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European Forest Week

20-24 October 2008 | Rome, Italy

Highlights for Wednesday, 22 October 2008


The joint meeting of the Sixty-sixth session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Timber Council and Thirty-fourth session of the FAO European Forestry Commission met for its second day on Wednesday, 22 October 2008. During the morning, participants met in plenary and in a parallel meeting of the UNECE Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management that also met in the afternoon.

Above photo: Co-Chairs Johann Georg Dengg, Germany and Alain Chaudron, France



Participants met in a morning plenary to consider Forests and Energy. Above photo L-R: Pierre-Olivier Drege, Office National des Forêts and European State Forest Association; Mikael Eliasson, European Confederation of Woodworking Industries; Hikka Summa, European Commission; Kit Prins, UNECE; Co-Chair Dengg; Co-Chair Chaudron; Heinz Kopetz, European Biomass Association; Tim Christophersen, Convention on Biological Diversity, and Ralph Sims, International Energy Agency.


Ralph Sims, International Energy Agency, delivered the keynote presentation highlighting current forestry and energy issues and trends, carbon sequestration, bioenergy, biomass supply potential and greenhouse gas emissions.



During the afternoon, the market discussions resumed, with a focus on “sustainable markets and energy: forecasts by sector.” Above photo L-R: Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Tech; Ivan Eastvin, Cintrafor; Catalin Tobescu, Fordaq Timber Network; Russ Taylor, Wood Markets Inc.; Mathias Lundt, Pöyry Forest Industries Consulting; Olle Olsson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Bengt Hillring, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Chair Johann Georg Dengg; and Ed Pepke, UNECE/FAO.


Chair Dengg gaveled the joint UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission Market Discussions to a close.



Sibylle Vermont, Switzerland, chaired the session.
View of the working group in session.


In addition, parallel policy dialogues convened as part of the European Forest Week. The UNECE held a policy dialogue on “Wood energy in the region, latest information and trends.” The European Forest Institute convened an information event on “Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) activities.” The policy dialogue on potential wood supply in Europe was convened by the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF), UNECE and FAO. The UNECE and FAO Team of Specialist on Gender also convened a dialogue on Gender and Forestry. The IUFRO and Finnish Forest Research Institute held a policy dialogue on “Forests, promoting or harming human health.” Silva Mediterranean, the Joint Research Centre Ispra of the EC, the FAO and the Corpo Forestale dello Stato Italiano also held a dialogue on fire management.

View of the session on Gender and Forestry.   Dais of the session on Potential Sustainable Wood Supply in Europe.   Session on UNECE Wood Energy in the region.


Ingwald Gschwandtl, Austria   European Forest Week Banners   Franziska Hirsch and Florian Steierer, UNECE


Tim Christophersen, Convention on Biological Diversity.


Russ Taylor, Wood Markets Inc.

  Conceiçao Ferreira, Portugal.   Raines Enderlein, UNECE   Francesca Bernardini, UNECE.

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