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

5 - 9 November 2018

Vancouver, Canada

The 76th session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) will be held in Vancouver, Canada from 5 to 9 November 2018.

The Committee will review and guide activities in data collection and analysis, policy support, capacity building and communication. Under the title 'Building the Future with Forests', the meeting will focus on the transition towards a more sustainable society and a circular economy, based on the provision of forest products from sustainably managed forests.

In order to find tangible solution to these issues, the 'Building the Future with Forests' meeting will bring experts, policy makers, business leaders as well as national delegates together through a variety of panel discussions concentrating primarily on the challenges and opportunities for timber and forest products markets, as well as the forests and the circular economy. 



Please download the draft programme of COFFI2018 here. 


Please download the flyer of COFFI2018 here

On-line registration: 

Registration is now open via this link: https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=NMK1gc 

Please register at your earliest convenience, and allow enough time for visa application and processing. If you do not yet have a registration account, you will need to create one. Should your e-mail address already exist in the UNECE contact database, your details will be automatically retrieved. 

Deadline for registration: 31 October 2018.

The meeting will take place at: 

Vancouver Convention Centre

1055 Canada Place

Vancouver, BC


Visit the website of the Convention Centre.



If you are arriving by air, you will most likely be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). From the airport to the hotel and convention centre, you can take a taxi, which will cost around $40.00. Alternatively, public transport is cheaper and very easy too. From YVR-Airport Station, you can take the Canada Line Skytrain to Waterfront Station, which will take approximately 25 minutes and cost $9.10. From the station, it is a 6-minute walk to the convention centre and the hotel. 


Working language: 

The plenary sessions of the meeting will have simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Russian.



The Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel is conveniently located right next to the Convention Centre, with beautiful views of the downtown waterfront. 

Conference participants can benefit from special rates by following either of these options

a) Book your stay via this booking link.

b) Call the reservations hotline 604-662-3223; toll-free numbers: 1-800-663-1515 (Canada) and 1-800-937-1515 (USA), or fax (604-695-2469)

c) Send an email to reservations@PanPacificVancouver.com and quote the Reservations ID: CANW118 


Arrival Information Note

For your convenience, find all information about the venue, accommodation, visa, etc. summarized in this document.



Doc No.Official DocumentsENGFRRUES

Provisional Agenda





Vancouver Invitation on Sustainable Forest Products for a Better Future



Review of 2018 activities, and activities planned for 2019



Draft Rules of Procedure for the Committee



Speakers and moderators (more to be announced soon)

Dr. M. Hosny El-Lakany Mr. Alessandro LeonardiMr. Stefan Zöllig
Adjunct Professor, Department of Forest     
Resources Management, University of British Colombia     
Managing Director and co-founder of ETIFOR Valuing Nature.    Founder and CEO of Timbatec
Ms. Helen GoodlandDr. Guido WimmersMr. Craig Mitchell 
Managing Principal at Brantwood Consulting      
and interim Executive Director of Vancouver's   
Zero Emissions Buildings Centre of Excellence    
Associate Professor in Integrated Wood Design,   
University of Northern British Colombia  
Director of Innovative Solutions at Metric Modular


Mr. Lars SanbergMs. Susan JonesMs. Kathy Abusow
Project Manager in Innovation  
Strategy at BillerudKorsnäs


Founder and principal architect of atelierjones, Seattle, USA, 
and author of "Mass Timber - Design and Research", published in 2017


President and CEO

Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.


Mr. Oliver Lang
Architect and founding principal
of LWPAC and CEO of Intelligent City