Geneva Timber and Forest Study Papers

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The Timber and Forest Study Papers encompasses sustainable forest management as well as the sound and legal use of forest products, for raw material and energy, and forest services. The objective is to assist member countries by: providing the best available information; facilitating policy dialogues and communication; and building capacity. The series is the product of a collaborative endeavour between the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

 
The Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy

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16 Oct 2014
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The Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy, adopted on 13 December 2013 in Finland, describes how the forest sector in the UNECE region could lead the way towards the emerging green economy at the global level. It provides an overall vision, objectives and specific activities, and identifies potential actors, who might contribute to achieving the stated objectives. It is not a binding plan, nor does it contain prescriptive recommendations to Governments, international organizations or stakeholders, who are free to adopt, adapt, in full or in part, or not to implement the Action Plan as they wish. The implementation of the Action Plan will be monitored by the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section which will also explore ways and means to measure the contribution and the progress of the forest sector towards a Green Economy.

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  • Preface
    A forest sector which contributes to the emerging green economy can be defined as a sector that improves human well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In every aspect of its activities, it: minimises its carbon emissions, uses its resources efficiently and is socially inclusive.
  • Acknowledgements
    The first version of Action Plan was drafted early in 2011 by Mr. Christopher Prins, International Consultant. He also assisted the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section in further developing the text by integrating the contributions from stakeholder meetings and the Lviv Forum on Forests in a Green Economy meeting.
  • List of Accronyms/Abbreviations
  • Introduction
    This Action Plan describes how the forest sector in the UNECE region could lead the way towards the emerging green, bio-based economy at the global level. It identifies an overall vision, strategies and a number of areas of activity. For each area of activity, it proposes objectives and specific actions, and identifies potential actors, who might contribute to achieving the stated objectives. It is not a binding plan, nor does it contain prescriptive recommendations to Governments, international organizations or stakeholders, who are free to adopt, adapt, in full or in part, or not to implement the Action Plan as they wish. How the Action Plan may be implemented is discussed below (Section 1.7).
  • The action plan for the forest sector in a green economy
  • Pillar A. Sustainable production and consumption of forest products
    Goal: Patterns of production, consumption and trade of forest products are truly sustainable
  • Pillar B. The low carbon forest sector
    Goal: The forest sector makes the best possible contribution to mitigation (sequestration, storage and substitution) of, and adaptation to, climate change
  • Pillar C. Decent green jobs in the forest sector
    Goal: The workforce is able to implement sustainable forest management, and the forest sector contributes to achieving the social goals of the green economy by providing decent jobs
  • Pillar D. Long term provision of forest ecosystem services
    Goal: Forest functions are identified and valued and payments for ecosystem services (PES) are established, encouraging sustainable production and consumption patterns
  • Pillar E. Policy development and monitoring of the forest sector in relation to a green economy
    Goal: Policies and institutions relevant to the forest sector promote sustainable forest management; policy making is evidence-based, policy instruments are effective, efficient and equitable and monitoring is adequate in order to mainstream the green economy in forest sector policies.
  • Background and Mandate
    The Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy was prepared under the auspices of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI, formerly Timber Committee) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC). The COFFI Bureau and the EFC Executive Committee developed the idea at their joint meeting in October 2010, deciding on the process and agreeing that the Action Plan should be at the centre of the joint Committee/Commission meeting in 2011, which focused on the forest sector in a green economy. The Action Plan was developed on the basis of an open consultation with member States and stakeholders (see Annex 2), consolidated by the secretariat and reviewed by a first stakeholder meeting in May 2011.
  • List of the stakeholders involved in the development of the action Plan
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