NORWEGIAN INITIATIVE -Title: LONG TERM TRENDS AND PROSPECTS IN SUPPLY AND DEMAND FOR WOOD PRODUCTS AND POSSIBLE IMPLICATIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT. -Sponsor: Norway -Date and Location of the Meeting of the Initiative: The activity will be carried out by an international team of experts knowledgeable of the various issues involved over the period from 1 December 1995 to 1 July 1996. A progress report is being planned for IPF2, while the final results will be reported to IPF3. -Description of the issue: A factor which will be an important basis for forestry planning is the long-term supply and demand for wood products, and the factors that will affect future demand for wood. A key issue is what strain will be put on the world's wood resources in the future, and the implications for sustainable development and forest management. In this context it is important to take into account regional variations and perspectives. A process has been initiated to prepare a synthesis paper which will focus on the following main topics: * Factors affecting long-term trends of non-industrial and industrial supply and demand for wood. * Main trends and prospects in non-industrial and industrial supply and demand for wood in light of the major factors affecting such trends. * Possible implications for sustainable forest management. The synthesis paper will be based on existing studies and information, and should take into account the differences in socio-economic and ecological conditions of regions and put this into a global context. - Relationship with the Intergovernmental Panel on Forests Programme Elements: These topics are relevant to several of the IPF Programme Elements, in particular I.2, I.1, and IV. - Expected results: A report that will be presented and made available to IPF 3, with a progress report to IPF 2. - Expected date of Completion of the Report and Language: July 1996. The report will be made available in English. - Process in pursuing the Initiative: Project managers are The European Forest Institute (EFI) and the Norwegian Forest Research Institute (NISK). The project secretariat will be located in EFI. A group of international experts, representing various disciplines and regions will be invited to contribute to the study, and will constitute the project team. - Contact Persons: Mr. Jostein Leiro Mr. Svein Aass Head of Division Minister Counsellor Ministry of Foreign Affairs Permanent Mission of Norway to P.O. Box 8114 Dep. the United Nations N-0032 Oslo 825 Third Avenue, 39th floor Norway New York, N.Y. 10022-7584 Tel: (47) 2224 3608 Tel: (212) 421 0280 Fax: (47) 2224 9580/81 Fax: (212) 688 0554
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