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Las2017 - joint session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the FAO European Forestry Commission

09 - 13 October 2017
Warsaw Poland

Las2017 - the joint 75th session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the 39th session of the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) was held  9 - 13 October 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. In conjunction with Las2017, the 4th European Forest Week was celebrated throught Europe, under the theme of "Forests, our common good".

For more information about the meeting, please contact Paola Deda (Secretary of COFFI) or Ekrem Yazici (Secretary of EFC).

To visit the website of the Ministry of the Environment of Poland for Las2017, please go here.

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Pictures of the event are posted on the ECE-FAO flickr account.

Date ECE Releases Additional links
13.10.2017 Warsaw Programme adopted for sustainable management of forests in the UNECE region Polish Ministry of Environment: ENG and PLN
12.10.2017 UN says that growing more forest and the use of long-lasting forest products are currently the most effective forms of carbon capture Polish Ministry of  Environment: ENG and PLN
09.10.2017 European Forest Week artwork celebrates “Forests, our common good”  
09.10.2017   Planting trees on the occasion of the Las2017 conference
09-12.10.2017   IISD reporting and IISD pictures and IISD bulletin

Presentations

Please find below the presentations given at the Las2017 during the official session:

Item Presentation Title Speaker Download
2(c) Marianske Lazne +70: Celebrating 70 years of UNECE/FAO cooperation on forests

Tomas Krezjar, Natalie Benesova

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2(d) Report of the Working Party Jeffrey Prestemon PDF
2(f) FRA2020 and efforts for reducing reporting burden by streamlining international forest reporting Anssi Pekkarinen PDF
2(g) System for the Evaluation of the Management of Forests (SEMAFOR) Kit Prins PDF
2(j).1 Building Bigger, Taller and Smarter with Wood Iain Macdonald PDF
2(j).2 Linking Global Trends to the Future of Furniture Lotta Hahn PDF
2(j).3 Polish market situation of wood products Andrzej Samborski PDF
2(j).4 European Market Overview Sten Nilsson PDF
2(j).5 Russian Federation Forest Market: 2015-2016 Review, 2017 Outlook Nikolai Ivanov PDF
2(j).6 North America: Trends & Outlook in Sawn Softwood and Wood-Based Panels Russell Taylor PDF
2(j).7 The potential contribution of the forest sector to climate change mitigation Werner Kurz PDF
3(b) Matters arising from the sixty-seventh session of the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Paola Deda PDF
3(c) Matters arising from the seventy-fourth session of the Committee Paola Deda PDF
4(b).1 Forestry activities of the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia Norbert Winkler-Ráthonyi PDF
4(b).2 Introducing the work of FAO-Sub-regional office (SEC) for Turkey, Azerbaijan and Central Asia Peter Pechacek PDF
4(c) Establishment of Forest Invasive Species Network for Europe and Central Asia (REUFIS) Shiroma Sathyapala PDF
4(d) Forest and Landscape Restoration works under climate change conditions in the region Anssi Pekkarinen PDF
4(e).1 Progress of Silva Mediterranea Jose Manuel Jaquotot PDF
4(e).2 31st session of the EFC Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds Peter Csoka PDF
4(f) Strengthening FAO’s work on boreal and temperate forests Andrey Kushlin PDF
4(g) Contributions of FAO’s work in forestry to the implementation of the SDGs within the scope of FAO-REU Regional Initiatives Ekrem Yazici PDF
4(h) The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) High-level Panel of Experts (HLPE) study on sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition Andrey Kushlin PDF
4(i) A new strategic document for FAO in forestry Andrey Kushlin PDF
4(j) Outcomes of Global Policy Processes of Relevance for the Regional Forestry Commissions Peter Csoka PDF
4(k) Frequency of EFC sessions Ekrem Yazici PDF
4(l) Input to FAO Governance Peter Csoka PDF

 

  Presentations given at Las2017 during special events:

