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Seventy-second session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

18 - 21 November 2014

Kazan, Russian Federation

Tree nursery in the Sabinsky Forest District (TFM)

Focal point: Paola Deda

The 72nd session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) took place in Kazan, Russian Federation, Republic of Tatarstan from 18 to 21 November 2014.

The meeting focused on the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. It showcased how actors within and outside the forest sector seized the opportunity to work together to make the best contribution to the emerging Green Economy. Their inputs are very diverse: from improving forest-based technologies to developing innovative wood and non-wood forest products; from making forest work safer to valuing and setting up payments for the multiple services that forests offers to the society in the UNECE region.

Delegates to the Committee session discussed forest resources assessment and reporting issues, as well as the role of forests in the post-2015 development agenda. They also provided guidance to the secretariat on how to implement the UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work adopted in December 2013.

After a 3 day meeting (18, 19 and 20 November), delegates had the opportunity, on November 21, to attend a field trip at the invitation of the Ministry of Forestry of the Tatarstan Republic.



Annotated provisional agenda for the seventy-second session of COFFI - ECE/TIM/2014/1

Annotated provisional agenda, Corrigendum - ECE/TIM/2014/1/CORR.1PDF
Report of the meeting - ECE/TIM/2014/2PDFPDFPDF

Forest products market discussions - ECE/TIM/2014/3
Country market statements


Follow-up to the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest in a Green Economy - ECE/TIM/2014/4

Measuring and communicating the contribution of the Forest Sector to a Green Economy - ECE/TIM/2014/5PDFPDFPDF
The Forest for Fashion Initiative - ECE/TIM/2014/6PDFPDFPDF
Study on Forest Ownership in the ECE region - ECE/TIM/2014/7PDFPDFPDF
The role of forests in the post-2015 agenda - ECE/TIM/2014/8PDFPDFPDF
Review of 2014 activities and planned activities for 2015 - ECE/TIM/2014/9PDFPDFPDF

Biennial evaluation report for 2012 - 2013 of the Forestry and Timber subprogramme - ECE/TIM/2014/10

Implementation of the UNDA and Fire projects - ECE/TIM/2014/11PDFPDFPDF
Rules of procedure for the Committee - ECE/TIM/2014/12PDFPDFPDF
Report of the ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management - ECE/TIM/EFC/WP.2/2014/2PDF
Outcome of the ToS on Forest Policy meeting in Cracow - ECE/TIM/INF.1PDF
Global and regional reporting on forest and sustainable forest management - ECE/TIM/2014/INF.2PDF
Contribution to the eleventh session of the United nations Forum on Forests (UNFF11) - ECE/TIM/2014/INF.3PDF
Questionnaire on Forest Ownership in the ECE region - ECE/TIM/2014/INF.4PDF
Policy issues for the next round of outlook studies - ECE/TIM/2014/INF.5PDF
Implementation of the Fire Project - ECE/TIM/2014/INF.6PDF


Agenda item




Official opening

Opening StatementIvan Valentik, Deputy Minister on the behalf of Sergei Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Head of the Federal Forest Agency
Opening StatementIldar Khalikov, Prime Minister, Republic of Tatarstan on the behalf of Rustam Nurgalievich Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of TatarstanPDF
Opening StatementAndrey Vasilyev, UNECE Deputy Executive SecretaryPDF
Strategic Directions of Forestry Development in the Russian Federation Ivan Valentik, Deputy Minister, Minister of Natural Resources and Head of the Federal Forest AgencyPDF

Keynote Speech

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: The Role of ForestsRenate Christ, Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)PDF


Forest for Fashion

Forests for Fashion - Fashion for ForestsPaolo Naldini, Director of Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, ItalyPDF
Using Wood is GoodLorenz Wied, Head of Strategic Projects at Lenzing AG, Lenzing, AustriaPDF


The Role of Forests in the post-2015 Agenda

Forests in Post-2015 AgendaChristoph Dürr, SwitzerlandPDF
Progress in Integrating Forests in the SDGs and Implications for UNECESimon Milledge, Principal Researcher Forest Team, Natural Resources Group, IIEDPDF
Message from the UNFF SecretariatBarbara Tavora-Jainchill, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)PDF
International Arrangement on Forests beyond 2015Maxim Lobovikov, International Consultant, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)PDF


Market Discussion

Forest Products Markets in EuropeJarno Seppälä, Head of Forest Industry Consulting and Bio-solutions at INDUFOR, Helsenki, FInlandPDF
Forest Products Markets in Russia and CISNikolai Ivanov, Vice President of the Union of Timber Manufacturers and Exporters of Russia PDF
Forest Products Markets in North AmericaBruce Glass, Forest Economist for The Campbell Global, LLC.PDF
Wood Energy developments overview in North AmericaRichard Vlosky, Director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Program Leader of the Forest Products Program at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Baton Rouge. PDF


