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

18 - 21 November 2014
Kazan Russia
 

Focal point: Paola Deda

The 72nd session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) took place in Kazan, Russian Federation, Republic of Tatarstan from 18 to 21 November 2014.

The meeting focused on the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. It showcased how actors within and outside the forest sector seized the opportunity to work together to make the best contribution to the emerging Green Economy. Their inputs are very diverse: from improving forest-based technologies to developing innovative wood and non-wood forest products; from making forest work safer to valuing and setting up payments for the multiple services that forests offers to the society in the UNECE region.

Delegates to the Committee session discussed forest resources assessment and reporting issues, as well as the role of forests in the post-2015 development agenda. They also provided guidance to the secretariat on how to implement the UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work adopted in December 2013.

After a 3 day meeting (18, 19 and 20 November), delegates had the opportunity, on November 21, to attend a field trip at the invitation of the Ministry of Forestry of the Tatarstan Republic.

About Kazan

In the heart of the Russian Federation, where the west and east meet, lies the Republic of Tartarstan. Its capital, Kazan, is the largest center of culture, science, research, trade and industry of the economically developed Volga region.

Kazan is one of the most populated cities in Russia and it also shows a remarkable economic capacity thanks to its industrial complex that varies from heavy industry—aircraft and helicopters manufacturing—to specialized industrial production—polyethylene and synthetic rubber, medical and optics equipment.

In addition to its history as an industrial centre, Kazan is rebranding as the forest capital of the Volga region. Ecological and environmental issues are generally taken into serious consideration, but a particular attention is devoted to forest management. Kazan is in fact the site of Europe’s largest breeding and seed center, producing 12 million containerized seedlings per year. Similar attention is also paid to the prevention of forest fires, and to the implementation of the most developed technologies in forest logging and wood processing.

Thanks to this focus on forestry, Kazan has become an important hub for national and international forest-related events:

  •  The meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation on illegal logging in 2012;

  • The regional forum “Forest and Man” in 2013, in conjunction with the “Wood Processing” exhibition, which attracted 70 companies;

  • The meetings and final contest of Junior Foresters in 2011 and 2012, which brought hundreds of forestry students from all over Russia to Kazan.

In summer 2013, Kazan hosted the 27th University Games, the biggest ever “Universiade” and welcomed over 10,000 Athletes from more than 160 countries.

 

Documents

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Annotated provisional agenda for the seventy-second session of COFFI - ECE/TIM/2014/1

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Annotated provisional agenda, Corrigendum - ECE/TIM/2014/1/CORR.1 PDF    
Report of the meeting - ECE/TIM/2014/2 PDF PDF PDF

Forest products market discussions - ECE/TIM/2014/3
Country market statements

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Follow-up to the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest in a Green Economy - ECE/TIM/2014/4

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Measuring and communicating the contribution of the Forest Sector to a Green Economy - ECE/TIM/2014/5 PDF PDF PDF
The Forest for Fashion Initiative - ECE/TIM/2014/6 PDF PDF PDF
Study on Forest Ownership in the ECE region - ECE/TIM/2014/7 PDF PDF PDF
The role of forests in the post-2015 agenda - ECE/TIM/2014/8 PDF PDF PDF
Review of 2014 activities and planned activities for 2015 - ECE/TIM/2014/9 PDF PDF PDF

Biennial evaluation report for 2012 - 2013 of the Forestry and Timber subprogramme - ECE/TIM/2014/10

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Implementation of the UNDA and Fire projects - ECE/TIM/2014/11 PDF PDF PDF
Rules of procedure for the Committee - ECE/TIM/2014/12 PDF PDF PDF
Report of the ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management - ECE/TIM/EFC/WP.2/2014/2 PDF    
Outcome of the ToS on Forest Policy meeting in Cracow - ECE/TIM/INF.1 PDF    
Global and regional reporting on forest and sustainable forest management - ECE/TIM/2014/INF.2 PDF    
Contribution to the eleventh session of the United nations Forum on Forests (UNFF11) - ECE/TIM/2014/INF.3 PDF    
Questionnaire on Forest Ownership in the ECE region - ECE/TIM/2014/INF.4 PDF    
Policy issues for the next round of outlook studies - ECE/TIM/2014/INF.5 PDF    
Implementation of the Fire Project - ECE/TIM/2014/INF.6 PDF  

Presentations

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Official opening

   
  Opening Statement Ivan Valentik, Deputy Minister on the behalf of Sergei Donskoy, Minister of Natural Resources and Head of the Federal Forest Agency
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  Opening Statement Ildar Khalikov, Prime Minister, Republic of Tatarstan on the behalf of Rustam Nurgalievich Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan PDF
  Opening Statement Andrey Vasilyev, UNECE Deputy Executive Secretary PDF
  Strategic Directions of Forestry Development in the Russian Federation  Ivan Valentik, Deputy Minister, Minister of Natural Resources and Head of the Federal Forest Agency PDF
 

