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Seventy-sixth session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry

05 - 09 November 2018
Vancouver Canada

The 76th session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) was held in Vancouver, Canada from 5 to 9 November 2018.

The Committee reviewed and guided activities in data collection and analysis, policy support, capacity building and communication. Under the title 'Building the Future with Forests', the meeting  focused on the transition towards a more sustainable society and a circular economy, based on the provision of forest products from sustainably managed forests.

In order to find tangible solution to these issues, the 'Building the Future with Forests' meeting brought experts, policy makers, business leaders as well as national delegates together through a variety of panel discussions concentrating primarily on the challenges and opportunities for timber and forest products markets, as well as the forests and the circular economy. 

***The meeting also approved the Vancouver Invitation on Sustainable Forest Products for a Better Future, which individuals, companies and organizations can support. Find out more about it here.***


Dr. M. Hosny El-Lakany  Dr. Alessandro Leonardi Mr. Stefan Zöllig
Adjunct Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Colombia      Managing Director and co-founder of ETIFOR Valuing Nature.     Founder and CEO of Timbatec
Ms. Helen Goodland Dr. Guido Wimmers Mr. Craig Mitchell 
Managing Principal at Brantwood Consulting    Associate Professor in Integrated Wood Design, University of Northern British Columbia   Director of Innovative Solutions at Metric Modular


Mr. Lars Sanberg Ms. Susan Jones Ms. Kathy Abusow
Project Manager in Innovation  
Strategy at BillerudKorsnäs


Founder and principal architect of atelierjones, Seattle, USA, 
and author of "Mass Timber - Design and Research"


President and CEO, Sustainable Forestry Initiative


Mr. Oliver Lang Mr. Alfred Waugh  Prof. Pekka Leskinen
Architect and founding principal
of LWPAC and CEO of Intelligent City


Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, and founder of Formline Architecture


Head of Bioeconomy Programme and Professor at the European Forest Institute
Mr. Harald Aalde Mr. Robert van de Kerkhof Dr. Francisco Aguilar
Senior Adviser at the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food Chief Commercial Officer of Lenzing AG Associate Professor of Forest Economics, University of Missouri
Mr. Peter N. Moonen Dr. Guy Robertson Mr. Paolo Scommegna
National Sustainability Manager for the Canadian Wood Council  National Sustainability Program Leader with U.S. Forest Service Wood Supply Manager - Gruppo Mauro Saviola
Dr. Zuzana Sarvašová Prof. José Torero Ms. Laura Plant 
Senior researcher, Department of Forest Policy, Economics and Forest Management, National Forest Centre Slovakia Director of Center for Disaster Resilience at the Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Impact economist in PwC's Sustainable Business Solutions practice 

Mr. Paul Newman Dr. Werner Kurz  Mr. Magnus Niklasson
Co-founder of Canada Wood Group initiative Senior Research Scientiest at the Canadian Forest Service Wood products analyst at the Swedish Forest Industries Federation 
Mr. Andrew Bowerbank Ms. Matilda van den Bosch Dr. Bruce Glass
National Vice President, Sustainability & Energy at WSP MD, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia Senior Forest Economist at Campbell Global LLC
 Mr. Andrzej Konieczny Mr. Samuel Adeyanju Ms. Chunny Varaich
Director  General of the State Forests in Poland Graduate student, University of British Columbia Graduate student, University of British Columbia
Ms. Yadira Rosa Corbet Mr. Adam Polinko  
Student, University of British Columbia PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia  



Please find below the presentations of the official session: 

