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Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

4-8 October 2010 | FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

Highlights for Monday, 4 October 2010


View of Rome near FAO.
COFO 2010On Monday morning, the 20th Session of the Committee on Forestry of the FAO (COFO 2010) and World Forest Week 2010 (WFW) opened at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

In the morning plenary, COFO 2010 adopted the agenda and elected officers, and heard country statements on the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA 2010). Reflecting on interventions made by delegates, Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General and Head of Forestry, FAO, highlighted the need to streamline reports in regions where other processes exist, and integrate remote sensing with traditional FRA methods.

In the afternoon, plenary addressed an agenda item on forest biodiversity in the context of climate change. Delegates heard panel presentations, and showed support for: FAO´s efforts to help countries in protecting biodiversity and gathering information for national strategies for mitigation, adaptation and forest management; and improving the quality instead of quantity of indicators for biodiversity assessment.

World Forest Week was opened on Monday morning by He Changchui, Deputy Director-General Operations, FAO. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), through a video message, lamented that there remains a high degree of variation in interpreting what constitutes sustainable forest management (SFM). Teresa Presas, President, International Council of Forest and Paper Associations, noted challenges facing the forest sector, including the economic downturn, access to fiber, and competition from wood substitutes. Niels E. Koch, President, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), highlighted IUFRO’s contributions to bridging the science-policy gap.

In the afternoon, delegates took part in two WFW events in support of COFO, on FRA 2010 and on biodiversity and phytosanitary standards.
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Monday, 4 October - Tuesday, 5 October - Wednesday, 6 October - Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October

COFO Plenary
L-R: José Antonio Prado, FAO; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO; Chair Anders Lönnblad, Deputy-Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture, Sweden; and Peter Csoka, FAO
Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO
Peter Csoka, FAO
Mette Løyche Wilkie, FAO
Chair Anders Lönnblad, Deputy-Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture, Sweden
Takeshi Goto, Japan
Ibrahim Abu Atileh, Jordan
Christine Farcy, European Union
Agus Sarsito, Indonesia
Delegates during the COFO 2010 plenary session.
L-R: Peter Csoka, FAO, and Jan McAlpine, Director, UN Forum on Forests Secretariat

World Forest Week 2010
Participants during the opening of WFW.
Chair Conceição Ferreira, Portugal
He Changchui, Deputy Director-General Operations, FAO
Teresa Presas, President, International Council of Forest and Paper
Niels Elers Koch’s presentation.
Niels Elers Koch, President, International Union of Forest Research Organizations

Biodiversity and Phytosanitary Standards
L-R: José Antonio Prado, FAO; Kerry Britton, United States Department of Agriculture; Peter Kenmore, FAO; Oudara Souvannavong, FAO; Tim Christophersen, CBD; Jean Claude Nguinguiri, FAO; and Jarkko Koskela, Bioversity International

Global FRA 2010
Participants during the session.
L-R: Zhang Min, Department of Forest Resources Management, China; Jim Farrell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Forest Service, Canada; Løyche Wilkie, FAO; Modreator Laura Russo, FAO; Joberto Feritas, Serviço Florestal Brasileiro, Brazil; Mukongo Shabantu Remy, Economic Community of Central African States; and Adrian Whiteman, FAO

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Monday, 4 October - Tuesday, 5 October - Wednesday, 6 October - Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October
Related Links
FAO resources
*COFO 2010 web site
*COFO 2010 provisional agenda
*COFO 2010 documents
*FAO Forestry web site
*FAO Committee on Forestry

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of COFO 2009, 16-20 March 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of COFO 2007, 12-16 March 2007, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of COFO 2005, 14-19 March 2005, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of COFO 2003, 10-14 March 2003, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS Forests, Desertification and Land web page
*IISD RS Introduction to Forests Processes
*Forests-L - A mailing list for news on forest policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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