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Conference on Contributions of Forests to a Green Economy

4-7 October 2011 | Bonn, Germany
Conference on Contributions of Forests to a Green Economy

Highlights for Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rapporteurs report to plenary the conclusions and recommendations of the Working Groups

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The Conference opened on Thursday morning, 6 October, with a brief plenary to outline the procedures and vision for the morning's work. The four working groups labored during the morning until a 11:30 AM plenary convened by Co-chair Manfred Konukiewitz to hear the four rapporteurs report on the final outputs of their working groups.

The Working Group on Forest Valuation and Financing presented conclusions and recommendations that primarily focused on guidance for improved implementation of existing tools and instruments to better access financing and build capacity. The Group also directed their recommendations for building awareness and communication to effectively engage other sectors as well as the entire stakeholder community.

The Working Group on Institutions, Governance and Stakeholders recommended, inter alia, approaching forest policy more holistically, improving inter-agency coordination and planning, intensifying the work of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, and creating enabling conditions and capacity to expand access to information, communications and telecommunications technology and geospatial technology services to rural and underserved areas.

The Working Group on Benefiting People stressed the need to not only focus on rural forest stakeholders in developing countries, but also those in developed countries, when discussing forests in a green economy. They also noted that while decentralization is often discussed, systems are still not fully decentralized to the point where local people and organizations are receiving benefits from resources.

The Working Group on Technology Transfer, Capacity Building, Bio-based Products and the Role of the Private Sector suggested that while there are enormous social and market opportunities that can incentivize the development of the forest sector and trigger multiple benefits, these incentives need to be “activated” by coherent policies at all levels and public-private partnerships (PPP) within the forest sector, and just as important, PPPs across forest-related sectors.

Co-chair Everton Vargas thanked the Working Groups for their hard work and noted that additional inputs could be accommodated by the drafting group for the Chair's report. Chief facilitator Alexander Buck, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), explained the drafting group composed of Conference facilitators, rapporteurs and organizers would work while the rest of the participants went on a boat trip on the Rhine. Vargas urged the drafters "not to be shy, be ambitious, but also realistic."

Morning Plenary

Heiko Warnken, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
Co-chair Everton Vieria Vargas, Brazillian Ambassador
Matthias Schwoerer, Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Germany

Working Groups

Working Group B: Challenges and Opportunities - Institutions, Governance and Stakeholders

Clara Cerqueira, Embassy of Brazil
Peter deMarsh, International Family Forestry Alliance, Canada
Tuuka Castren, World Bank

Working Group A: Challenges and Opportunities - Forest Valuation and Financing
Working Group D: Challenges and Opportunities - Technology Transfer, Capacity Building, Bio-Based Products and Role of the Private Sector
Bernd-Markus Liss, Facilitator, German Development Coorporation (GIZ)

Bashir Ahmed Wani, Sustainable Land Management Project, Pakistan; Nchemo Maile, Ministry of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Lesotho
Linda Mossop-Rousseau, Women Organising for Change in Agriculture Natural Resource Management (WOCAN), South Africa

Prior to the Plenary Meeting

Participant with rapporteur reviewing conclusions and recommendations from Working Group A
Participants in discussion

Plenary Meeting: Conclusions and Recommendations from the Working Groups

Hossein Moeini-Meybodi, United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF)
Jose Luis Sutera, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Argentina
Linda Mossop-Rousseau, WOCAN, South Africa

Heikki Granholm, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Forestry, Finland
Co-chair Everton Vieria Vargas, Brazillian Amabassador
Alexander Buck, International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)

Around the Conference

View of plenary with participants
Conference balloon near a statue of Papst Paul VI

Related Links
IISD Meeting Coverage
*Summary and Highlights of the Meeting
*Highlights on Friday, 7 October, 2011
*Highlights on Thursday, 6 October, 2011
*Highlights on Wednesday, 5 October, 2011
*Highlights on Tuesday, 4 October, 2011

Conference resources
*Conference website
*Conference programme

General resources
*International Year of Forests
*UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20)
*UN Forum on Forests
*UN Food and Agriculture Organization Forestry Department

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS forests, desertification and land web page
*IISD RS introduction to forests processes
*Forests-L - A mailing list for news on forest policy

*SDG - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
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