Sustainable forest-based enterprises can offer a transitory pathway toward a low-carbon future. This Rio+20 side event highlighted the role of forests and industry in fostering local livelihoods at the resource base and enabling product transitions to low-carbon bio-economy among consumers. Increasingly, the climate-smart management of forests and wise use of trees are seen as a collaborative effort between the public custodians of forests, private enterprises and local communities. Non-governmental organizations (NGO's) play an important role in encouraging appropriate levels of conservation and environmental protection.

Video: Forest industries in a green economy, Vietnam

Video: Speakers at the Rio+20 event  


The programme illustrated examples of climate-smart forest products into new applications, lessons learned from countries on deploying forest supply chains in low-carbon development and bio-economy, and associated benefits to local livelihoods, rural development and environmental services. The following themes were covered:

  1. Role of forest sector in emerging bio-economies
  2. Forest Certification: a paradigm shift in green economy
  3. Contributions of forest industry in rural development

FAO acknowledges the generous support of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests of Finland and the International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR) for this event.


High-level speakers included:

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, President, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
Minister of Environment of Brazil: Ms. Isabella Teixeira (her speech delivered by Elizabeth de Carvalhaes, BRACELPA) Speech 
Minister of the Korea Forest Service: Mr. Don Koo Lee

Keynote speakers included:
José Luciano Penido, Chairman of BRACELPA and Fibria
Anders Hildeman, Global Forestry Manager, IKEA Sweden AB 

Panelists included:
Stefan Sundman, UPM Finland
Stanley Hirsch, Suzano Brazil
Andre de Freitas, FSC
William Street, PEFC
Ben Cashore, Yale, IUFRO
Stewart Maginnnis, IUCN
Coosje Hoogendoorn, INBAR
Takashi Fujiwara, Managing Director of Japan Federation of Wood Industry Association
Thomas Jostmann, Evonik Industries
Daniela Chiaretti
Marvin Hundley, MWV Corporation
Peter deMarsh, IFFA
Heikki Granholm, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
Marcedonio Cortave, Association of Forest Communities of Petén, Guatemala (ACOFOP)
Anders Lonnblad, Ministry for Rural Affairs of Sweden


last updated:  Monday, September 3, 2012