Japanese/Canadian Initiative INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON INTEGRATED APPLICATION OF SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES Background and perspective The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) decided in its third session to establish an open-ended Intergovernmental Panel on Forests (IPF) in order to pursue consensus and formulation of coordinated proposals for action. To facilitate substantive deliberations, eleven programme elements were identified in the third session of the UNCED and further elaborated in the first meeting of the IPF. Recognizing the complexity of the issues under examination and the limited time available to the IPF, the importance of country-led initiatives becomes apparent. As policy options are developed throughout the IPF process, its deliberations would be enhanced if the extent to which such options offer practical solutions is demonstrated. Lessons and experiences derived from field practices could provide some insight and assist the IPF in formulating policy recommendations at its fourth session. Objective The workshop will provide a forum to discuss practical applications of the policy dialogue conducted within the IPF process. Particular emphasis will be placed on sustainable forest management practices at the field level. Scope The workshop will focus on the following areas: ~ review and analyze a wide range of sustainable forest management practices in the context of the emerging issues of the IPF; ~ extract common key factors associated with their success and contribute to their further improvement; ~ consider an appropriate mix of practical options which could enhance sustainable forest management practices at the field level. The only field activities and practices to be covered in the review and analysis are those where there is sufficient information available to extract common factors with confidence. The workshop will be divided into three parts: ~ presentations in plenary by experts on lessons and experiences derived from field practices (two days, including opening ceremonies); ~ discussions in sub-groups to link the common factors with related emerging issues (two days and no more than two sub-groups meeting concurrently); ~ plenary discussion on range of possible practical applications (one day, including closing ceremonies). Product A report of the workshop proceedings will be submitted to the IPF secretariat and made available to members of the IPF prior to its fourth session for their consideration. Participants Technical and policy experts with firsthand knowledge of field activities and practices will be invited to make presentations. Intergovernmental and non- governmental organizations will fully participate in discussions. Organization The workshop will be jointly hosted by Canada, Japan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and one or two developing countries, to be identified. Schedule and Venue The workshop will likely take place in November 1996, in Japan. The precise location will be determined at a later date. Contacts: Takashi Goto, Deputy Director International Cooperation Office, Forestry Agency Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-Ku Tokyo 100, Japan Tel: 81-3-3502-8111(6212)/359-8449 Fax: 81-3-3593-9565 David Drake, Director International Affairs Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada Sir William Logan Building, 8th floor, 580 Booth Street Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0E6 Canada Tel: 613-947-9078 Fax: 613-947-9033 email: DDRAKE@AM.NCR.FORESTRY.CA
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