Presentation Title Speaker Download
Developing the Communication & Outreach Strategy for the UNSPF Manoel Sobral Filho PDF
Best practices of communication and outreach: a students' example from a student point of view Damiano Cilio PDF
Elements for a Communication & Outreach Strategy for the UNSPF Mita Sen PDF
Successful Communication Campaigns of IFSA Damiano Cilio PDF
Development Projects of the State Forests as an activation element of small urbanized areas Wiesław Krzewina PDF
Forest Carbon Farms: the Polish State Forests innovative project for climate protection Wiesław Krzewina PDF
Green Forest Jobs Diarmuid McAree PDF
Outcomes of the survey on perception of SFM and Forest Certification Florian Steierer PDF
Meet the Specialists: UNECE/FAO Forest Communicators Network (FCN) Tomass Kotovičs PDF
Meet the Specialists: Team of Specialists on Wood Energy Dinko Vusic

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Historical Foresty Photo Exhibition   PDF

 

Films shown during field trips at Las2017:

Film Title External Link
Bialowieza Forests Link
Forest Carbon Farms Link

 

Documents

Doc No. Official Documents ENG FR RU ES
1

Provisional Agenda

ECE/TIM/2017/1-FO:EFC/2017/1

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2

Report of the Joint Session

ECE/TIM/2017/2-FO:EFC/2017/2

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3

Global Forest Policy Matters

ECE/TIM/201/3-FO:EFC/2017/3

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4

Review of 2017 activities, and activities and publications planned for 2018

ECE/TIM/2017/4-FO:EFC/2017/4

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5

Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA2020), enhanced and streamlined international reporting

ECE/TIM/2017/5-FO:EFC/2017/5

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6

System for the Evaluation of Management of Forests (SEMAFOR)

ECE/TIM/2017/6-FO:EFC/2017/6

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7

Draft Integrated Programme of Work

ECE/TIM/2017/7-FO:EFC/2017/7

PDF PDF PDF PDF
8

Establishment of ECE/FAO Teams of Specialists and renewal of Terms of Reference of the Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management

ECE/TIM/2017/8-FO:EFC/2017/8

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9

Draft Forest Products Market Statement

ECE/TIM/2017/9-FO:EFC/2017/9

2017 Country Market Statements

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10

Draft Rules of Procedure for the Committee

ECE/TIM/2017/10-FO:EFC/2017/10

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11

Programme of Work and publications 2018-2019

ECE/TIM/2017/11-FO:EFC/2017/11

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12

Strategic Framework 2020-2021

ECE/TIM/2017/12-FO:EFC/2017/12

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13

Follow-up to the decisions of the thirty-eighth session of the European Forestry Commission

ECE/TIM/2017/13-FO:EFC/2017/13

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14

Establishment of the Forest Invasive Species Network for Europe and Central Asia

ECE/TIM/2017/14-FO:EFC/2017/14

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15

Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism work under climate change conditions in the region

ECE/TIM/2017/15-FO:EFC/2017/15

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16

Progress of Silva Mediterranea and the Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds

ECE/TIM/2017/16-FO:EFC/2017/16

PDF PDF PDF PDF
17

Strengthening FAO’s work on boreal and temperate forests

ECE/TIM/2017/17-FO:EFC/2017/17

PDF PDF PDF PDF
18

Contributions of FAO's work in forestry to the implementation of the SDGs within the scope of FAO-REU Regional Initiatives

ECE/TIM/2017/18-FO:EFC/2017/18

PDF PDF PDF PDF
19

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) High-level Panel of Experts (HLPE) study on Sustainable forestry for food security and nutrition 

ECE/TIM/2017/19-FO:EFC/2017/19

PDF PDF PDF PDF
20

A new strategic document for FAO in forestry

ECE/TIM/2017/20-FO:EFC/2017/20

PDF PDF PDF PDF
21

FAO contributions to the global process

ECE/TIM/2017/21-FO:EFC/2017/21

PDF PDF PDF PDF
22

Contributions to FAO Governance

ECE/TIM/2017/22-FO:EFC/2017/22

PDF PDF PDF PDF

 

 

Doc. No Information Documents ENG
Inf.1

Seventieth anniversary of the ECE/FAO Partnership

ECE/TIM/2017/Inf.1-FO:EFC/2017/Inf.1

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Inf.2

Declaration of Competence and Voting Rights submitted by the European Union (EU) and its Member States

ECE/TIM/2017/Inf.2-FO:EFC/2017/Inf.2

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Inf.3

List of Documents

ECE/TIM/2017/Inf.3-FO:EFC/2017/Inf.3

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Inf.4

Explanatory note on EFC agenda item 4(k): Frequency of EFC Meetings; submitted by the Netherlands

ECE/TIM/2017/Inf.4-FO:EFC/2017/Inf.4

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Programme

Please download the draft programme of the Joint Session (as of 3 October) here.

