The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) announce the European Forest Week .
The event will take place from 9-13 December 2013, in parallel to Metsä2013 – the joint session of the UNECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission – to take place in Rovaniemi, Finland.
One way of promoting the sustainable management of our forests is through the powerful tool/concept of Criteria and Indicators (C&I).
The movement started in 1992 in Rio, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNECD).Ever since, several different international processes and initiatives have developed criteria and indicators as a policy instruments to evaluate and report progress towards sustainable forest management.
The new EU Forest Strategy was adopted on the 20th September 2013 to respond to new challenges facing forests and the forest sector. The Strategy is a response to the increasing demands put on forests and to significant societal and political changes.
The EU contains 5 % of the world's forests which are faced with multiple pressures, and face new social, economic and ecological challenges but also opportunities.
Hence, important developments of the EU Forest Strategy include:
The SNS-supported workshop “The forest sector in the biobased economy: perspectives from policy and economic sciences” was organised in Uppsala 28-29 August 2013. One main conclusion was that the forest sector must take lessons from economic and political sciences to enhance the adaptation to a green economy.
The SNS-supported project CAR-ES argues against a proposed standard for calculating water footprints. The draft standard includes evapotranspiration as a component of water consumption. This tremen- dously overestimates the water footprint of forest products in the Nordic/Baltic region, and draws attention away from more serious water problems. Martyn Futter, researcher at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and part of CAR-ES, explains more.
New study on timber trade between Europe and South-east Asia under the impact of FLEGT and certification, HERE. The article is the result of a joint cooperation between EFINORD (Copenhagen, Denmark), European Commission's JRC (Ispra, Italy) and SLU (Alnarp, Sweden).
Last week’s EFI annual conference was a great success. Every year the conference hosts a EFIMarket session, where researchers, organizations and regional EFI offices can share their ongoing research or future plans and strategies.
Head of EFINORD office, Mika Mustonen presented some of the office’s present and future forest research and collaboration initiatives for the Nordic-Baltic region.
Representative series on roundwood prices in the Baltic Sea Region countries Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden, are available online from the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla). The series are mostly complied on a monthly basis and the data originates from official forest statistics. A link to the “Roundwood Prices in the Baltic Sea Region” service by Metla has now been added to NB Forest portal pages.