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1 Global & regional reporting on forests and sustainable forest management 38 th session of the Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management Florian STEIERER, Roman MICHALAK/ March 23/24, 2016.

2 Content UNFF11 - Forests in the ECE Region Collaborative Forest Resources Questionnaire Pan-European reporting on forests and forest management Forest Ownership SEMAFOR Cooperation with the C&I processes

3 UNFF May 2015 in New York Forests in the ECE Region Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests Infographic

4 Forest Resource Assessment Publication released during the World Forestry Congress in Durban/South Africa 7-11 September 2015 Joint database hosted by FAO online After the data collection and report writing FAO is evaluating the past round. The secretariat and experts are available for continuing joint work in the future.

5 Forest Resource Assessment SILVA2015: Expressed appreciation for the joint work of ECE and FAO in forest reporting and requested them to continue efforts to streamline reporting, inter alia through the Collaborative Forest Resources Questionnaire (CFRQ), in the next global reporting cycle; Recognized FRA as a unique and valuable resource that is the foundation of global forest reporting, urged countries to provide the highest quality data to the CFRQ, and requested FAO and ECE to support countries to improve their data; Recognized the important role of the ECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring SFM in this context.

6 Pan-European reporting on forests and forest management Pan-European data was collected in coordination with the Global Forest Resources Assessment reporting Set basis for the production of the State of Europe s Forests 2015 launched at the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe held 20/21 October 2016 in Madrid, Spain All data is available on the UNECE Statistics website:

7 Pan-European reporting on forests and forest management Strong signal received in SILVA2015 for continued and improved cooperation between Forest Europe and UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section SILVA2015 The Committee and the Commission noted the benefits of strengthened cooperation with Forest Europe and the need for continuing the efforts to increase data quality and comparability

8 Forest ownership 32 (+4 pending) replies 95,8% of forest area in the UNECE region (including Russian Federation) Database close to finalization; COST ACITON FACESMAP coordination meeting in November in Geneva, Switzerland

9 Forest ownership First discussion of results during COST ACTION stakeholder consultation in June (Brussels/Belgium); Analysis of results in individual chapters of a joint UNECE/FAO/COST publication; Results to be presented during the final conference of the COST Action FACESMAP 7/8 September 2016; Results to be presented to the seventyeighth session of COFFI; Publication to be presented during 39 th session for the JWPFSEM

10 SEMAFOR Pilot project on the System for the Evaluation of the Management of Forests (SEMAFOR) Process and results will be presented

11 Cooperation with C&I processes Bilateral cooperation with FOREST EUROPE and the Montreal Process Continuation of the participation in the Collaborative Forest Resources Questionnaire (support to FRA2020) Participation in the C&I Partnership Initiative - Montréal Process, FOREST EUROPE, ITTO Ottawa, Canada, on 1-3 May 2016, organized by National Resources Canada and FAO

12 Thank you

13 Item 5a Forest resources - questions Secretariat paper 5a Paragraph 25. The Working Party is invited to: a) Review the processes and results of the 2015 global and regional reporting, and provide recommendations related to the organization of the next reporting cycle, in the context of the plans for the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2020; b) [to be discussed separately after the presentation on SEMAFOR] c) Review the results of the data collection on forest ownership in the region and plans for the production of the study dedicated to this topic. Team of Specialists on Sustainable Forest Management - report a) How to efficiently utilise the expertise of the ToS in disseminating the results of the SEMAFOR study?

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