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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 Friday, 8 October 2010


L-R: Chair Anders Lönnblad, Deputy-Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture, Sweden, and Peter Csoka, FAO, during the closing plenary.
COFO 2010On the concluding day of the 20th session of the Committee on Forestry of the FAO (COFO 2010), delegates gathered in plenary in the morning to hear a report on a seminar on emerging economic mechanisms and their implications for forest-related policies and sector governance, held as part of World Forest week. They then heard presentations on the conclusions of the XIII World Forestry Congress (WFC), held in 2009 in Argentina, and bids from South Africa and India for hosting the XIV WFC in 2015. Many African countries, as well as Switzerland, supported the South African bid, noting that the Congress has never been held in Africa, and recognizing the potential the first congress on the continent could have. The submissions of the two countries, as well as the recommendations heard in plenary, were forwarded to the FAO Council for a final decision. Delegates also decided that the 21st session of COFO will be held in October 2012, in Rome, Italy.

World Forest Week events were also held throughout the day. In the morning, IUFRO presented “Embracing Complexity: Meeting Forest Governance Challenges,” a report produced by the Global Forest Expert Panel on the international forest regime. Other events during the day included: a meeting of the Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) advisory group; discussions on phytosanitary standards; an international workshop on forest restoration using treated waste water; and a discussion on FRA remote sensing.

In the afternoon, delegates adopted the report of COFO 2010, with some amendments. FAO Assistant Director General Eduardo Rojas-Briales thanked delegates for their contributions that allowed for a “360 degree view on forests,” and COFO Chair Anders Lönnblad closed the meeting at 4:32pm.

A summary and analysis of the meeting will be available on this site on Monday, 11 October 2010.
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COFO Plenary
Olman Serrano, FAO
Tomás Schlichter, Argentina
Leopold Montes, Secretary General of the XIII World Forestry Congress 2009
Dilip Kumar, India
Moshibudi Rampedi’s presentation.
Moshibudi Rampedi, South Africa
Solomon Gamedre, Swaziland
Madingou Andre Jules, Gabon
Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Ghana
Mike Dudley, International Policy Forestry Commission, United Kingdom
Xiao Wangxin, China
Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO
Chair Anders Lönnblad, Deputy-Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture, Sweden
Participants during the closure of the meeting.
L-R: Peter Csoka, FAO; José Antonio Prado, FAO; Chair Anders Lönnblad, Deputy-Director-General, Ministry of Agriculture, Sweden; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO; and Michael Martin, FAO

World Forest Week (WFW) Parallel Events
Meeting of the Forest Resources Assessment Advisory Group.
Participants during the session on Phytosanitary Standards.
Participants during the International Workshop on Forest Restoration Using Treated Waste Water.
Participants during the event on Forest Resources Assessment Remote Sensing Survey.

Parallel Event on Embracing Complexity: Meeting Forest Governance Challenges (International Union of Forest Research Organizations)
L-R: Constance McDermott, Oxford University; Alexander Buck, IUFRO; Jeremy Rainer, University of Saskatchewan; and Heidi Vanhanen, Finnish Forest Research Institute
Constance McDermott, Oxford University
Heidi Vanhanen, Finnish Forest Research Institute
Jeremy Rainer, University of Saskatchewan
Jeremy Rainer’s presentation.
Constance McDermott’s presentation.
. . . .
Participants during the discussion.

Around the venue
Secretariat staff for COFO 2010.
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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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