COFO Participants Prepare for Final Day
Above: Tree-themed artwork by grahic artist Eleanora Pucci is
displayed outside FAO's David Lubin Memorial Library.
On Thursday, delegates gathered for the penultimate day of the 19th session
of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO) at FAO headquarters in Rome. A
morning plenary session heard presentations on the Collaborative Partnership
on Forests' Strategy on Forests and Climate Change.
Concurrently, other delegates attended special events as part of World
Forest Week. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) presented on how forests
are included within the upcoming GEF V replenishment and the ITTO presented
on how its new Thematic Elements address REDD, forest law enforcement,
governance and trade, and other issues.
At lunch, a reception was held by the Government of Argentina to promote the
XIII World Forest Congress, scheduled for October 2009, and the
International Forestry Students Association presented on their efforts to
raise money to send students to this event. The EC presented on its FLEGT
programme, and the Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission presented on recent
forest developments in this region.
Special events continued throughout the afternoon. In an event on access to
financing for SFM, several participants expressed concern regarding gaps in
financing for particular countries and regions, including small island
developing states. In discussion of the National Forest Programme Facility
(NFPF), countries shared their experiences, with many countries reporting
favorably on the multi-stakeholder processes that these entail.
In an event on adaptation and climate change, panelists discussed how forest
ecosystem services could offer a cost effective means to offset threats from
climate change for the world's poorest people. Finally, during an event on
the FAO-CIC Wildlife Partnership, participants discussed: linkages between
the health of forests and wildlife populations; forests and poverty
alleviation; reducing human-animal conflicts; and the importance of working
across sectors to avoid legislative conflicts.