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IUFRO The Advocate for Forest Science.
The coordinating lead authors (CLAs) of the new GFEP assessment report met at the end of February in Singapore to refine the draft manuscripts of all chapters and discuss key messages emerging from the assessment.
The results of the assessment to date confirm that the forest regime involves a multitude of state and non-state actors, instruments and discourses that have shifted over time. The regime is trying to operate at many different levels and to take account of developments in a variety of other sectors where policy decisions will have an impact on forests. Yet, this complex 'mix' of elements also allows for cooperative relationships and positive regime interactions that can be nurtured by means of improved coordination, policy learning and structured participation.
The assessment report will provide concrete options and examples of how to capitalize on the complexity of the international forest regime. It will also trace the ways in which global forest governance architectures can influence domestic policy making in the direction of sustainability. The results of the assessment will be available in autumn 2010.
The World Teak Conference 2013 "Sharing our Planet: Teak Model Development towards the Improvement of Mankind” in Thailand examined the multiple aspects of teak cultivation and management.
Participants at the symposium "MORIOKA 2013: Global Forest Products Marketing and Forest Certification in a Green Economy" discussed strategies and challenges of the forest sector in a green economy.
IUFRO celebrated the first International Day of Forests on 21 March with an official opening of its new offices located in the building of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Life.
United Nations, Observing First International Day of Forests, Celebrates Their Vital, Life-sustaining Role: UN Press Release
2013 is a special year for forests, with many activities and initiatives underway to recognize and strengthen the important role forests play in our lives.