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Workshop on Strategies for increased mobilisation of wood resources from sustainable sources

16 - 18 June 2009

Grenoble, France

The UNECE/FAO Timber Section, EFI, CEPI, CEPF, COPA-COGECA, ENFE, EUSTAFOR and MCPFE are organising a workshop on strategies for increased mobilisation of wood resources from sustainable sources, with the kind support of the French Ministry of Agriculture and of CEMAGREF. The workshop is an activity of the MCPFE Work Programme on the follow-up of the 5th Ministerial Conference, held in Warsaw 2007. The 2nd announcement of the workshop was sent out on 23 April 2009. Please find the provisional programme here.


In recent years, ambitious targets for renewable energies at national and European level, combined with rising energy prices, have led to an increase in wood demand. As a consequence, the competition between wood for bio-energy and for the wood-processing industry is an increasing challenge. The sound mobilisation of unused or underused wood resources will be a cornerstone in fulfilling the requirements of sustainable forest management and wood supply security. The issue is of importance even during the present downturn as the sector must be prepared for the forthcoming recovery in demand and to face long term structural challenges.

Objectives of the workshop

• Explore concrete cases of wood mobilisation in different circumstances and know about the lessons learned;

• Identify the drivers and obstacles of increased wood mobilisation;

• Discuss the most realistic strategic options for mobilisation and their applicability in different climatic, regional, geographic, etc. circumstances.

The programme of the workshop will include one day of field trip on 17 June to see on the ground mobilisation activities in mountain regions. 

Participants are asked to register in advance and submit to UNECE/FAO (workshop.grenoble-->unece.org) a written contribution according to the following questions (download template here) the latest by 8 May 2009:

• What have you done in the field of mobilisation/what measures did you implement or were you involved in?

• What are the lessons learned from this implementation/activity (including supporting and impeding factors)?

• Who is the responsible (contact details, source for more information, studies, reports, weblinks, etc.)?  

For more practical information on the meeting and location please click here.

Conclusions and Recommendations

Workshop participants adopted conclusions and recommendations, on the basis of the presentations and the workshop deliberations. They agreed on principles to be applied in wood mobilization efforts, and areas within which lies the most promising mobilization potential. They recommended specific measures to be considered by policy makers and market partners. Overall, they noted that significant work has already been done, while recognizing that more efforts are needed to bring together the work done at the policy level and good practice examples. They requested UNECE/FAO, MCPFE, and the European Commission, together with workshop partners, to develop good practice guidance on sustainable wood mobilization."