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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 Wednesday, 18 November

On the second day of the meeting, participants convened in a special session to hear statements by: Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN; Felix Finkbeiner, Plant for the Planet Student Initiative; and Wei Wei, famous Chinese singer and environmental activist. This was followed by a plenary session, during which participants heard presentations on experiences and lessons learned in implementing NFPs and the NLBI to improve livelihoods and eradicate poverty from the representatives of Major Groups.
In the afternoon plenary, participants heard presentations on actions by members of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) to support implementation of NFPs and the NLBI, focusing on forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication. These presentations were made by representatives of FAO, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the International Union of Forestry Research Organization (IUFRO).
Participants also reconvened in four working groups during the morning and afternoon to continue discussions and prepare conclusions and recommendations on: policy, legal and organizational frameworks; sustainable production of goods and services; national arrangements to mobilize finance; and capacity building and participatory approaches.

Special Addresses
Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Felix Finkbeiner, Plant for the Planet Student Initiative, Wei Wei, environmental activist and famous Chinese singer
Thomas Stelzer, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UN
Stop Talking, Start Planting Campaign
Stop Talking, Start Planting Campaign
Felix Finkbeiner, Plant for the Planet Student Initiative
     
Wei Wei, Environmental Activist and Chinese singer
 
     
Thomas Stelzer and Felix Finkbeiner
Georg Rappold, Austria and Thomas Stelzer
       
UN Assistant Secretary General Thomas Stelzer addresses the conference
Felix Finkbeiner addresses the conference
   
Slides presented by Felix Finkbeiner, who stressed the connection between planting trees and combating climate change
 
     

Chinese press photograph Wei Wei during her address to the conference

Participants listen to Wei Wei speak
       
Plenary II-Experiences and lessons learned in implementing NFPs and the NLBI to improve livelihoods and eradicate poverty from the perspective of Major Groups
Hubertus Samangun, ICTI-TANIMBAR
Michael Watson, The Institute of Cultural Affairs International
Abidah Billah Setyowati, Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources
         
Peter deMarsh, International Family Forest Alliance
Yasemin Öztürk, International Forestry Students' Association
Yasemin Öztürk, International Forestry Students' Association
Peter deMarsh, International Family Forest Alliance
           
A view of the dais during the morning plenary session
Plenary III-Actions of CPF members to support implementation of NFPs and the NLBI, focusing on forests for people, livelihoods and poverty eradication
Liu Shirong, Chinese Academy of Forestry and Board Member of IUFRO
Eva Muller, Chief of Forest Policy Service, FAO
 
             
Dirk Gaul, Forestry Specialist, Global Environment Facility
Financing sustainable forest management (SFM) from 2010-2014
       
 

A view of the dais during the plenary session

Takeichi Ishikawa, Assistant Director, ITTO
         
Photos from the Working Groups
Working Group 2 on sustainable production
Participants during Working Group 4 on capacity building
         
Participants during Working Group 3 on mobilizing finance
Flow chart developed during Working Group 2 on sustainable production
           
Participants during working group 4 on capacity building
Working Group 1 on policy, legal and organizational framework
Participants during the policy, legal and organizational framework working group
             
Bernd-Markus Liss, Natural Resources and Rural Development Department, AGEG Consultants, facilitated Working Group 3 on mobilizing finance
Rowena Soriaga, Regional Operations Manager, Asia Forest Network, facilitated Working Group 4 on capacity building
           
Conference Co-Chair Ingwald Gschwandtl, Austria, and Anwer Abdulhameed Abdul Aziz Kahtan, Yemen
Participants meet in smaller breakout groups
             
Participants during Working Group 3 on mobilizing finance
Participants during Working Group 3 on mobilizing finance
 
Participants during Working Group 2 on sustainable production of goods and services
Participants during Working Group 2 on sustainable production of goods and services
               
Participants during the working group on capacity building
Participants during the working group on policy, legal and organizational frameworks
                 
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

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of the Forty-fifth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-45) & Associated Sessions of the Committees, 9-14 November 2009, Yokohama, Japan
IISD RS coverage of the CLI on Financing for Sustainable Forest Management in Support of the UNFF: The Paramaribo Dialogue, 20 April - 1 May 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, US
IISD RS coverage of the Eighth session of the UNFF, 20 April - 1 May 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, US

IISD RS coverage of the Nineteenth session of the FAO Committee on Forestry, 16-20 March 2009, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
IISD RS coverage of ITTC-44,
3-8 November 2008, Yokohama, Japan
IISD RS coverage of ITTC-43, 5-10 November 2007, Yokohama, Japan

IISD RS coverage of ITTC-42, 7-12 May 2007, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
IISD RS coverage of the CLI in Support of the Multi-Year Programme of Work (MYPOW) of the UNFF: Charting the Way Forward to 2015, 13-16 February 2007, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
IISD RS coverage of the UNFF Country-Led Initiative on Lessons Learned in Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting on Implementation of IPF/IFF Proposals for Action, 17-20 March 2003, Viterbo, Italy
IISD RS archive of forestry meetings
Global forest policy backgrounder
Forests-L - A news and announcement list on forest policy issues
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

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