12th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests

IUFRO and the United Nations' Forum on Forests

IUFRO and UNFF: The Role of Science in Global Forest Policy Development
By Andre Purret, IUFRO-GFEP Project Manager, and Gerda Wolfrum, IUFRO Communications and PR

The United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) was established in 2002 as a subsidiary body under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). IUFRO is an accredited observer organization in the UNFF. Through a number of joint initiatives in the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) , IUFRO supports the work of the UNFF and provides thematic contributions to the Forum’s sessions.

Read more at: http://www.iufro.org/download/file/26743/6467/IUFRO_J-News_121_-_article_June_2017_pdf/   

IUFRO at the 12th Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests

1-5 May 2017; UN Headquarters New York, USA
More information about the UNFF 12:

On the 1st of May 2017, delegates from the Member States, UN agencies, Major Groups, observer organizations and other stakeholders will come together for the 12th session of UN Forum on Forests. As in the previous sessions, IUFRO sends its delegation to the session.

We invite all delegates attending UNFF12 to the following side events, organized by IUFRO:

Monday, 01 May, 13:15 – 14:45, Trusteeship Chamber, UN Headquarters in New York

Title: Healthy forests for a prosperous environment: the multi-faceted aspect of forest degradation
Organizer: The IUFRO Task Force on Climate Change and Forest Health,

  • Dr. J. Parrotta, IUFRO Vice President, US Forest Service
  • Dr. A. De Marco, ENEA, Italy
  • Prof. M. Kozlov, University of Turku, Finland
  • Dr. P. Sicard, ACRI, France
  • Prof. C. Branquinho, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Dr. A. Bytnerowicz, US Forest Service
  • Prof. E. Marchi, University of Florence, Italy
  • Dr. E. Paoletti, IUFRO Task Force Chair, Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology (SISEF)

Flyer: PDF for download

Blog post: https://blogifsa.wordpress.com/2017/05/01/a-small-answer-to-a-big-question-how-do-we-measure-climate-change-impact-on-forest-ecosystems/


Tuesday, 02 May, 13:15 – 14:45, Trusteeship Chamber, UN Headquarters in New York

Title: Harnessing the potential of community and small-holder forestry for SDGs
Organizer: Special Project on World Forests, Society and Environment (IUFRO-WFSE)

  • Dr. J. Parrotta, IUFRO Vice-President, US Forest Service
  • Prof. W. de Jong, Kyoto University
  • Dr. S. Lawry, Center for International Forestry Research
  • Dr. G. Galloway, University of Florida
  • Dr. P. Katila, Natural Resources Institute, Finland

Flyer: PDF for download
Presentations: http://www.iufro.org/science/special/wfse/wfse-news/#c26245/
Policy Brief Building on synergies:Harnessing community and smallholder forestry for Sustainable Development Goals: PDF for download


IUFRO will also be well represented at the Panel discussion on the "Contributions of forests to the achievement of SDG 2: Forests and Food Security", taking place in the frame of the UNFF 12 formal session on 3 May 2017, 10:00 – 13:00.

Panel Composition:

Moderator: Paola Deda (UN Economic Commission for Europe) (tbc)
Keynote Speaker: Bhaskar Vira, (University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute)

  • Maria Helena Semedo (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN)
  • John Parrotta (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) and
  • Bronwen Powell (Penn State University)
Dr. Vira was the Panel Chair of the IUFRO-GFEP Expert Panel on Forests and Food Security.

Dr. Parrotta and Dr. Powell were both members of the Expert Panel and among the authors of the GFEP report titled “Forests, Trees and Landscapes for Food Security and Nutrition - A Global Assessment Report”, launched in 2015.

More information about the GFEP Expert Panel and the assessment report can be found here:
Video: https://t.co/BNEMiJDE6A


IUFRO at UNFF12 - in the Press

L'IUFRO à la 12e session du Forum des Nations Unies sur les forêts: http://www.mediaterre.org/actu,20170428203038,1.html