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Country-Led Initiative (CLI) in Support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF): Forests for People - The Role of National Forest Programmes and the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

17-20 November 2009 | Guilin, China

Country-Led Initiative in Support of the UNFF: Forests for People - The Role of National Forest Programmes and the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests

FAOHighlights from Tuesday, 17 November

The Country-led Initiative (CLI) by the People's Republic of China in Support of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) opened on 17 November 2009, with the theme “Forests for People: the role of national forest programmes (NFPs) and the Non-legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests (NLBI).” In the opening ceremony, statements were made by representatives of the State Forestry Administration of China, the Municipality of Guilin, the UNFF Secretariat, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Austria, the US Department of State, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland, the German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). A plenary session was then held during which participants heard presentations on: forests for people in the context of the NLBI, NFPs and the UNFF; global and regional activities to promote forests for people contributing to the implementation of NFPs and the NLBI; and NFPs as a tool to facilitate stakeholder participation in promoting forest for people and implementing the NLBI.

In the afternoon plenary, delegates from China, Guatemala, Finland and Ghana presented their countries' experiences and lessons learned in implementing NFPs and the NLBI to improve livelihoods and eradicate poverty. Participants also met in four working groups, focusing on: policy, legal and organizational frameworks; sustainable production of goods and services; national arrangements to mobilize finance; and capacity building and participatory approaches.

Opening Ceremony
Ingwald Gschwandtl, Director, Forest Policy and Forest Information, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria
Richard Lammel, Head of Forestry, German Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
Yin Hong, Vice-Minister, State Forestry Administration, China
Qu Guilin, Director General, State Forestry Administration, China
   
Views of the meeting room
 
   
Heikki Granholm, Councellor of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
 
Catherine Karr-Colque, Foreign Affairs Officer, Forest Policy, US Department of State
Jerker Thunberg, Manager, National Forest Programme Facility, FAO
Li Mingqi, Deputy Director, Forestry Administration, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
Jan McAlpine, Director, UN Forum on Forests
     
A view of the dais during Jan McAlpine's remarks
Huang Junhua, Vice Mayor, Guilin
Participants during the coffee break after the opening ceremony
     
A view of the dais
Qu Guilin, Yin Hong and Jan McAlpine
Plenary-Setting the Stage
Mahendra Joshi, Senior Programme Officer, UNFF Secretariat, Stephanie Caswell, International Consultant, and Co-Chairs Qu Guilin and Ingwald Gschwandtl
Mahendra Joshi, Senior Programme Officer, UNFF Secretariat, discussed forests for people in the context of the NLBI, NFPs and the UNFF
Stephanie Caswell, International Consultant, addressed global and regional activities or measures to promote forests for people contributing to implementation of NFPs and the NLBI
Jerker Thunberg, Manager, National Forest Programme Facility, FAO, discussed NFPs as a tool to facilitate stakeholder participation in promoting forests for people and implementing the NLBI
       
Plenary I-Experiences and lessons learned in implementing NFPs and the NLBI to improve livelihoods and eradicate poverty from the country perspective
A view of the dais during the plenary session: Left to right: David Kpelle, National Project Coordinator, NLBI, Ghana, Dai Guangcui, Deputy Director General, Forestry Economic Development Research Centre, State Forestry Administration, China, Co-Chairs Qu Guilin and Ingwald Gschwandtl, Marja Kokkonen, Secretary General, NFP, Finland, and Ogden Rodas, Coordinator, NFP, Guatemala
Dai Guangcui, Deputy Director General, Forestry Economic Development Research Centre, State Forestry Administration, China
David Kpelle, National Project Coordinator, NLBI, Ghana
Marja Kokkonen, Secretary General, NFP, Finland, and Ogden Rodas, Coordinator, NFP, Guatemala
         
A view of the dais during the plenary session
Participants from Jamaica, Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Lebanon
Marja Kokkonen, Secretary General, NFP, Finland
Participants from Brazil, Bhutan and Austria
       
Photos from the Working Groups
Evy von Pfeil, Senior Forest Policy Advisor, GTZ, facilitated the working group on policy, legal and organizational frameworks
Participants during the working group on national arrangements to mobilize finance
Rowena Soriaga, Regional Operations Manager, Asia Forest Network, facilitated the working group on capacity building and participatory approaches
Participants during the working group on capacity building
         
Participants during the working group on national arrangements to mobilize finance
Participants during the working group on capacity building
           
 
Participants during the working group on sustainable production of goods and services
           
Participants during the working group on sustainable production of goods and services
Participants during the working group on national arrangements to mobilize finance
 
Evy von Pfeil, Senior Forest Policy Advisor, GTZ
             
Reports back from the Working Groups to Plenary
Reports to plenary by the working groups
Reports to plenary by the working groups
Related Links

Asia-Pacific Network for Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation (APFNet) resources
Meeting website
Background documents

General resources

National Forest Programme
NFP Facility
UNFCCC REDD Platform
The Convention on Biological Diversity: Programme on Forests
FAO Forestry
United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
The Collaborative Partnership on Forests

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