Item Presentation title Speaker Download
2(a) The emergence of mass timber in the US fight against climate change: from forests to cities Susan Jones PDF
2(c).1 The Canadian Wood Council's Wood WORKS! Model: Template to Advance Wood Globally?  Peter Moonen PDF
2(c).2  Wood construction: The role of research and education in overcoming barriers to growth Iain Macdonald PDF
2(c).3 Are We Ready for Tall Timber Buildings?  Jose Torero PDF
2(c).4 Indigenuity in Architecture Alfred Waugh PDF
2(c).5 The state of public policies on wood construction in North America and Europe Helen Goodland PDF
2(c).6 Challenges and opportunities for wood construction indsutry in North America Guido Wimmers PDF
2(d).1 Natural Capital Protocol: Forest Products Sector Guide Laura Plant PDF
2(d).2 Exploring Innovations, Market Trends, and Collaborative Leadership Across the Design and Construction Sectors Andrew Bowerbank PDF
2(d).3 Strategies for a wider use of timber in urban buildings Stefan Zöllig PDF
2(d).4 Mass Timber - Highrise: Lessons Learned Karla Fraser PDF
2(d).5 Moving the Needle: How to Move Forward with Pre-Fabrication Craig Mitchell PDF
2(e).1 Setting the scene - Forests and the Sustainable Development Goals Guy Robertson PDF
2(e).2 Valuing and financing forests for water Alessandro Leonardi PDF
2(e).3 SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Forests and Energy Francisco Aguilar PDF
2(e).4 Urban Forests as a Nature-Based Solution for Improved Human Health Matilda van den Bosch PDF
2(e).5 SDG 13: Climate action - forests and climate Werner Kurz PDF
2(e).6 Reaching SFM and SDGs from ownership perspective Zuzana Sarvašová PDF
2(e).7 The contribution of Forests to SDGs Andrzej Konieczny PDF
3(a).1 North America Market Trends & Fit with China Russell Taylor PDF
3(a).2 A TIMO Perspective of West Coast and Southern US Softwood Sawlog Markets Bruce Glass PDF
3(a).3 Perspective of Russia on the forest products markets related to the Asia-Pacific region Vladimir Dmitriev (prepared by Aleksandr Sidorenko) PDF
3(a).4 European Perspective on Forest Products: Focus on Softwood Magnus Niklasson PDF
3(a).5 Drivers of Future Growth of Wood Construction in NE Asia Paul Newman PDF
3(a).6 Asian Market Opportunities - a North American Perspective Bob Smith PDF
3(b).1 Circular economy and bioeconomy - concepts and implications for the forest sector Pekka Leskinen PDF
3(b).2 Saviola Holding: The Eco-Ethical Company - A Case History about Circular Economy Paolo Scommegna PDF
3(b).3 Innovative by Nature: Time to act! Robert van de Kerkhof PDF
3(b).4 What if paper packaging is the solution? Lars Sandberg PDF
4(a) Outcome of the 13th session of the UN Forum on Forests (May 2018) Barbara Tavora Jainchill PDF
4(b) Report of the 24th Session of the Committee on Forestry Peter Csoka PDF
4(c) Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE region 2018 Paola Deda PDF
4(d) High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018 Paola Deda PDF
4(e) COP24: Forest related side-events Jacek Sagan PDF
5(a) Report of the 40th session of the Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management Matthias Dieter PDF
5(b) Review of 2018 activities and activities planned for 2019 Paola Deda PDF
5(c) Restoration and creation of forest landscapes in Kazakhstan Ulan Abzhanov PDF (in Russian)
5(d) FRA 2020 and efforts for reducing reporting burden by streamlining international forest reporting Peter Csoka PDF

Videos played during the opening of COFFI2018: 

Film Title External Link
How Technology is Transforming B.C.'s Forest Sector Link
Building the Future with Forests: Olga Algayerova's message to COFFI2018      Link

Please find below presentations of COFFI2018 side events


Presentation Title Speaker Download
Green Jobs in the Forest Sector Josef Herkendell PDF
Green Jobs in Green Spaces Kathy Abusow PDF
Man-Machine Interactions and their Consequences on future Forestry Activities Arno Buecken PDF
Circumboreal Cooperation - the way forward Peter Blombäck PDF
Circumboreal Cooperation and the IBFRA Insight Process Werner A. Kurz PDF
Why a Team of Specialists on boreal forests?  Maria Sokolenko PDF


