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FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference Oslo 2011

14-16 June 2011 | Oslo, Norway
 
Highlights for Tuesday, 14 June 2011
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

FOREST EUROPE Ministerial ConferenceThe Forest Europe Ministerial Conference opened today at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Oslo, Norway. In attendance were ministers responsible for forests and high-level representatives of European countries and the European Community, as well as representatives of observer countries and organizations.

HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway opened the conference and welcomed participants to Norway. He noted the role forests play in society, economy, biodiversity, and climate change and stressed cooperation and good governance for sustainable forest management (SFM). Dag Terje Andersen, President of the Norwegian Parliament, called for investments in forests as a renewable resource.

Delegates heard keynote addresses from Victor Nikolayevich Maslyakov, Head of Federal Forestry Agency, Russian Federation, and Silva Rodriguez, Director-General, European Commission, who discussed continuing forest-related challenges in the Russian Federation and Europe, respectively.

After the opening ceremonies, delegates participated in a thematic session entitled "Europe's forests – challenges and opportunities.” Christopher Prins, international forest expert, presented the report “State of Europe’s Forests 2011,” highlighting progress made and remaining challenges in implementing SFM in Europe. Delegates then participated in a panel debate on European forests in a global perspective, where they heard statements from representatives of Major Groups and other panelists. Much of the discussion focused on forests for bioenergy and the role of forests in the green economy.

In the afternoon, delegates heard statements from signatory countries during a Ministerial Roundtable. Ministers expressed their support for the Oslo Ministerial Mandate for Negotiating a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe, as well as the Oslo Ministerial Declaration: European Forests 2020, which describes a vision, goals and targets for European forests.

FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference
 
OPENING CEREMONY:
 
   
HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway gave his opening address and officially opened the meeting.
     
 
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HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
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Dancers from the cultural presentation.
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Participants were treated to an original song on forests during the cultural presentation.
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Co-Chair Lars Peder Brekk, Minister of Agriculture and Food of Norway
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Co-Chair Rosa Aguilar Rivero, Minister of
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Dag Terje Andersen, President of
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KEYNOTE ADDRESSES:
 
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Viktor Nikolayevich Maslyakov, Deputy Head, Federal Forestry Agency of the Russian Federation
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Silva Rodriguez, Director-General, European Commission
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SESSION I: Europe's forests — challenges and opportunities
 
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Christopher Prins, international forest expert
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L-R: Session I dais with Knut Oistad, Norway; Arne-Ivar Sletnes, Forest Europe; Co-Chair Brekk; and Jose Jimenez, Spain.
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PANEL DEBATE: European forests in a global perspective
 
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L-R: Frances Seymour, Director-General, Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR); Pedro Ochoa, European Investment Bank; Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); and Tim Rollinson, Director-General, UK Forestry Commission
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Frances Seymour, Director-General, CIFOR
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Pedro Ochoa, European Investment Bank
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Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General, FAO
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Rasmus Hansson, WWF-Norway
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Tim Rollinson, Director-General, UK Forestry Commission
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Juliette Mouche, International Forestry Students' Association (IFSA)
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Filip De Jaeger, Secretary General, European Confederation of Woodworking Industries
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Christer Segersteen, President, Confédération Europeéne des Propriétaires Forestiers (CEPF)
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Risto Päivinen, European Forest Institute
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Jan McAlpine, Director, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
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Håkan Nystrand, President, Union of European Foresters
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SESSION II: Ministerial Roundtable
 
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L-R: Jose Jimenez, Spain; Co-Chair Aguilar; Co-Chair Brekk; Arne-Ivar Sletnes, Forest Europe; and Knut Oistad, Norway
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Sirka-Liisa Anttila, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
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Nikolaus Berlakovich, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment, and Water Management, Austria
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Fatmir Mediu, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration, Albania
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Lorenza Colletti, Ministry for Agricultural and Forest Policies, Italy
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Jean Christophe, Regional Representative of UNEP
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Herman Susnik, State Secretary, Ministry of Regional Development, Forestry and Water Management, Croatia
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TREE PLANTING CEREMONY:
 
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HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway planted a tree at the Norwegian Forestry Society at the margins of the FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference 2011.
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HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway being received by the Forest Europe secretariat staff.
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HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway with Forest Europe secretariat staff.
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Related Links
Conference resources
*Official website
*Conference programme
*Conference documents
*FOREST EUROPE website

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Ninth Session of the UN Forum on Forests, 24 January - 4 February 2011 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the Forty-sixth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees, 13-18 December 2010, Yokohama, Japan
*IISD RS coverage of the Twentieth Session of the Committee on Forestry of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, 4-8 October 2010, FAO Headquarters, Rome, Italy
*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE 5), 5-7 November 2007, Warsaw, Poland
*IISD RS summary of MCPFE 4, 28-30 April 2003, Vienna, Austria (HTML - PDF - TEXT)
*IISD RS forests, desertification and land web page
*IISD RS introduction to forests processes
*Forests-L - A mailing list for news on forest policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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