High-Level Special event - Forest and Energy

Where and when

Tentative Programme

The Plenary Session will be presided by the representatives of the member countries of G77 and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The program is as follows:
  • Welcome Address by the Director-General of FAO

  • Keynote Address by H.E. Pedro Verona Rodrigues Pires, President of the Republic of Cape Verde

  • Opening by Co-Chairs:
    • H.E. Henri Djombo, Minister for Forestry, Republic of Congo
    • H.E. Martins Roze, Minister for Agriculture, Republic of Latvia
  • Presentation by the Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department of FAO, on “The impacts of increased energy demands on forests”

  • Interventions by Ministers

  • Conclusions

  • Closure


Reinforce political commitment and action on:
  • the role of forestry for energy production; and
  • impacts of energy production on forests.


The rapidly changing global energy situation generates both threats and opportunities for forests. Reactions may differ from country to country, according to conditions:

  • As the demand for wood for energy increases, the supply of wood available for other uses might decline, resulting in increased prices for all users of wood.
  • Land previously dedicated to food crops might shift to biofuel crops, without impacting forest ecosystems but perhaps impacting food security.
  • Agrofuel crops might expand into forests, generating land use conflicts and increasing deforestation, with implications for biological diversity, climate change, and water.
  • The production of energy from existing forests might increase, with the need to ensure appropriate management through policies, legislation, and good forest practices.
  • Forest plantations might increase to meet the increased demand for energy from wood.

The special event will build on results of discussions held on this issue during the 18th session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO-18) in March 2007, at the 15th UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD- 15) in May 2007, and at the 5th Ministerial Conference for the Protection of Forests in Europe, held from 5-7 November 2007. A background paper highlighting the social, economic and environmental impacts of the increased energy demands on forests, FAO Conference Document C 2007/Inf 17 - Forests and Energy - is now available under "background document".

Arrangements for the Special Event on Forests and Energy

Participants attending the Special Event are kindly requested to note the following:

Registration and participation:

There will be no separate registration procedures for the Special Event. All members of registered delegations to the Conference or registered visitors to FAO are warmly invited to attend.


There will be no pre-defined seating plan. Pre-registered delegates may collect their country or organization plaques on entering the Green Room and choose their own seat.


The order of interventions will be informal and in accordance with requests by show of raised plaques from the floor. However, Ministers in attendance will be invited to speak first followed by requests in the order received by the Co-Chairs. Speakers are asked to limit prepared statements to 5 minutes and where possible to provide the messengers in the Green Room with a copy beforehand.


The Secretariat Note for the Event is C 2007/INF/17 – Forests and Energy (available for downloading on this site under background document). Additional literature will be made available on Tuesday 20th afternoon.


The Special Event conclusions will be summarized by the Event Co-Chairs and presented to the Plenary Session of the Conference at a date/time to be determined.

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last updated:  Wednesday, November 21, 2007