Sustainable forest-based industries
ACSFI Members at 8th World Forest Week
Last October, some of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) members gathered at FAO Headquarters (Rome, Italy), from 3-7 October 2022 in Rome, Italy, to participate in the 8th World Forest Week and the 26th session of FAO’s Committee on Forestry (COFO 26). COFO26 was successful in engaging a high number of participants, above 750, representing 109 Member countries, and over 40 Observer countries and Organizations, while the ACSFI members contributed as speakers to different special events, discussing the issues concerning the sustainable consumption and production of forest products.
On 4 October 2022, the ACSFI member, Mr Indroyono Soesilo, joined the panel “Indonesia's plans for carbon-positive forests by 2030 and launch of the state of Indonesia's forests 2022”, with the participation of the Minister of Environment and Forestry, Republic of Indonesia.
The event saw the launch of the State of Indonesia's Forests 2022, highlighting the important role of Indonesia's tropical forests in tackling global climate, but also Indonesia’s ambition and strategies to achieve a carbon net sink in Forestry and Other Land Use (FOLU) sector by 2030. “The holders of forest utilization business permits (PBPH) across Indonesia are ready to support the government in achieving the FOLU Net Sink 2030 target”, said Indroyono. The links between sustainable forest management, forest restoration and peatland management to reduce emissions from FOLU sector were also highlighted.
On the same day, the ACSFI Chair, Mr Ross Hampton (AFPA), joined experts from across the globe in the Special Event “Sustainable wood and non-wood forest products - pathways to carbon-neutral and resilient bioeconomies”. He offered examples of how the private sector can foster sustainable wood value chains as a contribution to a circular bioeconomy and climate neutrality. Read more
Mr Hampton also participated in the event “A bright future for forestry: Investing in youth career development”, dedicated to youth, providing insights to and recommendations for improving career development and to promote a culture for young professionals to share their expertise and perspectives within the sector.
Watch the youth event webcast here.
On October 5, the ACSFI Chair spoke at the event "Planting forests for carbon-neutral economies, sustainable landscapes, and livelihoods", delivering a compelling message about what he considers to be today's most pressing issue - the climate crisis - and the urgent need to not only accept but "embrace planted forests." He emphasized the importance of moving quickly to begin planting more trees, alluding to the Global forest sector outlook 2050 projections that at least 37 million hectares will be required to meet the demand for wood, by 2050. “The private sector stands ready to collaborate with stakeholders and provide investment solutions and business models to accelerate planting forests, in various contexts and regions” he concluded.
Watch the Planted Forests event webcast here.
On 6 October 2022, the ACSFI member Mr Derek Nighbor (FPAC), took part in the session “Beyond numbers: income, employment and decent work in forestry”, organized by FAO in collaboration with ILO and UNECE. He underlined how the private sector can ensure safe and decent work conditions in the forest sector, as well as the need to create a “workplace of choice”: shaped by values, inclusive, attractive to a skilled workforce and youth, responsive to emerging technologies and innovation. Read more
The events build directly on the achievements of the recently held XV World Forestry Congress (Korea, May 2022), where complementary sessions have been organized.
ACSFI supports the Ministerial Call on Sustainable Wood
ACSFI Chair Ross Hampton ©FAO/Francesca BertolaMay 2022, Seoul, Republic of Korea - The ACSFI strongly supports the Ministerial Call on Sustainable Wood that was launched at the XV World Forestry Congress.
The ACSFI stands ready to join forces to promote enhanced policy and technical dialogue at all levels to ensure that sustainable wood-based pathways are scaled up.
IDF Publication Launch: The role of forest products in the global bioeconomy - wood-based products contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals
©Metsä Group21 March 2022, Rome, Italy - Switching from fossil-based products to renewable wood-based products can help combat climate change and achieve Sustainable Development Goals, according to the report Forest Products in the global bioeconomy: Enabling substitution by wood-based products and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals, launched today on the occasion of the International Day of Forests (IDF 2022).
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.
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.
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.
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).
Read more here.
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).
Read more here.