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Fourth Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests 
Geneva, Switzerland, 3- 14 May 2004
 Earth Negotiations Bulletin - ENB
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Thursday, 6 May

This morning, delegates reconvened in working groups to continue their work on social and cultural aspects of forests (SCAF) and monitoring, assessment and reporting (MAR); forest-related scientific knowledge (FRSK), and commenced discussion on criteria and indicators (C&I). In the afternoon, delegates were  engaged in the annual Multi-stakeholder Dialogue (MSD).


Palais des Nations, location of the UNFF-4
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Above photo: panelists of this afternoon's major groups multi-stakeholder dialogue in plenary.

Moderator Christian Mersmann

Representative of the Workers and Trade Unions Major Group.


Major Groups Multi-stakeholder Dialogue

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          Major groups:

Representative of the Scientific and Technological Communities Major Group.

Representative of the Women Major Group.

Representatives of the Farmers and Small Forest Land Owners major group.

Representatives of the Indigenous Peoples major group.

Representatives of the Non-governmental Organizations major group.

Mary Coulombe (above, left) and colleague, representing the Business and Industry major group.

Delegate from Gambia


Luis Ernesto Barrera Garavito,  Guatemala

Fernanda Rodrigues (Brazil), spoke on behalf of Brazi
lian Youth.

  WORKING GROUPS                          

Pekka Patosaari, UNFF, thanked International Union of Forests Research Organizations (IUFRO) and other CPF members for collaborating in preparing the report on this issue.

Sonia Tamez, US, said it supported decentralization and tribal self-determination in forest management and asked UNFF to address illegal logging.


  Working Group 1: Culture and Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM).

During the first part of the morning, Working Group 1 completed their discussions on cultural and social aspects of SFM.

Forest-related Scientific Knowledge.

The discussion points covered by Working Group 1 in the latter part of the morning, include: strengthen research capacities; develop a global agenda for targeted research; increase interaction with stakeholders in setting research priorities; support regional and international networks; consider establishing a standing scientific body to UNFF; and develop strategies for research funding.

Finland stressed the importance of youth involvement because youth carry fresh knowledge and can gain experience in the participation.

Saudi Arabia suggested
that the standing body for scientific research build on existing research.


Amha bin Buang, International Tropical Timber Organization.


  Working Group 2: Monitoring, Assessment and Reporting:

During the first part of the morning, participants in Working Group 2 completed the previous day's discussions on monitoring, assessment and reporting. 

Criteria and Indicators (C&I):

In the latter part of the morning, participants discussed C&I. 

Tiina Vähänen, FAO.

Joong-Myung Kim, Korea, participating in Working Group 2 discussions.


Amha bin Buang, International Tropical Timber Organization, and Tiina Vähänen, FAO, presented on C&I, noting that the report calls for the adoption of seven common SFM themes: extent of forest resources; biodiversity; forest health and vitality; productive functions of forest resources; socio-economic functions;  legal, policy and institutional framework; and productive funtions of forest resources.

Franz Perrez, Switzerland (left), and Mike Fullerton, Canada (right).

Rubén Darío, Colombia, underscored the need for regional cooperation to avoid the duplication of work.


Jerilyn Levi and Robert Hendricks of the US suggested that UNFF abandon its focus on text negotiations.

Working Group 2 Chair Stephanie Caswell.


Delegates from Ecuador, Venezuela and Columbia.

The Italian Delegation.

Participants of the Children and Youth major group.

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