Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries

The Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) is a FAO statutory body composed of senior executives from the private industry sector worldwide. It meets yearly with the main objective of providing guidance on activities and programme of work of the FAO Forestry Division on issues relevant to the paper and forest products industry, in support of member countries efforts to progress towards sustainable development. 

The membership of FAO-ACSFI includes heads of forest industry and forest growers’ associations, as well as company executives from approximately 20 countries. A list of members and their countries is available here.  

Forests and forest products provide important contributions for the transition towards a sustainable bioeconomy and to build carbon-neutral societies

30 June 2023, Brussels - Sven Walter, FAO Senior Forestry Officer, participated in a bioeconomy and sustainable use of natural resources conference. One of FAO's priority programme areas, the aim is that the bioeconomy for sustainable food and agriculture will balance economic value and social welfare with environmental sustainability.

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Exploring pathways to foster a sustainable forest-based bioeconomy for Latin America and the Caribbean

27 June 2023 - Forests and trees are vital to the livelihoods of many in Latin America and the Caribbean, providing a multitude of goods and services, making their sustainable management an imperative. To emphasize that message and contribute to finding solutions, the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries, with the World Bioeconomy Forum, organized a side event on 27 June 2023 at the margins of the 33rd Latin American and the Caribbean Forestry Commission. Read more

64th Session of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries

©MTC/Maran Road Sawmill Sdn Bhd25 May 2023, Rome – Today, senior executives from the forest industry have met virtually to set priorities to enhance the forest sector’s contribution to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals at the 64th session of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries.

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Forest-based industries scale up ecosystem restoration efforts

©Ecofuturo Mike May31 January 2023, New Haven, Connecticut  - Forest-based industries can play a critical role in facilitating global efforts towards ecosystem restoration” said the FAO’s Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) today in a statement released at Yale University School of Environment.

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Keeping 1.5°C alive through the growing contribution of climate-smart forest products to the bioeconomy

©Sara Bray/AFPA14 November 2022, Sharm-El-Sheik, Egypt - The benefits of transitioning to forest-based bioeconomies while balancing both biodiversity and community needs is now accepted as an essential contribution to addressing the climate crisis. Organized by the Australian Forest Products Association & Brazilian Tree Industry (ibá), in collaboration with ACSFI at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), two diverse panels discussed the opportunities the forest sector offers to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Read more

Enhancing forest sector engagement in ecosystem restoration

©FAO2 October 2022 – FAO HQ Rome, Italy - The Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with The Forests Dialogue (TFD) convened a roundtable on enhancing the forest sector’s engagement in ecosystem restoration, as a satellite event of FAO’s 26th session of its Committee on Forestry (COFO26). Read more


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last updated:  Monday, July 17, 2023