Please download the handbook of the Joint Session here.

Special Events

Las 2017 was held in conjunction with the 4th European Forest Week (EFW), which was celebrated throughout Europe during the same week. As part of Las2017 and as a contribution to the EFW, Special Events were organised at the joint session in Warsaw under the theme of Las2017.

The following special events took place:

- Forest Carbon Farms: The Polish State Forests’ innovative project for climate protection

- New Green Jobs in the Forest Sector

- Development projects of the Polish State Forests as a major stimulator for rural and less urbanized areas

- Developing a communication strategy for the UN Strategic Plan for Forests

- Circumboreal Cooperation

- Linking livelihoods to climate resilient landscapes: Forest and farm producer organizations as key actors in achieving the SDGs and the Paris Accord

- Forest management planning in Poland: Organization, history, future

- The outcomes of the survey on perception of SFM and Forest Certification

- The Timber Inventory System Project – Combating illegal logging: Tools technologies and education

- The natural and cultural heritage of the Bialowieża Forest

Field Trips

 

The following 3 field trips were offered to participants at Las2017 (more detailed information can be found below):

Field Trip 1 (13-14 October): Białowieża Forest – Mankind's natural and cultural heritage

Field Trip 2 (13 October): Forest Carbon Farms The State Forests’ innovative project for climate protection

Field Trip 3 (13 October): Visit of the head office of the Forest Research Institute in Sękocin Stary near Warsaw

 

Field Trip 1 (13-14 October)
Białowieża Forest – Mankind's natural and cultural heritage

13 October

8:00: Departure from Warsaw

Arrival in the Białowieża Forest District, check-in at the hotel

Field presentation of spruce tree standsdamaged by a bark beetle, degraded and endangered habitats within Natura 2000 network and works performed by foresters that are aimed at preventing theconsequences of gradation

Meeting with the representatives of the Ministry of the Environment, the State Forests and local community in forest education centre (presentation regarding inventory results of natural and cultural heritage of the Forest)

Return to the hotel

14 October

Transfer to Hajnówka Forest District, next to the narrow gauge railway ride through forest complexes of the Białowieża Forest in order to familiarise participants with natural and tourist values of the Forest

Transfer to Narewka in order to present natural regeneration within the area of Browsk Forest District, dinner, end of session

Departure for Warsaw

18:00: Arrival in Warsaw

 

 

Field Trip 2 (13 October)

Forest Carbon Farms The State Forests’ innovative project for climate protection

13 October
9:00: Departure from Warsaw

Arrival in the Celestynów Forest District, introduction to the topic by Konrad Tomaszewski, Director General of the State Forests, movie presentation

Field presentation of selected additional activities in forestry, which increase the absorption of CO2 by forest ecosystem, such as the introduction of oak underplanting, active protection of palustrine areas, natural regenerations

Visiting a forest education centre

Dinner
17:00: Arrival in Warsaw

 

 

Field Trip 3 (13 October)

Visit of the head office of the Forest Research Institute in Sękocin Stary near Warsaw

Participants will have opportunity to know the main research topics in Polish forestry. The organizers are going to present general information about capacity building of national research in areas such as remote sensing and Lidar measurements used in forest management and monitoring, presentation of the prevention and monitoring of forest fires, methods and results about carbon sequestration in forest soils, the progress in DNA analyses using in forestry, best practises in forest environmental education, forest inventory system in Poland and data management by Forest Data Bank. Besides the cameral presentation, there will be an office presentation both in the laboratories, as well as in the local forest.