Keynote Speech

   
  IPCC Fifth Assessment Report: The Role of Forests Renate Christ, Secretary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) PDF

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Forest for Fashion

   
  Forests for Fashion - Fashion for Forests Paolo Naldini, Director of Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy PDF
  Using Wood is Good Lorenz Wied, Head of Strategic Projects at Lenzing AG, Lenzing, Austria PDF

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The Role of Forests in the post-2015 Agenda

   
  Forests in Post-2015 Agenda Christoph Dürr, Switzerland PDF
  Progress in Integrating Forests in the SDGs and Implications for UNECE Simon Milledge, Principal Researcher Forest Team, Natural Resources Group, IIED PDF
  Message from the UNFF Secretariat Barbara Tavora-Jainchill, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) PDF
  International Arrangement on Forests beyond 2015 Maxim Lobovikov, International Consultant, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) PDF

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Market Discussion

   
  Forest Products Markets in Europe Jarno Seppälä, Head of Forest Industry Consulting and Bio-solutions at INDUFOR, Helsenki, FInland PDF
  Forest Products Markets in Russia and CIS Nikolai Ivanov, Vice President of the Union of Timber Manufacturers and Exporters of Russia  PDF
  Forest Products Markets in North America Bruce Glass, Forest Economist for The Campbell Global, LLC. PDF
  Wood Energy developments overview in North America Richard Vlosky, Director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center and Program Leader of the Forest Products Program at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, School of Renewable Natural Resources, Baton Rouge.  PDF

2b

Follow-up to the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy

   
  Turkish Forest Sector in the Context of Green Economy Kenan Kilic, General Directorate of Forestry of Turkey  PDF
  A Green Economy - A Starting Point for Rethinking our Strategies Janusz Zaleski, Deputy Director General of the State Forests National Holding, Poland PDF
  COFFI - Kazakh Green Economy Overview Maxat Yelemessov, Kazakhstan PDF
  Implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan in the Russian Federation Alexander Panfilov, Deputy Head of the Federal Forestry Agency of the Russian Federation       PDF/PDF
  Outcome of the First Meeting of the ECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Policy Marta Gaworska, Advisor to the Director General of the State Forests National Holding, Poland PDF
  Promoting Sustainable Building Materials and the Implications on the Use of Wood in Buildings: a Review of Leading Public Policies in the UNECE Region Helen Goodland, Brentwood Consulting Partnership PDF
  Towards Decent Green Jobs in the Forest Sector Edgar Kastenholz, Secretary-General of the European Network of Forest Entrepreneurs (ENFE) PDF

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Measuring and Communicating the Contribution of the Forest Sector to a Green Economy

   
  Measuring and Communicating the Contribution of the Forest Sector to a Green Economy: Introduction  Kit Prins, Forest Sector Consultant PDF  
  Green Economy and its Recent Developments on measurements and Indicators Andrea Bassi, CEO of KnowlEdge Srl PDF  
  System of Environmental and Economic Accounting with Focus on the Forests Alessandra Alfieri, United Nations Statistic Division PDF  
  Concept of the Cascade Use of Wood and the related Reporting Florian Steierer, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section PDF  
  Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Program Approaches and Experience of Implementation in the Russian Federation  Evgeny Kuzmichev, Senior Consultant of the FLEG-2 Program in Russia, World Bank
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Marina Smetanina, FLEG-2 Program Coordinator in Russia World Bank
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  Developing Indicators on the Forest Sector's Contribution to the Green Economy Kit Prins, Forest Sector Consultant PDF  

3a

Global and Regional Reporting on Forest and Sustainable Forest Management

     
  Global and Regional Reporting on Forests and Sustainable Forest Management Roman Michalak, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section PDF  

3b

Contribution to the 11th Session of UNFF

     
  ECE/FAO Contribution to UNFF 11: Study on Progress Towards Global Objectives on Forests, and Challenges for the Region  Kit Prins, Forest Sector Consultant PDF

3c

Study on Forest Ownership in the UNECE Region

   
  Study on Forest Ownership in the ECE Region Roman Michalak, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section
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Diana Feliciano, COST Action FACESMAP
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Policy issues for the next round of outlook studies

   
  Policy issues for the next round of outlook studies Arnaud Brizay, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section PDF

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Implementation of the UNDA Project and Fire Project

   
  The UNDA Project Yana Trofimova, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section PDF
  UNECE Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management Johann Goldammer, Germany PDF
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Date and place of the next session

   
  UNECE/FAO Silva2015 Christoph Duerr, Switzerland PDF

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Practical Information

Participants are asked to register online using the following link. Deadline for registration is 24 October 2014.To prepare your travel arrangements, please see the information note for English speakers and this information note for Russian speakers. The visa and reservation forms can be found here:

Visa request form

Korston reservation form

Bulgar reservation form

Please find the programme of the meeting in Russain here and in English here.