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Forests Policy & Practice

Metsä2013 - Joint Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) European Forestry Commission

9-13 December 2013 | Rovaniemi, Finland

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Highlights for Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Metsä2013 reconvened today in Rovaniemi, Finland. In the morning, delegates adopted the agenda without amendment.

Market discussions
In the morning, Metsä2013 Co-Chair Heikki Granholm (Finland) chaired a roundtable discussion on the latest information regarding trends and trade of forest products in the UNECE region. Florian Steierer, UNECE Secretariat, introduced the discussion, noting that its outcomes will feed into the draft Market Statement that will emanate from Metsä2013 (ECE/TIM/2013/3−FO:EFC/2013/3).

Antti Koskinen, senior consultant at Pöyry Management Consulting, presented key findings of the European part of the UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review 2012-2013. He said structural changes are needed to sustain a healthy forest industry. Ramazan Bali, Harvesting and Marketing Department, Turkish General Directorate of Forestry, elaborated on developments in the forest market in Turkey.

Vladimir Styazhkin, Russian State Research Center of the Timber Industry Complex, presented the Russian market overview, noting large regional differences in the situation of the forest industry. Gordon Culbertson, Forest2Markets Inc., presented the North American market overview. He highlighted regional differences and trends among the main producing areas in the US and Canada.

Engaging the private sector
In the afternoon, Gordon Culbertson, Forest2Market Inc., moderated a roundtable on engaging the private sector, which addressed the following question: “What are the opportunities and challenges in the forest products industries that policy makers and others should be aware of to maintain a thriving forest industry?”

Eight speakers, representing various major private players in the international forestry arena, presented their experiences and views regarding this question. They discussed various innovative approaches to, among other things, forest ownership, construction and architecture, and adding value to forest products along the value chain. They concluded that “everything that is made of oil can be made of wood,” and called for improved and open communication with policy makers to ensure that standards and regulations are in line with the needs and realities of the private sector.

FAO global activities of relevance to the meeting
In the afternoon, in a session chaired by Metsä2013 Co-Chair Andrey Filipchuk (Russian Federation), Christophe Besacier, FAO, presented the progress on the preparation of the State and Conservation of the World's Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) and the Global Plan of Action for the Conservation, Sustainable Use and Development of Forest Genetic Resources (ECE/TIM/2013/Inf.4−FO:EFC/2013/Inf.4 and Appendix).

Delegates also discussed the role of forests in ensuring food security. Peter Csóka, FAO, presented highlights from the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, held in May 2013 at FAO Headquarters. He underscored the need for: securing access for forest-dependent communities to forest resources; cross-sectoral policy approaches; more integrated land use planning; and restoration of degraded lands.

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A view of the arctic scenery
Market Discussions roundtable
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Co-Chair Andrey Filipchuk, Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Forestry Agency
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Co-Chair Heikki Granholm, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
Florian Steierer, Secretariat, UNECE/FAO
Antti Koskinen, Pöyry Management Consulting, Finland
Ramazan Bali, Harvesting and Marketing Department, Turkish General Directorate of Forestry
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Vladimir Styazhkin, Deputy General Director of Federal State Unitary Enterprise, State Research Center of the timber industry complex, Russian Federation
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Gordon Culbertson, Regional Manager, Pacific Northwest, Forest2Market Inc
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From L-R: Aljoscha Requardt, Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF), Kimmo Järvinen, European Organization of the Sawmill Industry (EOS), and Bernard de Galembert, Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), presenting a new children’s book, “The unexpected forest.” The book is an initiative of these three organizations and the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR), and aims to raise awareness of the potential contribution of forests to a green future.
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Aino Virtanen, Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (left), and Kristiina Vuopala, Metsähallitus, on behalf of the meeting organizers, announced that all country delegations would be presented with their own bird house as a souvenir of the meeting.
Engaging the Private Sector roundtable
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The panel during the roundtable discussion
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Mike Jostrom, Director of Renewable Resources, Plum Creek Timber Company
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Kimmo Järvinen, Secretary General, European Organization of the Sawmill Industry
Matti Mikkola, Senior Vice President, Building Solutions, Stora Enso
Bernard-Yves Capelle, Architect
Bernard de Galembert, Forest and Innovation Director, Social Affairs Director, CEPI
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Martin Forsén, Chief Executive Officer, Domsjö Fiber
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Stefan Sundman, UPM – Kymmene Corporation
World’s Forest Genetic Resources and
Conference on Forests for Food Security
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Room view during the parallel session
Co-Chair Andrey Filipchuk, Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Forestry Agency
Peter Csóka, FAO
Christophe Besacier, FAO
Around the venue
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Around the city
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Session resources

*Session website and documents

*Session agenda

*Draft UNECE/FAO Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy

*Draft Integrated Programme of Work 2014-2017 for UNECE/FAO

*Side and parallel events


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Resumed Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4), 7-8 November 2013, Geneva, Switzerland

*IISD RS coverage of INC-Forests4, 10-14 June 2013, Warsaw, Poland

*IISD RS coverage of the Tenth Session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF10), 8-19 April 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of Resumed INC-Forest3, 3-5 April 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

*IISD RS coverage of INC-Forests3, 28 January - 1 February 2013, Antalya, Turkey

*IISD RS coverage of Twelfth Rights and Resources Initiative Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change, 5 November 2012, Washington, DC, United States of America

*IISD RS summary report of INC-Forests2, 3-7 September 2012, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011, 29 14-16 June 2011, Oslo, Norway

*IISD RS coverage of the UNFF9, 24 January - 4 February 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the FAO, 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy

*IISD RS archive of forestry meetings and backgrounder

*Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues

*Forests Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Adressing Forests Policy

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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