WI State Forester and NASF President to Participate in FAO's Committee on Forestry Sessions

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The biennial sessions of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) will take place in Rome, Italy from July 18-22. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #COFO23.

COFO is the highest forestry-related statutory body of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Wisconsin State Forester and NASF President Paul DeLong will represent state forestry issues on behalf of NASF.

COFO will bring together international leaders of forestry services and senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action. Other international organizations and, increasingly, non-governmental groups participate in COFO. Participation in COFO is open to all FAO member countries.

The key themes of this year's session seek to investigate how forests and sustainable forest management can contribute to the achievement of internationally agreed development goals.  For the fifth time, COFO will be held in conjunction with World Forest Week, a series of meetings and events sponsored by FAO and its partner organizations and institutions. The World Forest Week is an opportunity for sharing state-of-the-art knowledge and major accomplishments and achievements.

Together with the World Forest Week, COFO will consider how the full potential of forests, including forests’ contributions to livelihoods, food security, jobs, gender equality and many other global development goals including the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreements, can best be unlocked.

Learn more about COFO at http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/cofo/en/.

Learn more about forestry in the United States at www.forestactionplans.org