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Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy

The Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy (RAP) was adopted by “Metsä2013”, the joint session of the Committee and the Commission, held in Rovaniemi, Finland, from 9 to 13 December 2013.

The Action Plan describes how the forest sector in the ECE region could lead the way towards the green economy and proposes an overall vision, strategies and areas of activities and actions to enhance the transition of the forest sector towards a green economy.

It is not a binding work plan, nor does it contain prescriptive recommendations to member States, international organizations or stakeholders, who are free to participate, or not, as they wish.

“The Action Plan proposes that by 2020, the ECE region’s forest sector will be applying the following principles, to achieve its vision:

1. The forest sector uses all its resources, especially those arising from the forest, wisely and economically, minimising waste, recovering, reusing and recycling as much as possible. It consumes only products from forests, which can demonstrate that they are managed sustainably.

2. The forest sector contributes to mitigation of climate change by sequestering carbon in forests and forest products and by substituting renewable wood based products and fuels for non-renewable products and fuels.

3. The forest sector cares for and builds up its workforce, developing the necessary skills and significantly improving the occupational safety and health of workers.

4. The forest sector takes all externalities fully into account in policy making, introducing payment for forest ecosystem services when feasible.

5. The forest sector bases its governance on evidence-based decision making and the transparent monitoring of progress towards sustainable forest management.”

- Rovaniemi Action Plan

- Plan d'action Rovaniemi

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Reference: UNECE/FAO, 2014, Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy, p. 4.

The Vision of the Rovaniemi Action Plan

"In a green economy, the forest sector makes a maximum contribution to human well-being, through the supply of marketed and unmarketed forest goods and services, and the creation of revenue and livelihoods, while conserving forest biodiversity, and maintaining and developing forest ecosystem services on a sustainable basis, all within the context of a changing climate. A green economy opens up additional opportunities for growth and employment in the forest sector.

In a green economy, the forest sector protects the welfare of all stakeholders, including forest dependent indigenous peoples, forest owners, forest industry and the forestry workforce, uses all resources wisely and economically, and contributes to the mitigation of climate change through both sequestration and substitution, while providing tools for climate change adaptation of societies.

In a green economy, forest sector governance systems take into full account all of the ecosystem services provided by the forest, compensating suppliers for providing them whenever feasible. Progress is monitored in a transparent way, and policies adjusted to reach the goals which will be agreed at the national, regional or local levels. The forest sector learns from other parts of the emerging green economy and shares its own experience with them, to mutual benefit."

Reference: UNECE/FAO, 2014, Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy, p. 2-3.

The 5 Pillars of the Rovaniemi Action Plan

 

Pillar A. Sustainable production and consumption of forest products

Goal: Patterns of production, consumption and trade of forest products are truly sustainable

 

Pillar B. The low carbon forest sector

Goal: The forest sector makes the best possible contribution to mitigation (sequestration, storage and substitution) of, and adaptation to, climate change

 

Pillar C. Decent green jobs in the forest sector

Goal: The workforce is able to implement sustainable forest management, and the forest sector contributes to achieving the social goals of the green economy by providing decent jobs

 

Pillar D. Long term provision of Forest Ecosystem Services

Goal: Forest functions are identified and valued and payments for ecosystem services (PES) are established, encouraging sustainable production and consumption patterns

 

Pillar E. Policy development and monitoring of the forest sector in relation to a green economy

Goal: Policies and institutions relevant to the forest sector promote sustainable forest management; policy making is evidence-based, policy instruments are effective, efficient and equitable and monitoring is adequate in order to mainstream the green economy in forest sector policies.

 

 



Pillar A: Sustainable Forest Products; and Pillar B: Low carbon forest sector
Pillar C: Decent Green Jobs in the Forest Sector
Pillar D: Forest Ecosystem Services; and Pillar E: Policy development and monitoring of the forest sector

Mid-Term review of the Rovaniemi Action Plan

The Joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section undertook the mid-term review of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy between March 2017 and March 2018.

The mid-term review of the Rovaniemi Action Plan aimed to promote the exchange of information on the status of implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan and, more generally, on the contribution of the forest sector to a green economy.

This webpage contains information on the mid-term review process, contributions provided by member States and other stakeholders and the status of the RAP implementation by the Joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section. 

Click here to view the advance version of the publication "Mid-term review of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy".

Mandate

The Rovaniemi Action Plan proposes to achieve its overall goal, “the greatest possible contribution of the forest sector to the green economy”, by 2020. The work on the mid-term review is in line with the RAP’s recommendation requesting the ECE Committee on Forests and Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) to “monitor progress of the forest sector towards a green economy and prepare, as a part of its integrated Programme of Work, a report on “The Forest Sector in a Green Economy in the ECE Region”.

The need for the mid-term review of the RAP was reiterated by member States in the ECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Policy (Forest Policy Network), which provided guidance to the process. The work on the mid-term review benefitted also from the guidance of the Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management.

Methodology

The Joint Section invited all stakeholders of the Rovaniemi Action Plan to report about actions they have implemented and are in line with the RAP.

The review process started on 28 March 2017, when the Joint Section discussed a proposed roadmap to the mid-term review work to the ECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Policy (Forest Policy Network) during its meeting in Geneva. The proposal involved the preparation of a mid-term review report, which would include a summary of regional progress in the implementation of the RAP. Further to the report, and in order to ensure a wide stakeholder consultation to develop recommendations on the further implementation of the RAP, a workshop was envisaged. In addition, a webpage including information gathered through the mid-term review was to be developed.

Between June 2017 and February 2018, stakeholders were invited to provide contributions to the mid-term review. As a result, inputs were received from Austria, Estonia, Poland, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Global Fire Monitoring Center.  

In addition to reaching out to the stakeholders of the Rovaniemi Action Plan to collect information on its implementation, the Joint Section also reviewed its own activities, where the Section was identified as leading actor. The results of this review are presented on this webpage and included in the mid-term review report.

The outcome of the mid-term review  was presented to the fortieth session of the Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 22 March 2018.

The mid-term review workshop

A workshop on the mid-term review of the RAP took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-14 February 2018.

The summary of the workshop is available here.

A news article has been published on the outcome of the workshop.

For more information about the workshop, please refer to the meeting webpage.

 

 

Member States and other stakeholder contribution

The following contributions to the implementation of the RAP were submitted to the Joint Section by member States and other stakeholders.

 

Member State / StakeholderDateDownload
AustriaJan 2018PDF
EstoniaSept 2017

PDF

PolandJan 2018PDF
United KingdomSept 2017PDF
United StatesJan 2018PDF
Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the Global Wildland Fire Network (GWFN)Sept 2017PDF

  

Joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section contribution

The Joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section has been mandated to disseminate information about the RAP, to monitor its implementation and to directly contribute to reaching its goal by undertaking activities included in the ECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work 2014-2017. Through its various activities, the Joint Section addressed the following activities:  

DocumentDownload
RAP implementation by the Joint Section (February 2018)PDF
Document ECE/TIM/2015/Inf.3-FO:EFC/15/Inf.3, submitted to the joint session of the 73rd session COFFI and the 38th session of EFC (2015)PDF
Document ECE/TIM/2014/4, submitted to the 72nd session of COFFI (2014)PDF

For more information about the Rovaniemi Action Plan and its mid-term review, please contact Ms Alicja Kacprzak Forestry Officer at the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section.