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European Forest Week & Metsä2013 Briefing and Policy Dialogue with Finnish Forest Sector

5 November 2013

Helsinki, Finland



European Forest Week will be celebrated throughout Europe 9-13 December 2013. On the same week, the joint session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the FAO European Forestry Commission will take place in the city of Rovaniemi, Finland. The meeting is called METSÄ2013, as metsä means forest in Finnish. The organizers of European Forest Week and METSÄ2013 encourage wide participation and involvement of government officials from forest and non-forest sectors as well as representatives of international, regional and national organizations that deal with forest-related issues in Europe, including NGOs, the private sector, schools and academic institutions.

The briefing event to be held in Helsinki, Finland on 5 November 2013 provides information about the preparations of European Forest Week & METSÄ 2013 and encourages Finnish forest sector to get involved in both initiatives. The event introduces the objectives of the second European Forest Week and encourages interested stakeholders to contribute to the week by organizing national celebrations. It also provides local players an opportunity to have a preliminary glance of the variety of side events and activities to take place during METSÄ2013, and to interact with the organizers of the joint session.

The briefing event will be followed by a Policy Dialogue with the Finnish forest sector. Ms. Marja Kokkonen from the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry will provide insights on Finnish forest policy and Ms. Paola Deda and Mr. Dominique Reeb will introduce the contribution of the UNECE/FAO work to the forest sector in UNECE region. Commentaries and reflections will be provided by Finnish organizations, including the Ministry of Employment and Economy, Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners, Finnish Forest Research Institute and Finnish Forest Industries Federation. The event will concluded with a discussion, where the local players are invited to address the challenges of Finnish forest sector.

To see the agenda of the event, please click here.

This event provides an excellent opportunity to exchange views on forest policy in local and regional context, and to interact with the focal points of the UNECE-FAO joint meeting, METSÄ 2013. Forest-related organizations and interested stakeholders are kindly invited to join the discussion on November 5 at 9:00-11:45 at Säätytalo, Helsinki.

The event is hosted by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. In order to attend the event, kindly register to the coordinator of event, Ms. Aino Virtanen, by 31 October to aino.virtanen@mmm.fi 

For further information, please contact the focal points:

Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Director, Mr. Heikki Granholm, heikki.granholm@mmm.fi 

UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section Chief, Ms. Paola Deda, paola.deda@unece.org