Contact Point for the joint session: Paola Deda
The joint session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the FAO European Forestry Commission took place on 9-13 December 2013 in Rovaniemi, Finland. The event was called Metsä2013, "metsä" meaning forest in Finnish.
A second European Forest Week was organized during Metsä2013. The week focused on the contribution of forests and forest products to a green economy. The week brought together a variety of stakeholders from forest and non-forest sectors. Side and Parallel Events were organized as part of the celebrations of the European Forest Week in Rovaniemi.
To see the preliminary programme for Metsä2013 click here and to see an overview of the week including a list of side/parallel events, please click here. For more information, please see the Metsä2013 Handbook.
Poem, Henry Cuyler Bunner
300 years of scientic forestry: forests in the next 300 years
Future of Russian Forests
Forest Product Markets
European forest products market overview
Spotlight on Turkey's fores product markets
Russian Federation forest products market overview
North American forest products market overview
Engaging the private sector
Plum Creek Timber Comany, forestlands and wood products, United States
Quebec Wood Export Bureau, Canada
European Sawmill Organization, Belgium
European Panel Federation, wood-based panels
Stora Enso, wood construction, Finland
Architecture specializing in wood construction, France
The Confederation of European Paper Industries, Belgium
Bernard de Galembert
Domsjö Fibre - wood pulp for textiles, Sweeden
UPM - biorefining of wood fibre, Finland
Measuring and communicating
Global green economy initiative and indicatiors
The Swiss experiences in measuring and communicating sustainable development
André de Montmollin
Measuring progress of the forest sector towards a green economy: some proposals
European Forestry Commission Matters
Follow-up to the decisions of the 36th session
Activities of the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia
Norbert Winkler and Ekrem Yazici
Working Party on Mountain Watersheds
New Strategic Framework for FAO
Recommendations for the 29th session of the FAO Regional Conference for Europe and 22nd session of COFO
Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry Matters
Matters arising from the 65th session of the ECE
Matters arising from the last COFFI session
Outcome of UNFF10 and implications for the ECE region
The role of forests in the post 2015 agenda
Review of the effectivness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF)
Joint Committee/Commission Matters
The new EU forest strategy, blueprint for EU forest-based industry
Steve Smith and Jeremy Wall
Development of the Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy
ECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work 2014-17
Review of 2013 activities and planned activities for 2014 and list of publications
Communication activities for the International Day of Forests and the European Forest Week
Nina Peeva and Maria de Cristofaro
FAO Global Activities on Sustainable Forest Management
Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Toobox
Voluntary Guidelines on National Forest Monitoring
The FAO Fire Management Umbrella Programme
Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forestry
The State of Conservation of the World's Genetic Resources
The Global Timber Forum
Outcome of the International Conference on Forests for Food Security
Preparations for the XIV World Forestry Congress
Side & parallel events
These meetings allowed partners to benefit from exchanges with delegates present in Rovaniemi and brought under the same ‘roof’ a wide range of stakeholders to discuss forest related matters.
A pre-meeting excursion took place on Monday, 9 December. Two field trips took place on Friday, 13 December. More information is provided below.
Monday, 9 December
On Monday, 9 December, a 5 hour pre-meeting excursion was organized by the Federation of Finnish Forest Industries.
Friday, 13 December
All METSÄ2013 participants were invited to attend field trips on the final day of METSÄ2013. Field Trip Day on December 13 consists of two exciting excursions: there will be an outdoor field trip in the morning and a factory visit in the afternoon.
"Arctic Forestry Winter Safari”
Morning Field Trip - 13 December - 8:00-11:30
This trip took the participants to the middle of Boreal forests, where they witnessed a forest management show in the woods. They also had the chance to observe the traditional ice fishing in the arctic conditions of Lapland and enjoyed a typical Finnish outdoor lunch by the lakeside.
“Playful Wooden Manufacturing in Lapland – a visit to Lappset production facilities"
Afternoon Field Trip, 13 December - 13:30-16:00
Lappset Group Ltd welcomed METSÄ2013 participants to visit its production facilities in Rovaniemi on Friday 13 December 2013.