United Nations
Intergovernmental Panel on Forests

National Ininitiatives

                  Japanese/Canadian Initiative


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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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.


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


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