The host organizations are leaders in national forest science and inventory. The Forest Research Institute was established in 1930 and is currently subordinated to the Minister of Environment. IBL cooperates within the frameworks of IUFRO, FAO, EFI and Forest Europe.

The Bureau for Forest Management and Geodesy (BULiGL) is a state enterprise. It is the main contractor of forest management planning in Poland. The company consists of the headquarters and 12 branches, employing in total about 700 people.

 

  13 October
9:00 Welcome (IBL, BULiGL)
9:10 The Forest Research Institute’s activities, goals and tools (presentation of general information about forest research in Poland, film about IBL history and activities)
9:45 Forest fire protection system in Poland (presentation of Polish results in fire protection of forests, Laboratory of Forest Fire Protection)
10:05 Remote sensing and Lidar measurements as a tool for better forest management and monitoring - office presentation (presentation in the field of forest measurements by Terrestrial Lasers Scanner – TLS and other tools using in remote sensing)
10:35 Coffee Break
11:00 Carbon sequestration in forest soil (presentation of analysis of carbon content in forest soil, visit in Laboratory of Natural Environment Chemistry - certified by Polish Centre for Accreditation)
11:45 Continuing in the field - Remote sensing and Lidar measurements as a tool for better forest management and monitoring (field presentation of tools using in remote sensing and Lidar measurement)
12:15 Application of DNA analyses in forestry (presentation of DNA analysis in Laboratory of Molecular Biology)
12:45 Forest environmental education (presentation best practices in forest informal education)
13:30 General information about Bureau for Forest Management and Geodesy (presentation of general information about forest inventory system in Poland)
14:00

Forest Data Bank (the aims and scope, users of data)

14:30 Lunch
16:00 Arrival in Warsaw

Workshop for Caucasus and Central Asia

“Sustainable Forest Management and Sustainable Forest Products in the Caucasus and Central Asia”, Capacity-building Workshop during Las2017

On 11 - 12 October 2017

This workshop was a parallel event to Las2017, the joint session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the FAO European Forest Commission.

The workshop was organised especially for forest sector experts and forest-related government officials from the Caucasus and Central Asia, namely from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

The workshop had three main topics (i) Monitoring and assessment of Sustainable Forest Management, (ii) Forest restoration, and (iii) Sustainable forest products and markets.

The programme is available here.

«Устойчивое Управление Лесами и Устойчивая Лесная Продукция на Кавказе и в Центральной Азии». Семинар состоялся 11-12 октября 2017го года в Варшаве, Польша. Этот семинар прошел параллельно с Las2017, совместного заседания Комитета ЕЭК по лесам и лесной промышленности и Европейской лесной комиссии ФАО.

Семинар был организован специально для экспертов лесного сектора и государственных служащих, связанных с лесами, из Кавказа и Центральной Азии, а именно из Армении, Азербайджана, Грузии, Казахстана, Кыргызстана, Таджикистана, Туркменистана и Узбекистана.

Программа семинара была основана на трех основных темах: i) мониторинг и оценка устойчивого управления лесами(УУЛ), (ii) восстановление лесов и (iii) устойчивая лесная продукция и рынки.

Здесь вы найдете программу встречи.

Presentation Speaker PDF
Forest monitoring and state of forest and forest sector in the region
Лесной мониторинг и состояние лесов и лесного хозяйства в регионе
Roman Michalak
RUS
Environmental monitoring and performance review Мониторинг окружающей среды и обзор эффективности Antonie Nunes ENG
RUS
Experiences from the formally centrally managed forest sector  and its transition
Опыт централизованного управления лесным сектором и его трансформация
Nikolai Ivanov
RUS
Opportunities for Caucasus and Central Asia for a market-oriented forest sector, presentation
Возможности развития ориентированного на рынок лесного сектора для Кавказа и Центральной Азии
Florian Steierer ENG/RUS
The Bonn Challenge, background and overview
Боннский вызов, предыстория и обзор
Horst Freiberg ENG
RUS
Opportunities for Caucasus and Central Asia
Возможности для Кавказа и Центральной Азии
Boris Erg ENG
RUS