Friday, 13 December 2013
FSC discusses forest land ownership and Green Economy at European Forest Week
Rovaniemi, 11 December – FSC participated in two sessions at the second European Forest Week: one addressing green economy issues and the other addressing forest land ownership.
‘Measuring and Communicating the Contribution of the Forest Sector to a Green Economy Roundtable’
FSC International, represented by Felix Romero, European Regional Director, participated this event, where UNECE/FAO presented a first draft to discuss about how to acknowledge, monitor and communicate the contribution of the Forest Sector to a Green Economy.
Romero highlighted the importance of including FSC certification as an indicator in any method aimed to measure the “greenness” of the forest-based sector and its contribution to a Green Economy, as FSC in itself is a needed tool to measure quality of forest management.
‘Forest land ownership changes in Europe: policy and practice issues’
This side event addressed the current trend of “new” forest owner types. It was organized by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and the COST Action 1201 FACESMAP.
Forest ownership is changing across Europe. In some areas a growing number of so-called “new” forest owners have appeared holding only small parcels of forest, many of them living in the cities and having no forestry or agricultural knowledge, capacities or interest to manage their forests. At the same time, new community and private owners are bringing new interest and objectives to forest management.
FSC highlighted the role of group certification of smallholders as an important tool to overcome the challenges that these forest owners face in Europe. It was concluded that increasing the information on forest land ownership, as well as promoting group schemes and cooperative formulas for smallholders were crucial to make more efficient the management of forests. In addition, including smallholders in marketing strategies, training and capacity building was regarded as of high importance.
The second European Forest Week “Forests for a green society: taking root, branching out” was celebrated in parallel with “Metsä 2013”, the joint session of the ECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission in Rovaniemi, Finland.
FSC was one of the 15 launching partners to promote responsible forest management and raise awareness of the forest sector’s contribution to a Green Economy.