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

18 - 20 October 2016

Geneva (Palais des Nations Room V)

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The 74th session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 18 to 20 October 2016.

The Committee reviewed and guided activities in data collection and analysis, policy support, capacity building and communication. In addition, the meeting had focus on the commercial aspects of the forest based industries (transformation, profits, trends, challenges, etc.). Half a day was dedicated to market discussions of forest-based industries. Additional themes were for this session included review of the results of the work on forest ownership and green jobs in the region.

The Committee was also invited to contribute to the Strategic Review of the Integrated Programme of Work 2014-2017 and provided recommendations for the future programme (2018-2021). Next year the 70th anniversary of UNECE as well as 70 years of successful collaboration between COFFI (former Timber Committee) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) will be celebrated.

A UNECE news release has been issued to announce the COFFI session.

The COFFI session was conducted in English, French and Russian.

The session was followed by a workshop “Measuring the value of forests in a green economy” on 21 October 2016. For further information on the workshop, click here.

Please find pictures of the session on the UNEC-FAO flickr account.

A press release was published on Friday 21 October 2016.

Document TitleENGFRERUS

Annotated provisional agenda for the seventy-fourth session of COFFI - ECE/TIM/2016/1

Report of the meetingPDFPDFPDF

The forest sector workforce and future green jobs in the region – preliminary results of the study - ECE/TIM/2016/3

Forest products market discussions, including panel discussion: opportunities for and barriers to forest products from the perspective of the private sector - ECE/TIM/2016/4
2016 Country Market Statements
Trends and perspectives for pulp and paper - ECE/TIM/2016/5PDFPDFPDF
Trends and perspectives for pallets and wooden packaging - ECE/TIM/2016/6PDFPDFPDF
The global and regional policy context - ECE/TIM/2016/7PDFPDFPDF
Review of 2016 activities, and activities planned for 2017 - ECE/TIM/2016/8PDFPDFPDF
The ECE evaluation on the assessment of the relevance of the 2014-2017 Integrated Programme of Work (IPoW) - ECE/TIM/2016/9PDFPDFPDF

Strategic Review of the Integrated Programme of Work - ECE/TIM/2016/10

Information DocumentsENG only

Forest Ownership in the Region - ECE/TIM/2016/Inf.1

Wood Construction - ECE/TIM/2016/Inf.2PDF
Referred DocumentsENGFRERUS
Report from the joint seventy-third session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and thirty-eighth session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) PDFPDFPDF

Report of the thirty-eighth session of the Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management - ECE/TIM/EFC/WP.2/2016/2


Please find the programme for the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry, COFFI (18-20 Oct 2016) and the UNECE/FAO Green Economy Workshop (21 Oct 2016) here; Russian version.

Please find a leaflet with more detailed information on the market related sessions of COFFI here.

2Forest ownership changes in Europepdf
2Forest ownership in the ECE region - preliminary study resultspdf
2Social aspects of the forest sector workforcepdf
2FOREST EUROPE - planned activities in GREEN JOBSpdf
2Promoting Decent Work with Green Jobs in the Forestry Sector - ILOpdf
2Green Jobs in the forest(ry) sectorpdf
3a1European Timber Market Overviewpdf
3a1CIS Timber Market Overviewpdf
3a1North American Timber Market Overviewpdf
3a1Wood pallets and packagingpdf
3a2Idaho Forest Group- Perspective of a softwood sawmill companypdf
3a2Danzer- Forest Products: Opportunities and barrierspdf
3a2ILIM Timber- Opportunities for and barriers to forest productspdf
3a2kastamonu- Perspective of a wood based panels companypdf
3b2Global trends in the pulp and paper industry- North America, Brazil, Chinapdf
3b2European pulp and paper industries: Navigation towards the futurepdf
3b2Research and innovation in the Russian pulp and paper industrypdf
3cCLT production, consumption, construction in Japanpdf
3cFire safety engeneering in wood constructionpdf
3cThe potential of low carbon products in the built environmentpdf
3cBuilding the natural changepdf
3cRegulations and structural requirements for seismic resistancepdf
3cPerspectives of an architect on wood constructionpdf
4aThe role of forests, their goods and services, and the forest sector in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentpdf
4aImplementation of the 2030 Agenda- Example from Swedenpdf
4bThe United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)- the status of the 2017-2030 Strategic Planpdf
4cForest Europe- Programme of Work and possible synergies in the regionpdf
4d23rd session of COFOpdf
5Review of 2016 activities, and activities planned for 2017pdf
5Assessment of the relevance of the 2014-2017 UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work to the needs of member statespdf
5Report on the 38th session of the Joint Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Managementpdf
5The Strategic Review of the Integrated Programme of Work for COFFI and EFCpdf
7UNECE/FAO Lasy2017 and the 4th European Forest Week in Warsaw, Polandpdf

Side Events

Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016

  • Exhibition “Clean Forest Forum”
  • Guided Tour on the wood construction of the WIPO conference hall; Find a 3 minute video of the construction and more information on the conference hall here.

Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016

  • Guided Tour on wood constraction of the temporary Opéra des Nations in Geneva; Find a video of the construction of the Opéra builing here.
  • Exhibition and Reception hosted by the Mr. Armand Rudolf von Rohr “Clean Forest Forum” (Speech)

Thursday, 20 Oct 2016

  • “From a tree to a tree with the RVR-CFC Concept” presentation by Mr. Armand Rudolf von Rohr