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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 Thursday, 7 October 2010


View of Piazza Venezia.
COFO 2010On Thursday, delegates to the 20th session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 2010) met in a plenary session to address an agenda item on communicating the role of forests in sustainable development, including through the International Year of forests 2011.

Delegates heard presentations on the linkages between national forest programmes and poverty reduction strategies; participatory programmes to address deforestation; the importance of communicating the challenges and achievements of forestry departments and integrating the needs of other sectors; and the potential of cross-sectoral cooperation with respect to investment programmes. Delegates also heard presentations on the preparations for the International Year of Forests 2011 (IYF), and discussed the challenges for forestry in sustainable development, the importance of cross-sectoral and land use planning, and the challenge of including a broader view of forests in the next Global Forest Resources Assesment.

Parallel events of World Forest Week were also held throughout the day. In a session supporting COFO, participants heard presentations on IYF preparations, and on the activities and lessons learned from the International Year of Biodiversity. Delegates: highlighted the opportunity presented by the IYF to promote the importance of forests to the general public and to politicians; described planned national activities for the IYF; and brought up the important role that NGOs will play in national promotional activities.

Other parallel events included a meeting of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) Task Force on a common understanding of SFM; sustainable mountain development in Turkey; and phytosanitary standards; and Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT).
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Monday, 4 October - Tuesday, 5 October - Wednesday, 6 October - Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October

World Forest Week: Opportunities for the International Year of Forests 2011
Peter Csoka, FAO
Jan McAlpine’s presentation.
Jan McAlpine, Director, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat
Michel Laverdière, FAO
Tim Christophersen’s presentation.
Tim Christophersen, Convention on Biological Diversity

COFO Plenary
L-R: Jan McAlpine, Director, UNFF; Gerhard Dieterle, World Bank; Gerhard Mannsberger, Director-General of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry Environment and Water Management, Austria; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO; Karma Dukpa, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan; Peter Csoka, FAO; Moderator Annika Söder, FAO; Gilbert Canet Brenes, Director of Natural Resources Management, National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), Costa Rica; and Abdelazim Mirghani Ibrahim, Sudan
Gilbert Canet Brenes, Director, SINAC, Costa Rica
Gilbert Canet Brenes’s presentation.
Gerhard Mannsberger, Director-General of Forestry, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry Environment and Water Management, Austria
Rwamirama Bright, Minister of State for Agirculture, Animal Industry & Fisheries, Uganda
Souleymane Gueye, Senegal
Kiyeon Ko, Director, Korea Forest Service
Ana Maria Sampaio Fernandes, Brazil
Gerhard Dieterle, World Bank
Eduardo Rojas-Briales presentation.
Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO
Participants during the session.
L-R: Simon Wolf, ENB Writer; Reem Hajjar, ENB Team Leader; Lauren Flejzor, FAO; Peter Wood, ENB Writer; and Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO

World Forest Week Parallel Events
Participants during the event on “Phytosanitary Standards.”
Participants during the MEDFOR Meeting of Silva Mediterranean Member States.
Participants during the event on FLEGT.
Meeting of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests.
Participants during the event on “Sustainable Mountain Development in Turkey.”
Participants during the Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission Bureau Meeting.
Participants during the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission Bureau Meeting.
The Collaborative Partnership on Forests Task Force on Developing a Common Understanding of Sustainable Forest Management
Participants during the session on Phytosanitary Standards.
Participants during the Near East Forestry and Range Commission Bureau meeting.

Around the venue
L-R: Reem Hajjar, ENB Team Leader; Jim Ball, Commonwealth Forestry Association; and John Innes, University of British Columbia
Document desk staff.
L-R: Florent Kaiser and Catherine Steffy Pater, International Forestry Students Association
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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