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International Day of Forests - Forests and Energy

21 March 2017

Geneva, Switzerland

Wood Energy Efficiency: More Heat with Less Wood ENG/RUS

On the occasion of the International Day of Forests, celebrated on 21 March, and the 2017 focus on the issue of ‘Forests and Energy’ the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section was pleased to invite you to a presentation titled « Wood Energy : opportunities and risks » by Mr. Francisco Aguilar.

The event took place on Tuesday 21 March from 11.30 to 12.30 in Room XI in the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Mr. Aguilar discussed wood energy sustainability; balancing the opportunities of wood energy as a contribution to renewable energy supply, energy security and socio-economic development; and risks in terms of forest ecosystems degradation, air pollution and disruption of other wood uses. He highlighted the challenges and possible solutions.

Mr. Francisco Aguilar is Associate Professor of Forest Resource Economics and Policy at the School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri (USA), and author of the book « Wood energy in developed economies ».

The short video “More heat with less wood” showing how to improve energy efficiency will be broadcasted. In the video efficient heating technologies, combustion, pyrolysis, thermal insulation, wood storage as well as aspects of consumer health and behaviour related to wood use are visualised and explained in an easy to understand manner.

The video is currently available in English with Russian subtitles, in Albanian and in Turkish.

The theme of International Day of Forests is decided by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (pdf).

Please find our news release on the occasion of the International Day of Forests, a blog article by UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Bach "In use since 400,000 B.C. and no end in sight" and pictures from the event. 



Information resources available online for your International Day of Forests celebrations

FAO: http://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/en/
UNFF: www.un.org/esa/forests/outreach/international-day-of-forests/index

UNECE/FAO: "More heat with less wood" video: ENG/RUS, ALB, TUR 
2017: ENG/RUS, ALB, TUR 
2016: www.fao.org/news/audio-video/detail-video/en/?uid=11551
2015: www.fao.org/forestry/idf/91620/en/
2014: www.fao.org/forestry/idf/91653/en/
2013: www.fao.org/forestry/idf/91655/en/
UNFF’s forest films: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL002C05D26762AAF3 (see #55-67 and 74-84)
Forest financing films: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL002C05D26762AAF3 (see #85-88)

Posters and design products
FAO: http://www.fao.org/international-day-of-forests/logo-banners/
UNFF: www.un.org/esa/forests/outreach/international-day-of-forests/design/index

UN Secretary-General’s messages:
2016: www.un.org/press/en/2016/sgsm17610.doc.htm
2015: www.un.org/press/en/2015/sgsm16597.doc.htm
2014: www.un.org/press/en/2014/sgsm15706.doc.htm
2013: www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sgsm14888.doc.htm

Social media
Hashtag: #IntlForestDay
@UNECE twitter.com/UNECE
@FAOForestry twitter.com/FAOForestry
@UNDESA twitter.com/undesa

To register for the meeting please use the ECE's on-line registration tool. If you have not previously attended a meeting you will need to create an account.

Go here for information on attending meetings at the Palais des Nations.