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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 Wednesday, 6 October 2010


View of Rome near FAO.
COFO 2010On Wednesday, delegates to the 20th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 2010) met in plenary sessions to address agenda items on emerging opportunities and challenges in forest finance, forest governance and climate change; decisions and recommendations of FAO Bodies of Interest to COFO; and forestry programme priorities for FAO.

On strengthening public sector finance for sustainable forest management (SFM), delegates heard presentations on, inter alia, specialized financing mechanisms, and direct incentive and subsidy mechanisms. In the ensuing discussion, delegates reported on their respective country’s financing initiatives.

On forest governance, delegates heard presentations on illegal logging, and on FAO’s voluntary guidelines on forest tenure. Delegates discussed the possibility of including governance in future Forest Resource Assessments (FRA), and extending support to countries to strengthen forest governance.

On climate change and REDD+, delegates discussed ways in which FAO can support national REDD+ activities by building on existing efforts such as the FRA, integration of REDD into national forest programmes; strengthening governance and tenure; and financing strategies. Countries also called for enhanced regional cooperation, and help with accessing funds.

On programme priorities, some countries noted the need for clearly distinguishing between priority and non-priority activities, while others welcomed the Secretariat’s suggested priority areas, in particular its proposed activities on climate change.

Parallel events of World Forestry Week were also held throughout the day, on: hunting, trade and management of wildlife in tropical forests; emerging economic mechanisms; measuring forest degradation; phytosanitary standards; and the launch of the World Atlas of Mangroves. In the afternoon, delegates engaged in a panel-led discussion that brought together scientists and heads of forestry to discuss REDD. Several speakers expressed concerns regarding elements of REDD design that could undermine its effectiveness, including: the inclusion of logging; overly complex carbon accounting that will be difficult to monitor; re-centralization of governance and loss of local control.
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Monday, 4 October - Tuesday, 5 October - Wednesday, 6 October - Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October

COFO 2010
Strengthening Public Sector Finance for Sustainable Forest Management
L-R: Luis Torales Kennedy, Paraguay Forest Institute; Juan Manuel Torres-Rojo, Director, National Forest Commission, Mexico; Kiyeon Ko, Director, Korea Forest Service; Michael Martin, FAO; Vice-Chair Donatien N’zala, Director‐General, Ministry of Forest Economy, Congo; Moderator Hafez Ghanem, FAO; José Antonio Gonzalez Martin, Deputy Director-General for Forest Policy and Desertification, Spain; and Adrian Whiteman, FAO
Juan Manuel Torres-Rojo, Director, National Forest Commission, Mexico
Adrian Whiteman’s presentation.
Adrian Whiteman, FAO
Moderator Hafez Ghanem, FAO
Luis Torales Kennedy, Paraguay Forest Institute
Abdul Razak Ayazi, Afghanistan
Mevlut Düzgün, Turkey
Paul Oquist Kelley, Nicaragua
José Antonio Gonzalez Martin, Deputy Director-General for Forest Policy and Desertification, Spain
Kiyeon Ko, Director, Korea Forest Service
Delegates during the session.

Forest Governance
L-R: Eva Müller, FAO; Paul Munro-Faure, FAO; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO; Chair Ahmed Ridha Fekih Salem, Director General of Forests, Tunisia; Peter Csoka, FAO; and Nalin Kishor, World Bank
Nalin Kishor, World Bank
Eva Müller’s presentation.
Eva Müller, FAO
Delegates during the session.

REDD+
L-R: Michael Martin, FAO; Donatien N’zala, Director‐General, Ministry of Forest Economy, Congo; Peter Csoka, FAO; Chair Anders Lönnblad, Deputy-Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture, Sweden; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO; José Antonio Prado, FAO; and Ahmed Ridha Fekih Salem, Director General of Forests, Tunisia
Henri Djombo, Minister of Forestry and Environment, Congo
Zhang Hongyan, China
Damiana Mann, Paraguay
Christine Farcy, European Union
José Antonio Prado, FAO
José Antonio Prado’s presentation.
Renato Barros de Aguilar Leonardi, Brazil
Knut Øistad, Norway
Gilbert Canet Brenes, Costa Rica
Christian Küchli, Switzerland
Jerilyn Levi, US
The US delegation at the end of the session.

Panel of Scientists and Heads of Forestry on REDD+
L-R: Alain Karsenty, Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic research for Development (CIRAD); Elena Petkova, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Francesco Carbone, University of Tuscia; Boen Purnama, Secretary General, Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia; Eva Müller, FAO; Moderator Marco Boscolo, FAO; Marlo Mendoza, Director, Forest Management Bureaux, Philippines; and Samuel Afari Dartey, Chief Executive Officer, Forestry Commission, Ghana
Samuel Afari Dartey, Chief Executive Officer, Forestry Commission, Ghana
Alain Karsenty, CIRAD
Francesco Carbone, University of Tuscia
Marlo Mendoza, Director, Forest Management Bureaux, Philippines
Boen Purnama, Secretary General, Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia
Elena Petkova, CIFOR
. Harlan Cohen, IUCN Harlan Cohen, IUCN Harlan Cohen, IUCN
Participants during the discussion.

Around the venue
L-R: Reem Hajjar, ENB Team Leader, and Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland
Participants picking up the day’s documents.
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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