Follow-up to the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy

Turkish Forest Sector in the Context of Green EconomyKenan Kilic, General Directorate of Forestry of Turkey PDF
A Green Economy - A Starting Point for Rethinking our StrategiesJanusz Zaleski, Deputy Director General of the State Forests National Holding, PolandPDF
COFFI - Kazakh Green Economy OverviewMaxat Yelemessov, KazakhstanPDF
Implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan in the Russian FederationAlexander Panfilov, Deputy Head of the Federal Forestry Agency of the Russian Federation      PDF/PDF
Outcome of the First Meeting of the ECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest PolicyMarta Gaworska, Advisor to the Director General of the State Forests National Holding, PolandPDF
Promoting Sustainable Building Materials and the Implications on the Use of Wood in Buildings: a Review of Leading Public Policies in the UNECE RegionHelen Goodland, Brentwood Consulting PartnershipPDF
Towards Decent Green Jobs in the Forest SectorEdgar Kastenholz, Secretary-General of the European Network of Forest Entrepreneurs (ENFE)PDF


Measuring and Communicating the Contribution of the Forest Sector to a Green Economy

Measuring and Communicating the Contribution of the Forest Sector to a Green Economy: Introduction Kit Prins, Forest Sector ConsultantPDF
Green Economy and its Recent Developments on measurements and IndicatorsAndrea Bassi, CEO of KnowlEdge SrlPDF
System of Environmental and Economic Accounting with Focus on the ForestsAlessandra Alfieri, United Nations Statistic DivisionPDF
Concept of the Cascade Use of Wood and the related ReportingFlorian Steierer, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber SectionPDF
Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Program Approaches and Experience of Implementation in the Russian Federation Evgeny Kuzmichev, Senior Consultant of the FLEG-2 Program in Russia, World Bank
Marina Smetanina, FLEG-2 Program Coordinator in Russia World Bank
Developing Indicators on the Forest Sector's Contribution to the Green EconomyKit Prins, Forest Sector ConsultantPDF


Global and Regional Reporting on Forest and Sustainable Forest Management

Global and Regional Reporting on Forests and Sustainable Forest ManagementRoman Michalak, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber SectionPDF


Contribution to the 11th Session of UNFF

ECE/FAO Contribution to UNFF 11: Study on Progress Towards Global Objectives on Forests, and Challenges for the Region Kit Prins, Forest Sector ConsultantPDF


Study on Forest Ownership in the UNECE Region

Study on Forest Ownership in the ECE RegionRoman Michalak, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section
Diana Feliciano, COST Action FACESMAP


Policy issues for the next round of outlook studies

Policy issues for the next round of outlook studiesArnaud Brizay, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber SectionPDF


Implementation of the UNDA Project and Fire Project

The UNDA ProjectYana Trofimova, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber SectionPDF
UNECE Forum on Cross-boundary Fire ManagementJohann Goldammer, GermanyPDF

Date and place of the next session

UNECE/FAO Silva2015Christoph Duerr, SwitzerlandPDF



Practical Information

Participants are asked to register online using the following link. Deadline for registration is 24 October 2014.To prepare your travel arrangements, please see the information note for English speakers and this information note for Russian speakers. The visa and reservation forms can be found here:

Visa request form

Korston reservation form

Bulgar reservation form

Please find the programme of the meeting in Russain here and in English here.



City of Kazan (Fotalia)


About Kazan

In the heart of the Russian Federation, where the west and east meet, lies the Republic of Tartarstan. Its capital, Kazan, is the largest center of culture, science, research, trade and industry of the economically developed Volga region.

Kazan is one of the most populated cities in Russia and it also shows a remarkable economic capacity thanks to its industrial complex that varies from heavy industry—aircraft and helicopters manufacturing—to specialized industrial production—polyethylene and synthetic rubber, medical and optics equipment.

In addition to its history as an industrial centre, Kazan is rebranding as the forest capital of the Volga region. Ecological and environmental issues are generally taken into serious consideration, but a particular attention is devoted to forest management. Kazan is in fact the site of Europe’s largest breeding and seed center, producing 12 million containerized seedlings per year. Similar attention is also paid to the prevention of forest fires, and to the implementation of the most developed technologies in forest logging and wood processing.


Thanks to this focus on forestry, Kazan has become an important hub for national and international forest-related events:

  •  The meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on illegal logging in 2012;
  • The regional forum “Forest and Man” in 2013, in conjunction with the “Wood Processing” exhibition, which attracted 70 companies;
  • The meetings and final contest of Junior Foresters in 2011 and 2012, which brought hundreds of forestry students from all over Russia to Kazan.

In summer 2013, Kazan hosted the 27th University Games, the biggest ever “Universiade” and welcomed over 10,000 Athletes from more than 160 countries.