FINNISH INITIATIVE - Title: INTERGOVERNMENTAL SEMINAR ON CRITERIA AND INDICATORS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT (ISCI) - Sponsor Finland - Date and Location of the Meeting of the Initiative: August 19-22, 1996, Helsinki, Finland - Description of issues: The Seminar promotes and encourages national implementation of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management. It also studies the feasibility of further development of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management and their comparability and international compatibility. - Relationship with Intergovernmental Panel on Forests Programme Elements: The ISCI Seminar will directly promote the substantive preparations for the programme element III.2. - Expected results: The ISCI Seminar will produce comprehensive documentation on the issue of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management and will provide options and opportunities for the use of the Panel. The Seminar results will be introduced at the Third Session of the Panel in September 1996. The objectives of the Seminar are: * To review the achievements obtained by developing and implementing criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management at regional and national levels. * To encourage development and implementation of national level criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management, and their use as a policy instrument for assisting decision making. * To promote comparability and international compatibility of criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management. Special emphasis will be given to the specific regional and sub- regional conditions of forests and the diversity in economic social and cultural environments. - Expected Date of Completion of the Reports and Languages: - Background papers including the identification of needs for future action, June 1996 in English and French. - Seminar documentation in English during the Seminar. - Summary report of the Seminar including the conclusions and opportunities and options for future action on criteria and indicators English and French. It will be introduced at the Third Session of the IPF in September 1996. - Final report of the Seminar, October 1996, in English and French including: 1) A comprehensive report on the issue of criteria and indicators; i.e. background papers 2) Seminar Conclusions, and Options and Opportunities for future action. - Process in Pursuing the Initiative: A group of international experts and key persons (International Contact Group), consisting of representatives from developing and developed countries, the IPF Secretariat and intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations has been collaborating with the chairman of the ISCI Seminar in the preparation of the Seminar. This group met for the first time in New York during the First Session of the Panel. The second meeting of the group was organised in Finland on December 17-18, 1995. The third meeting is planned to take place during the Second Session of the IPF in Geneva in March, 1996. In Finland, an inter-ministerial working group has been established to give guidance for the preparation of the ISCI Seminar. - Participants: Representatives of countries participating in the work of the CSD and the Panel, as well as other interested countries, pertinent international organisations and non-governmental organisations, and invited experts. Participants will be senior civil servants in charge of forest policy, leading specialists and researchers, representatives of organisations and representatives from the private sector. Estimated number of participants is 150-200. Detailed information including the Programme of the Seminar, information on practical arrangements and a registration form for the Seminar and for the field excursion will be published and sent to countries in March 1996. - Contact Persons: Mr. Heikki Granholm, Project Coordinator ISCI Secretariat Tel: 358 0 160 2431 Tel: 358 0 160 2405 Fax: 358 0 160 2430 Fax: 358 0 160 2430 e-mail: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Mr. Pekka Patosaari, Director Address: Tel: 358 0 160 3353 Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland Fax: 358 0 160 2400 Department of Forestry e-mail: P.O. Box 232, FIN-00171 firstname.lastname@example.org Helsinki, Finland Ms. Marja Lehto, Counsellor Mission of Finland New York, NY, USA Tel: 1 212 355 2100 Fax: 1 212 759 6156
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