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Brainstorming Workshop for the next ECE/FAO Forest Sector Outlook Study

23 - 24 January 2018
Room IV, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland


I. Background

The UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section analyses structural developments in the forest sector and produces studies on the long-term outlook for supply and demand for wood as well as other forest goods and services. These studies support policy and decision makers and analysts in Government, the civil society and the private sector. The key publications in this field of work are the Forest Sector Outlook Studies (FSOS), a series that started in 1952 with the European Timber Trend Studies. More recent publications are the European Forest Sector Outlook Study II, 2010-2030 (EFSOS II, published in 2011) and the North American Forest Sector Outlook Study (published in 2012). All these studies map out possible or likely future developments, based on past trends. A reference scenario and different policy scenarios provide a contribution to evidence-based policy formulation and decision-making.

At present, the next round of the FSOS is in its first planning stage. The meeting in Geneva in January is supposed to bring policy makers and experts together in order to discuss in an interactive way expectations, needs and general aspects of the next FSOS.


II. Objectives

Brainstorm and discuss with participants the following issues concerning the next Forest Sector Outlook Study: 

  • Policy questions
  • Specific topics (climate change, etc.)
  • Geographic coverage
  • Time horizon
  • Scenarios and modelling
  • Main and supportive studies
  • Outreach


III. Participants
  • Policy makers
  • Team of Specialists Forest Sector Outlook
  • Other experts
  • ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section
  • Relevant international and non-governmental organizations
  • Representatives of the private sector


IV. Expected results
  1. Clarity on main policy questions that ideally should be answered by the next FSOS
  2. Insights into appropriate geographic coverage, time horizon and modelling issues which (together with a.) will feed into a proposal to be presented to the 40th Session of the Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management in March 2018
  3. Clarity on the way forward


V. Agenda

Please find the draft agenda and concept note here.


VI. Registration

Registration is closed.


VII. Meeting venue

The workshop will take place in Room IV, Palais de Nations (opposite of the "Delegates' Lounge).

Information regarding logistics will be sent out by email.


VIII. Background information

Previous outlook studies:

North American Forest Sector Outlook Study (March 2012)

European Forest sector outlook study EFSOS II (August 2011)

Previous and related studies

Previous meetings after NAFSOS and EFSOS II:

Geneva, June 2014

Arona, January 2015

Brussels, September 2015

Pushkino, Moscow Region, December 2016


XI. Workshop documents


Topic Speaker Document
Concept Note and agenda   PDF
Programme and group work B. Altmann PDF
The World in 2050 B. Altmann PDF
Update Jeffrey Prestemon J. Prestemon PDF
Update Mart-Jan Schelhaas M. Schelhaas PDF
Update Tuula Packalen T. Packalen PDF
Workshop Report   PDF
Pictures   flickr


X. Contact

Should you have any questions, please contact Secretariat.

More information on the Team of Specialists on Forest Sector Outlook