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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 Wednesday, 11 December 2013

On Wednesday, Metsä2013 delegates convened in the morning in a session chaired by Metsä2013 Co-Chair Filipchuk to consider FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) matters, namely: follow-up to the decisions of the 36th EFC session; recent activities of the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia; recent activities of the FAO Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions, Silva Mediterranea; review of the mandate and modus operandi of the EFC Working Party on Management of Mountain Watersheds; and the FAO strategic Framework, the FAO Strategic Evaluation, and implementation of recommendations.

The following session, chaired by Co-Chair Granholm, considered the UNECE Committee on Forests and Forest Industries matters, namely: matters arising from the 65th session of the UNECE; matters arising from the 70th session of the Committee; and the ECE biennial evaluation plan and programme of work 2014-2015. In a parallel session, a roundtable chaired by Nina Dobrzynska, Ministry of Environment, Poland, discussed measuring and communicating the contribution of the forest sector to a green economy.

In an afternoon plenary session, delegates considered the outcome of the 10th session of UN Forum on Forests and implications for the UNECE region. Under the agenda items on Joint Committee/Commission matters, delegates first heard briefings on the New EU Forest strategy, recent developments in Forest Europe and the International Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe. At the end of the afternoon, delegates adopted the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy.

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The Rovaniemi Christmas tree, next to the meeting venue
FAO European Forestry Commission matters
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From L-R: Ekrem Yazici, FAO; Norbert Winkler-Ráthonyi, FAO; Co-Chair Andrey Filipchuk, Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Forestry Agency; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO
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Dominique Reeb, UNECE/FAO
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Co-Chair Andrey Filipchuk, Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Forestry Agency
Thomas Hofer, FAO
Ekrem Yazici, FAO
Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO
UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry matters
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From L-R: Paola Deda, UNECE/FAO; Co-Chair Heikki Granholm, Finland; Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO
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Co-Chair Heikki Granholm, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
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Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE
Measuring and communicating the contribution of
the Forest Sector in a Green Economy (roundtable)
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From L-R: Nina Dobrzynska, Ministry of the Environment, Poland; Kit Prins, Independent Consultant; André de Montmollin, Federal Statistical Office, Switzerland
Ivonne Higuero, Programme Coordinator and Ecosystems Management regional sub-programme coordinator, UNEP Regional Office for Europe
André de Montmollin, Federal Statistical Office, Switzerland
Nina Dobrzynska, Ministry of the Environment, Poland
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Room view during the discussion
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From L-R: Liubov Poliakova, Senior Officer of Science, State Forest Resources Agency, Ukraine; Rob Busink, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, The Netherlands; Guy Robertson, National Sustainability Program Leader, US Forest Service Research & Development; Bernard de Galembert, Forest and Innovation Director, Social Affairs Director, Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI); Thorsten Arndt, Head of Communications, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC); Félix Romero, Regional Director for Europe, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) International; Hubert Inhaizer, European Forest Institute (EFI)
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Félix Romero, Regional Director for Europe, FSC International
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Hubert Inhaizer, EFI
Bernard de Galembert, Forest and Innovation Director, Social Affairs Director, CEPI
Rob Busink, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, The Netherlands
Liubov Poliakova, Senior Officer of Science, State Forest Resources Agency, Ukraine
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Thorsten Arndt, Head of Communications, PEFC
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Guy Robertson, National Sustainability Program Leader, US Forest Service Research & Development
Afternoon session
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From L-R: Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE; Paola Deda, UNECE/FAO; Co-Chair Heikki Granholm, Finland; Co-Chair Andrey Filipchuk, Russian Federation; Dominique Reeb, UNECE/FAO; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO
Jürgen Blaser, Bern University of Applied Science and Swiss Global Forest Advisor
Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO
Paola Deda, UNECE/FAO
Christoph Dürr, Switzerland
Mia Crawford, Sweden
Alexander Panfilov, Russian Federation
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Peter Csóka, FAO
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Edurne Lacalle, Forest Europe
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Arnaud Brizay, UNECE/FAO
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Steve Smith, European Commission
Around the venue
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Daily web coverage (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
Related Links
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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