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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 Thursday, 12 December 2013

Metsä2013 reconvened on Thursday morning to consider the draft integrated programme of work 2014-2017 for the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC), including the Terms of Reference for subsidiary bodies (Joint Working Party for Forest Statistics, Economics and Management and Teams of Specialists). There was a lengthy discussion on reference to the frequency with which the COFFI and the ECF would meet jointly. In the end, delegates agreed to a proposal to the effect that "the two bodies are encouraged to continue holding joint meetings in line with established practice and with the aim to further strengthen cooperation and exploit synergies."

In the afternoon, delegates discussed the FAO Sustainable Forest Management Toolbox, guidelines for national forest monitoring, a guidance tool for managing wildland fires, and the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests. They also addressed preparation for the next World Forestry Congress, and recommendations to the FAO Regional Conference for Europe and to the FAO Committee on Forestry. Both the COFFI and the EFC elected new Bureau members and decided on the timing and venues of their next sessions. It was decided that the next joint COFFI/EFC meeting will take place in Switzerland in 2015.

In the evening, Metsä2013 reconvened to adopt the draft Market Statement and the meeting report. Co-Chair Heikki Granholm (Finland) closed the meeting late in the evening.

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Room view during the afternoon session
Morning session
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From L-R: Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNECE; Co-Chair Heikki Granholm, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland; Co-Chair Andrey Filipchuk, Deputy Director of the Russian Federal Forestry Agency; Dominique Reeb, UNECE/FAO; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO
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Co-Chairs Heikki Granholm, Finland and Andrey Filipchuk, Russian Federation
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Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Forestry Department, FAO
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Dominique Reeb, UNECE/FAO
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Arnaud Brizay, UNECE/FAO
Knut Øistad, Norway
Andras Szepezi, Hungary
Johann Dengg, Germany
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Christine Farcy, Belgium
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Conceição Ferreira, Portugal
Afternoon session
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From L-R: Andrey Vasilyev, UNECE; Paola Deda, UNECE/FAO; Co-Chair Heikki Granholm, Finland; Co-Chair Andrey Filipchuk, Russian Federation; Dominique Reeb, UNECE/FAO; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, FAO
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Csaba Mózes, Eurostat
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Paola Deda, UNECE/FAO
Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine
Thomas Hofer, FAO
Co-Chair Andrey Filipchuk, Russian Federation
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Rob Busink (Netherlands), the newly elected Chair of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC)
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Nina Peeva, UNECE/FAO and Maria de Cristofaro, FAO
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Christoph Dürr, Switzerland
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Nail Magdeev, Minister of Forestry of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation
Side Event: Developing Best Practices to Improve Indigenous People Participation in Management of State Lands in Finland
Participants networking
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Around the venue
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*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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