KKL-JNF at United Nations Committee of Forestry Conference
August 17, 2014 08:46
KKL-JNF Chief Forester David Brand represented Israel at the 22nd conference of the United Nations Committee on Forestry (COFO22), which took place in Rome, Italy on June 23-27. COFO is the highest forestry statutory body of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
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The biennial sessions of COFO bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to discuss the state of the world's forests, identify emerging policy and technical issues, to seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate action.
KKL-JNF Chief Forester David Brand represented Israel and KKL-JNF at the conference. KKL-JNF's participation at the conference was both important and valuable. For the first time, KKL-JNF was granted official recognition by COFO and was recognized at COFO22 as the representative of the state of Israel that is responsible for Israel's forests and afforestation. COFO22 provided KKL-JNF with an opportunity to showcase its diverse professional achievements and internationally acclaimed expertise.
Parallel to COFO22, World Forest Week took place for the fourth time. World Forest Week is comprised of a series of meetings and events sponsored by FAO and its partner organizations and institutions. It provides an opportunity for sharing state-of-the-art knowledge and major accomplishments and achievements in the field of forestry. On the last day of the conference, there was a special session of the Silva Mediterranea organization, which discussed activities planned for this year and next year. Silva Mediterranea is the only international forum dedicated to Mediterranean forest issues in which representatives of the Mediterranean countries from the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, the European Forestry Commission and the Near East Forestry Commission can meet, share experiences and establish cooperative programs. Twenty eight countries are members of this organization, including Israel.
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