Sylva CEO addresses world forestry leaders at COFO 2012

posted on September 30, 2012
COFO 2012

Committee on Forestry 2012

Last week the 21st session of the UN’s Committee on Forestry (COFO) met in Rome.

One of the outcomes of Rio+20 discussions was agreement that forests have a significant role to play in addressing many sustainable development challenges. The 21st session of COFO focussed on translating the results of Rio+20 into actions, with the subtitle Forests:  a green pathway for human development.

The key topics were:

  • Integrating forests with environmental and land use policies at all levels;
  • Forests, trees  and people together in a living landscape: A key to rural development;
  • Broadening the financial basis for sustainable forest management: wood and non-wood products, services, innovations, markets, investments and international instruments;
  • Sound information and knowledge base for better policies and good governance.

Sylva’s CEO Dr Gabriel Hemery was invited to speak at the meeting – addressing ministers and leaders of forestry organisations from across the world. He called for a global effort to revive a wood culture and proposed an innovative project. Good interest was shown from a number of possible partner countries, and the Forestry Department of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) is supportive of the concept.

 Read more about COFO

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