, Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions - Silva Mediterranea Chairperson, reflects on the key outcomes of COFO26 and reports on the successes and achievements of his organization in 2021-2022.
Martin Weih, International Commission on Poplars and Other Fast-Growing Trees Sustaining People and the Environment (IPC) Chairperson reflects on the key outcomes of COFO26 and reports on the successes and achievements of his organization in 2021-2022.
- Report of the 26th Session
- All session documents
- Written correspondence procedure
- Introduction to agenda items
- Information for COFO participation
- COFO Terms of Reference and List of Members
- Rules of Procedure
Overview of the week
HRH Princess Basma bint Ali of Jordan calls for renewed efforts on behalf of forests
Analí Bustos calls for more opportunities for young people to enter the forestry sector