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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.



Ross Hampton, Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI) Chairperson, reflects on the key outcomes of COFO26 and reports on the successes and achievements of his organization in 2021-2022. 


Forests and forest products provide important contributions for the transition towards a sustainable bioeconomy and to build carbon-neutral societies
Bioeconomy is one of the 20 Programme Priority Areas of FAO in the Strategic Framework 2022-2031. FAO's aim is that the bioeconomy for sustainable food and agriculture will balance economic value and social welfare with environmental sustainability.
Exploring pathways to foster a sustainable forest-based bioeconomy for Latin America and the Caribbean
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.
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 (SDGs) at the 64th session of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Forest-based Industries (ACSFI).


Year Meeting Title Meeting Report
Rome (Italy), Hybrid Event, 21/07/2024
Rome (Italy), Hybrid Event, 25/05/2023
(South Korea), Hybrid Event, 30/04/2022
Virtual Event, 17/04/2021 - 18/04/2021
Virtual Event, 31/03/2020