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

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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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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.

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