Doc No. Official Documents EN FR RU

Provisional Agenda



Report of the Session 



Vancouver Invitation on Sustainable Forest Products for a Better Future



Panel discussion on markets "Market Discussions"


2018 country market statements

Forest Products Annual Market Review 2017-2018


Review of 2018 activities, and activities planned for 2019



Draft Rules of Procedure for the Committee



Report of and recommendations from the Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management


Doc. No. Information Documents ENG

Reform of the United Nations planning and budgeting process                                              



List of Documents



Forest Landscape Restoration in the Caucasus and Central Asia



Report of the Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration in the Caucasus and Central Asia



Please download the draft programme of COFFI2018 here. 

Предварительную программу КЛЛО2018 на русском языке можно загрузить здесь.

Please download the flyer of COFFI2018 here


Meeting book: download in English and French (please note that it may be subject to changes - these will be announced during the session).

Panel Sessions

Item Panel Session Draft Programme

Market Discussions

Tuesday, 6 November, 09:00-12:00


Forests and the circular economy

Tuesday, 6 November, 12:00-17:00


The use of wood in construction:Technical and policy developments

Wednesday, 7 November, 09:00-12:00


The private sector's perspective

Wednesday, 7 November, 12:00-17:00


The role of forest management in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Thursday, 8 November, 09:00-12:00


Field Trips

The following field trips were offered to participants of COFFI2018: 

Field Trip 1: Half-day tour around Stanley Park 

Field Trip 2: Full-day forestry tour of UBC Malcom Knapp Research Forest, Maple Ridge

Field Trip 3: Half-day tour to explore wooden architecture in Vancouver 


Field Trip 1: Half-day tour around Stanley Park 

On the traditional territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam and Squamish First Nations people, Stanley Park is Vancouver's first, largest, urban park consisting of 400 hectares of natural west coast rainforest. From its grand opening in 1888 to current day, three ongoing themes remain important in the story of Stanley Park:

  • Preserve and protect the ecology of Stanley Park
  • Ensure the sustainability of Stanley Park
  • Enhance Vancouver's livability through the enjoyment of Stanley Park

Enjoy a half-day tour of this green oasis in the midst of the urban landscape of Vancouver. Participants will visit areas of restoration and forest management to learn how the park is managed and how the City has responded to help the forest recover from multiple devastating natural events. 

The tour will be hosted by Paul Lawson of the Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia.

Field Trip 2: Full-day forestry tour of UBC Malcom Knapp Research Forest, Maple Ridge

The Malcolm Knapp Research Forest is located on the traditional territory of the Katzie First Nation.  The 5,157 hectare forest is located in the foothills of the Coast Mountains, approximately 60 km east of Vancouver.

The University of British Columbia (UBC) took over the management of the forest in 1949, and since then research and education became the main focus of the area. Besides research, operations in the forest include timber harvesting, silviculture and a small sawmill. On Loon Lake, the largest lake on the forest, UBC built the Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Centre that is used as a year-round outdoor education centre and during the summer months is home to Camp Goodtimes, a summer program for remarkable kids fighting cancer.

Enjoy a full day tour of the Malcom Knapp Research Forest and visit areas of active forest management and research. The tour will be hosted by Cheryl Power, Assistant Manager of the Malcom Knapp Research Forest.    

Field Trip 3: Half-day tour to explore wooden architecture in Vancouver 

Enjoy a stroll around the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC), which is at the forefront of revitalizing wood construction. Integrating wood, a renewable material that stores carbon, into buildings, reflects UBC's committment to sustainability and pioneering new building technologies which expands the market for B.C. forest products. 

You will be joined by various experts who will share with you their insights and give you a unique perspective on building with wood.