Sustainable forest-based industries
Webinar: Forests and fibre: a renewable and sustainable solution to the Just Transition, economic recovery, circular economy and climate change
©Bates Smart/Peter Clarke11 November 2021, Glasgow - Jointly organized by the South African producer responsibility organization for paper and paper packaging, Fibre Circle, and the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the webinar entitled ‘Forests and fibre – a renewable and sustainable solution to the Just Transition, economic recovery, circular economy and climate change’, saw an interactive discussion on how the forestry sector and harvested wood products can deliver a sustainable and reliable solution to climate change, today. Read more.
Private sector calls for building a forest-based bioeconomy to halt climate change and achieve multiple Sustainable Development Goals
©Deanna Ramsay19 October 2021 – “Forest-based industries make an essential contribution to net zero emission targets, to which many businesses have committed in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,” said the FAO’s Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) today in a statement released at the World Bioeconomy Forum in Bélem (Brazil). The ACSFI called upon FAO, its member countries, the private sector and other stakeholders to jointly strengthen their commitment to building back better in a post-COVID-19 world, through fostering the ongoing development of a forest-based bioeconomy. Read more.
Webinar: Using wood as the building material to promote sustainable housing
©Delia Teschendorff Architecture/Dianna Snape28 September 2021, Rome – “The world is facing an environmental crisis and forests, and the products that they provide, are one of the most important tools available to address the climate and biodiversity crisis,” said the Director of FAO’s Forestry Division, Mette Løyche Wilkie, in her opening remarks. Jointly organized by FAO and the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries, and in support of the Committee’s bioeconomy workstream, the webinar, entitled Reconstructing our climate: Using wood as the building material to promote sustainable housing, analysed the opportunities of using wood as a sustainable construction material to combat climate change and support the global transition towards a sustainable and circular bioeconomy. Read more.
62nd Session of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries
©Bracell/Gleison RezendeOn 27 and 28 April 2021, the FAO’s Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI; ‘the Committee’) met for its 62nd Annual Meeting. The Session started with the inspiring opening remarks of the Director of FAO’s Forestry Division, Ms Mette Løyche Wilkie, who provided an update on FAO’s priorities, currently focused on three substantive areas: halting deforestation and forest degradation, upscaling forest and landscape restoration in the context of the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and promoting conservation, and sustainable use of forest resources to enhance forest-based livelihoods. Read more.
Challenges and opportunities for the forest sector’s engagement in ecosystem restoration
©Suzano – Ricardo Teles (Brazil)Research shows that some two billion hectares of world’s deforested and degraded landscapes offer potential for restoration. Led by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration runs from 2021 – 2030. Complementing that initiative, the 2020-2030 ACSFI Strategic Framework identifies the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration as a topic of strategic importance. Read more 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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