UNFF Major Group Focal Points

The UNFF facilitates a Major Group focal point system with focal points from each of the major groups -Business and Industry, Children and Youth, Indigenous People, Local Authorities, Non-governmental Organizations, Scientific and Technological Communities, Small Forest Landowners / Farmers, Women, Workers and Trade Unions. This focal point system is intended to be a fluid, flexible mechanism to help facilitate coordination, planning and discussion on UNFF-related issues within and between major group networks. If you are interested in participating in UNFF discussions on behalf of your major group, please contact your relevant UNFF focal point.


Children and Youth

International Forestry Students’ Association *
Mr. Frederik Buchholz
Wageningen University
Asserpark 44-2A, 6706HC Wageningen, Netherlands
Email: frederik.bucholz@ifsa.net, unff.ip@ifsa.net

Alternate Focal Point
Erica Di Girolami
Independent Consultant in International Forest Policy and Economic Sustainability
Email: digirolami.e@gmail.com

Business and Industry

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Ms. Angela Graham-Brown
Manager, Forest Solutions, WBCSD
Email: graham-brown@wbcsd.org

Forest Workers and Trade Unions

Building and Wood Workers’ International (BWI) *
Pending focal point update

Alternate Focal Point
Mr. Coen van der Veer
Global Wood and Forestry Director, BWI
Email: coen.vanderveer@bwint.org

Indigenous Peoples

International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests
Mr. Hubertus Samangun
Regional coordinator (Bahasa region)
Jalan Setia Kawan Raya No. 39 – 41
Jakarta Pusat 10140, Indonesia
Tel: +62 21 632 7559 | Fax: + 62 21 632 6425
E-mail: hsamangun@yahoo.com

Alternate Focal Point
Ms. Lucy Lucy Mulenkei
Executive Director, Indigenous Information Network (IIN)
Email: mulenkei@gmail.com

Local Authorities

Networks are in discussion regarding their focal point.

Non-Governmental Organisations

Friends of Siberian Forests
Dr. Andrei Laletin
PO Box 26779
Krasnoyarsk-36, 660036 Russia
Tel: +7 3912 498404
Fax: +7 3912 498404
Email: laletin3@yahoo.com

Coordinadora Ecuatoriana de Organizaciones para la Defensa de la Naturaleza y el Medio Ambiente
Ms. Martha Cecilia Nunez Canizares
Av. Universitaria s/n y Juan Larrea.
Tola Chica, Tumbaco-Ecuador
Email: marnuz4@yahoo.com

Farmers and Small Forest Landowners

Global Alliance of Community Forestry (GACF)
Mr. Ghan Shyam Pandey
Chairperson, Federation of Community Forestry Users Nepal (FECOFUN)
GPO Box No. 8219, Purano Baneshwor,
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 1 4485263 | Fax: +977 1 4485262
Email: pandeygs2002@yahoo.com

IFFA – International Family Forestry Alliance
Ms. Satu-Marja Tenhiälä
The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)
Simonkatu 6, P.O. Box 510,
00101 Helsinki, Finland
Email: satu-marja.tenhiala@mtk.fi

Scientific and Technological Community

Asia Pacific Association of Forestry Research Institutions
Mr. Gan Kee Seng
c/o Forest Research Institute Malaysia,
Kepong, 52109 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel: +60 3 6279 7007Fax: +60 3 6277 3249
Email: latif@frim.gov.my

Forestry Network of Sub-Saharan Africa
Mr. Joseph Cobbinah
University Box 63, Kumasi,
Tel: +233-24440560; +233-5160646; +233-5161378 | Fax: +233-5160121
Email: jrcobbinah@yahoo.co.uk


African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF)
Ms. Cecile Ndjebet
Email: cndjebet@yahoo.com

Alternate Focal Point
Forest Women Network
Ms. Fernanda Rodrigues

*These organizations have consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.