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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. 

Предварительную программу КЛЛО2018 на русском языке можно загрузить здесь.


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. In order to benefit from special rates for conference participants, please book before 5 October 2018 through the following 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.



Visa Information


As Canada does not have a visa office in every country, it is important that delegates visit the website of the Canadian visa office responsible for processing visa applications. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required. Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year. Participants are therefore encouraged to apply approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time. 


Electronic Applications (e-Apps)Submission at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) in person or by mail) 
  • This system allows clients to submit applications online. 
  • Delegates that choose to apply online will not have to submit their passport until requested to do so by a visa officer. 
  • The visa office will send the applicant instructions on how and where to send their passports to finalize the visa process.
  • VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants. 
  • VACs provide a number of services to clients, including help applicants fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete. 
  • Reduces unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications. 
  • VACs serve as collection point for applicants required to provide a biometric. 
  • VACs send applications to visa offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner. 
  • VACs do not process visa applications and have no decision-making authority. 

New- Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

As of November 10, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents are not eligible to apply for an eTA. 

Doc No.Official DocumentsENGFRRU

Provisional Agenda



Vancouver Invitation on Sustainable Forest Products for a Better Future



Panel discussion on markets "Market Discussions"


2018 country market statements

Forest Products Annual Market Review 2017-2018

Forecast tables and Market Statement (current year will be available after the meeting)


Review of 2018 activities, and activities planned for 2019



Draft Rules of Procedure for the Committee



Report of and recommendations from the Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management




The following field trips will be organized on Friday, 9 November 2018. A registration link will be sent to registered participants throughout September and October. Participation is on a first come, first served basis, so early registration is encouraged. 

Field Trip 1: Half-day tour around Stanley Park 

Field Trip 2: Full-day forestry tour of UBC Malcom Knapp Research Forest, Maple Ridge

Field Trip 3: Half-day tour to explore wooden architecture in Vancouver 


Field Trip 1: Half-day tour around Stanley Park 

On the traditional territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish First Nations people, Stanley Park is Vancouver's first, largest, urban park consisting of 400 hectares of natural west coast rainforest. From its grand opening in 1888 to current day, three ongoing themes remain important in the story of Stanley Park:

  • Preserve and protect the ecology of Stanley Park
  • Ensure the sustainability of Stanley Park
  • Enhance Vancouver's livability through the enjoyment of Stanley Park

Enjoy a half-day tour of this green oasis in the midst of the urban landscape of Vancouver. Participants will visit areas of restoration and forest management to learn how the park is managed and how the City has responded to help the forest recover from multiple devastating natural events. 

The tour will be hosted by Paul Lawson of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.

Field Trip 2: Full-day forestry tour of UBC Malcom Knapp Research Forest, Maple Ridge

The Malcolm Knapp Research Forest is located on the traditional territory of the Katzie First Nation.  The 5,157 hectare forest is located in the foothills of the Coast Mountains, approximately 60 km east of Vancouver.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) took over the management of the forest in 1949, and since then research and education became the main focus of the area. Besides research, operations in the forest include timber harvesting, silviculture and a small sawmill. On Loon Lake, the largest lake on the forest, UBC built the Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre that is used as a year-round outdoor education centre and during the summer months is home to Camp Goodtimes, a summer program for remarkable kids fighting cancer.

Enjoy a full day tour of the Malcom Knapp Research Forest and visit areas of active forest management and research. The tour will be hosted by Cheryl Power, Assistant Manager of the Malcom Knapp Research Forest.    

Field Trip 3: Half-day tour to explore wooden architecture in Vancouver 

Enjoy a stroll around the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC), which is at the forefront of revitalizing wood construction. Integrating wood, a renewable material that stores carbon, into buildings, reflects UBC's committment to sustainability and pioneering new building technologies which expands the market for B.C. forest products. 

You will be joined by various experts who will share with you their insights and give you a unique perspective on building with wood. 


Dr. M. Hosny El-Lakany  Dr. Alessandro Leonardi Mr. 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 Goodland Dr. Guido Wimmers Mr. Craig Mitchell 
Managing Principal at Brantwood Consulting    Associate Professor in Integrated Wood Design, University of Northern British Columbia   Director of Innovative Solutions at Metric Modular


Mr. Lars Sanberg Ms. Susan Jones Ms. 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"


President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative


Mr. Oliver Lang Mr. Alfred Waugh  Prof. Pekka Leskinen
Architect and founding principal
of LWPAC and CEO of Intelligent City


Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, and founder of Formline Architecture


Head of Bioeconomy Programme and Professor at the European Forest Institute
Mr. Harald Aalde Mr. Robert van de Kerkhof Dr. Francisco Aguilar
Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Chief Commercial Officer of Lenzing AG Associate Professor of Forest Economics, University of Missouri
Mr. Peter N. Moonen Dr. Guy Robertson Mr. Paolo Scommegna
National Sustainability Manager for the Canadian Wood Council  National Sustainability Program Leader with U.S. Forest Service Wood Supply Manager - Gruppo Mauro Saviola
Dr. Zuzana Sarvašová Prof. José Torero Ms. Laura Plant 
Senior researcher, Department of Forest Policy, Economics and Forest Management, National Forest Centre Slovakia Director of Center for Disaster Resilience at the Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Impact economist in PwC's Sustainable Business Solutions practice 

Mr. Paul Newman Dr. Werner Kurz  Mr. Magnus Niklasson
Co-founder of Canada Wood Group initiative Senior Research Scientiest at the Canadian Forest Service Wood products analyst at the Swedish Forest Industries Federation 
Mr. Andrew Bowerbank Ms. Matilda van den Bosch Dr. Bruce Glass
National Vice President, Sustainability & Energy at WSP MD, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Senior Forest Economist at Campbell Global LLC