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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 Tuesday, 5 October 2010


View of Rome near FAO.
COFO 2010On Tuesday, 5 October, delegates met at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy for the second day of the 20th Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 2010) and the 2010 World Forest Week.

In the morning, simultaneous COFO sessions were held on forest fire and health, and on forests and water, both in the context of climate change.

On forest fire and health, delegates heard presentations on national fire management strategies and their links to climate change in the United States, Portugal, Tanzania, Russia and Australia.

On forests and water, panelists were asked to address: the collaboration between water and forest sectors in their countries; lessons learned, challenges, and opportunities resulting from this collaboration; and the role of water and forest sectors in addressing climate change.

In the afternoon, delegates took part in various events of World Forest Week in support of COFO 2010. Panel presentations and discussions took place on: new developments in forest finance; linking policy dialogue and implementation; communicating the potential of forestry to the finance sector; and governance.

A smaller event took place on REDD+.

Also taking place throughout the day were parallel events and meetings of the World Forest Week, on: measuring forest degradation; European forests; developing a guide to implementation of phytosanitary standards in forestry; and meetings of the Advisory Committee on Paper and Wood Products and the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations. The University of Tuscia hosted an international conference-forum on the implications of emerging economic mechanisms on forest-related policies and sector governance.

A welcome reception hosted by the FAO was held in the evening.
Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Monday, 4 October - Tuesday, 5 October - Wednesday, 6 October - Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October

COFO 2010
Item 5.3 - Forest and Water in the Context of Climate Change
L-R: Karma Dukpa, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan; Moshibudi Rampedi, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa; İsmail Belen, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Turkey; Moujahed Achouri, FAO; Chair Anders Lönnblad, Deputy-Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture, Sweden; Alexander Müller, FAO Assistant Director-General; Wladimir Tene, Director Nacional Forestal, Ecuador; and Rolf Manser, Head of Forestry Division, Switzerland
Thomas Hofer, FAO
Alexander Müller, FAO Assistant Director-General
Karma Dukpa, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan
Moshibudi Rampedi, Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa
İsmail Belen, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Turkey
İsmail Belen’s presentation.
Rolf Manser, Head of Forestry Division, Switzerland
Delegates during the session.
L-R: John D. Liu, Environmental Education Media Project; Jerilyn Levi, United States of America; and Jan McAlpine, Director, UN Forum on Forests Secretariat (UNFF)

Item 5.2 - Forest Health and Forest Fire in the Context of Climate Change
L-R: A. Eritsov, Deputy Chief, Russian Aerial Forest Fire Centre, Russian Federation; João A. da Silva Rocha Pinho, National Director for Forest Management, Portugal; Felician Kilahama, Ministry of Forests and Beekeeping, Tanzania; Vice-chair Jim Farrell, Canadian Forest Service; Jim Carle, FAO; Moderator J.A. Prado, FAO; N. Cooper, Manager Fire, Forest and Roads Department Territory and Municipal Services, Australia; T. Tidwell Chief, Forest Service, United States of America; and Gillian Allard, FAO
Gillian Allard, FAO
Jim Carle’s presentation.
Jim Carle, FAO
Felician Kilahama, Ministry of Forests and Beekeeping, Tanzania
Tom Tidwell’s presentation.
Tom Tidwell, Chief, Forest Service, United States of America

COFO Plenary
L-R: Michael Martin, FAO; José Antonio Prado, FAO; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO; Chair Anders Lönnblad, Deputy-Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture, Sweden; Peter Csoka, FAO; and Jim Farrell, Canadian Forest Service
Paul Oquist Kelley, Nicaragua
Nagla Dawelbait, Sudan
Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO

New Developments in Forest Finance
L-R: Peter Besseau, Natural Resources, Canada; Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF; Christian Mersmann, Managing Director, Global Mechanism; Gerhard Dieterle, World Bank; Michael Martin, FAO; Yemi Katerere, UN-REDD Programme; and Ulrich Apel, Global Environment Facility

Linking Policy Dialogue and Implementation
L-R: Ewald Rametsteiner, FAO; Liu Daoping, Planted Forest Quality Assurance State Forest Administration, China; Jim Carle, FAO; Felician Kilahama, Ministry of Forests and Beekeeping, Tanzania; and David Kpelle, Ghana

Panel of Scientists and Heads of Forestry on Governance
L-R: P.J. Dilip Kumar, Director General of Forests, India; Karl-Reinhard Volz, Director, Institute of Forest Policy, University of Freiburg, Germany; Margaret Shannon, European Forest Institute; Ewald Rametsteiner, FAO; Gérard Buttoud, University of Tuscia; Marilyn Headley, Forestry Department, Jamaica; Ahmed Ridha Fekih Salem, Director General of Forests, Tunisia; and Julius Chupezi Tieguhong, Cameroon
Participants during the session.

Communicating the Potential of Forestry to the Finance Sector
L-R: Manuel Ferreira, Paraguay; Reinhold Glauner, Waka - Forest Investment Services AG; Dominic Elson, International Trade and Development, Indonesia; Chair Jerker Thunberg, FAO; Marco Boscolo, FAO; Josué Morales, Instituto Nacional de Bosques, Guatemala; and Hans Thiel, FAO

Reception

Around the venue
L-R: Peter Csoka, FAO, and Reem Hajjar, ENB Team Leader
L-R: Douglas McGuire, FAO, and Chair Anders Lönnblad, Deputy-Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture, Sweden
Delegates during consultations before the morning session.
L-R: Abdul Rashid AB. Malik, Azman Mohd Saad, and Lee Su See, Forest Research Institute Malaysia
Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
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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