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 Department 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.  

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 RamsayBelem, 19 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 Rezende On 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 here.

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last updated:  Thursday, November 18, 2021