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Las2017 - Joint Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) European Forestry Commission

9-12 October 2017 | Warsaw, Poland

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Ivonne Higuero, UNECE, and Paola Deda, UNECE/FAO, speaking informally with Matthew Fonseca, UNECE/FAO

European Forest Week Las2017On the fourth and final day of Las2017, delegates met in a morning session to conclude EFC matters. They addressed: FAO contributions to the global process; EFC contributions to FAO governance; and the frequency of EFC sessions. After considerable discussion, this last issue was deferred until the next session of the EFC.

Delegates elected Christine Farcy (Belgium) as the new EFC Chair and Kenan Kiliç (Turkey) as EFC Vice-Chair. They re-elected Rob Busink (Netherlands) and Liubov Poliakova (Ukraine) as Vice-Chairs.

Delegates went on to conclude joint COFFI/EFC matters, including: Forest Resources Assessment 2020 (FRA2020) – enhanced and streamlined international reporting; and a review of 2017 activities, with planned activities and publications for 2018.

In the afternoon, the joint session culminated with the adoption of the Warsaw Integrated Programme of Work 2018-2019, which provides the framework for cooperation between COFFI and EFC on forestry issues in four areas: data, monitoring, reporting and assessment; policy dialogue and advice; communication and outreach; and capacity building. It also contains terms of reference for the various subsidiary bodies, and refers to activities outlined in the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy, which are to be carried out “subject to availability of financial and human resources.”

During the late-evening closing session, delegates adopted the Las2017 report, including the Warsaw Integrated Programme of Work and a Forest Products Market Statement 2016-2017, which summarizes market trends and developments in the UNECE region.

In their closing remarks, Andrey Vasilyev, UNECE, and Yuriko Shoji, FAO, commended participants for adopting the Warsaw Integrated Programme of Work, which they felt provided valuable guidance on the way forward.Andrzej Konieczny, Poland’s Deputy Minister of Environment, said this “important event” had set a good foundation for fruitful cooperation in the future. He underlined the importance of the 70 years of UNECE/FAO cooperation for Poland. He closed Las2017 at 9:45pm.

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Morning Session

Peter Csóka, FAO

Matthias Schwörer, Germany

Ali Temerit, Turkey

A view of the dais during the morning session

Christoph Dürr, Switzerland

Tomas Krejzar, Czech Republic

Liubov Poliakova, Ukraine

Ivonne Higuero, UNECE

Rob Busink, the Netherlands

Ekrem Yazici, FAO

Christine Farcy, Belgium

Roman Michalak, UNECE/FAO, and Anssi Pekkarinen, FAO

Afternoon Session

EFC Chair Kenan Kiliç chatting with Rob Busink, the Netherlands before the afternoon session

Guy Robertson, US

Andrey Filipchuk, Russian Federation

Delegates listening through the interpretation headset

Boris Greguška, Slovakia

Gerben Janse, Sweden

A view of the dais during the afternoon session

Johannes Hangler, Austria

Catherine Rivoal, France

Armand Rudolf von Rohr, CEO, RVR Service AG - Clean Forest Club, Switzerland

Jurant Dika, Macedonia

Delegates applaud the adoption of the Las2017 report.

Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of UNECE; Andrzej Konieczny, Deputy Minister of the Environment, Poland; and COFFI Chair Marta Gaworska, giving closing remarks

Around the Venue

LAS2017 volunteers

Polish delegation

IISD/ENB+ team (L-R): Nienke Beintema, Team Leader; Sean Wu, Digital Editor; Iliana Cardenes, Writer


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