Participants in the TC session will be able to review, discuss and contribute to a paper on forests and economic development, which synthesises and elaborates on the main studies developed by ECE-FAO in 2011-12 such as the state and outlook of European and North American forests and the Forest Product Annual Market Reviews. The final paper will be presented at the 10th session of the United Nations Forum of Forest in April 2013 and will provide an important contribution to the discussion on the subject taking place at the global level.
This will be followed by market discussions. These will focus on sustainable forest products and their contribution to the green economy, covering the broad market and policy developments related to innovative and sustainable forest products, and how they support a more environmentally friendly and stronger economy.
The Committee session will also welcome delegates from the European Forestry Commission to discuss three important issues for the future of the joint ECE-FAO work on forests in the region:
1. The results of the 2013 Strategic Review of the joint programme of work and its supporting ECE/FAO bodies;
2. The draft elements of the new joint ECE/FAO programme of work for the period 2014-17;
3. The draft Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy, which after several consultations with different stakeholders has reached an advanced stage and should be thoroughly discussed by the Committee and the Commission’s members in order to finalize it.
Finally, the meeting will discuss the organization of the European Forest Week (EFW) in 2013, and hear about preparations of Metsä2013, the joint session of the ECE Timber Committee and the European Forestry Commission to take place in Rovaniemi , Finland, next year. The EFW and Metsä2103 will address the importance of forests and forest products in a green economy.
Taking into account the focus of this year’s TC session, representatives of the private sector are also invited to join the meeting to share experiences, information and recommendations on the sector. The meeting will offer an opportunity to strengthen the partnership between the United Nations and the forest sector in order to further promote and implement best practices for sustainable forest management and for a dynamic forest sector that could lead the transition towards a green economy.
The invitation letter can be found here
Contact Paola Deda for more information.
Annotated provisional Agenda (as of 24 July)
Forest and economic development in the ECE region (draft paper)
Review of activities since the sixty-ninth session and activities for 2013
Communications and outreach activities
Results of the Team of Specialists Internal Evaluations
Results of the Survey on the ECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work
Secretariat's assessment of work and outputs
Inputs of the joint bureaux to the 2013 Strategic Review and the 2014-2017 joint programme of work
Action Plan for the forest sector in a green economy
Draft elements of the Joint Programme of Work of the ECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission for 2014-2017
Biennial evaluation report 2010-2011-Subprogramme 7: Timber and Forestry
Draft Strategic Framework for 2014-15
Side event:"Resource Efficiency in the wood processing industry" - 17 October from 14:15-14:45, Room XII
Report and recommendations of the workshop
“The green life of wood: assessing wood’s environmental impact from cradle to cradle”
The contribution of forest to economic development
“The State of the Green Economy”,
“Forests and economic development”
"Wooden Construction in Europe: increasing the use of sustainable building products”
"Overview of forest products markets 2011-2012: findings from Market Review”
"EU Timber Regulation: Implementation and Enforcement"
"CEPI’s 2050 Roadmap to a low Carbon Bio-economy”
Bernard De Galembert
"Wood Energy in the ECE region: 2013 and forward”
"Outlook and policy background of demand for forest products in China"
"Innovation in the field of wood based products”
"Cross Laminated Timber"
"Russian Forest Sector Outlook Study”
Review of activities since the sixty-ninth session
"Review of activities since the 69th session of TC” and “Activities of the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section 2013”
Communication and outreach
"Activities on Communication and Outreach”
Outcome of the ECE review process
“Outcome of the ECE review process”
2013 Strategic Review
“Results of the self-assessment of the Team of Specialist and discussion of the last session of the WPFSEM”
"Results of the general survey”
“Secretariat’s assessment of outputs”
“Outcome of the bureau retreat in April 2012 and meeting in June 2012”
"The Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy"
"The Lviv Forum on Forests in a Green Economy vision and messages for action"
Outcome of Rio+20 and COFO
"Outcome of Rio+20 and COFO"
Draft ECE/FAO Joint Programme of Work 2014-2017
"Draft ECE/FAO Joint Programme of Work 2014-2017"
Biennial evaluation report 2010-2011 and the draft strategic framework 2014-2015
"Bienneal evaluation report 2010-2011 and draft strategic framework 2014-2015"
Date and place of next session
"Metsä 2013, Rovaniemi, Finland,
Photos courtesy E. Charles and A. McCusker.