76th session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI)

Vancouver, November 5-9, 2018

The Government of Canada, through Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), is pleased to host the 76th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI).

Under the title Building the Future with Forests, the meeting will take place November 5 to 9 in Vancouver, Canada.

It will bring together experts, policy makers, business leaders as well as international delegates for a variety of panel discussions about the challenges and opportunities for the forest and forest product industries. It will focus on the transition towards a more sustainable society, based on the provision of forest products from sustainably managed forests. It will also examine the circular economy, which replaces a “take, make and dispose” approach with a model that seeks to “reuse, regenerate and restore.”

Registration for this event has now closed.

Investing in the long-term use of wood

The Government of Canada believes forests and forest products can play a role in reaching sustainability goals which where developed by UN member states and adopted as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is a 15-year global framework centred on an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change is Canada’s plan to reduce emissions across all sectors of the economy, stimulate clean economic growth and build resilience to the impacts of climate change. To help address this plan, the Canadian Forest Service is working on four areas of interest: 1) Increasing stored carbon - protecting and enhancing carbon sinks, 2) Increasing the use of wood for construction, 3) Generating bioenergy and bioproducts, and 4) Advancing innovation.

Investing in the long-term use of wood in Canada’s construction industry is a priority for the Government of Canada. We have developed the Green Construction through Wood (GCWood) funding program to support the construction of innovative tall wood buildings, timber bridges, and low-rise non-residential wood buildings. A call for Expressions of Interest for low-rise non-residential wood buildings is currently open until December 3, 2018.

Further, we worked collaboratively with the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) to develop a Forest Bioeconomy Framework for Canada to build a clean growth, low-carbon economy. More and more, Canadians are seeking clean technologies, renewable energy sources and bio-based manufactured products that limit or reduce carbon output while preserving biodiversity. Canada's forest bioeconomy represents the future. It includes forest and biomass supply chain management, building design, community resilience, consumer behaviours, and the sustainable production of ecological goods and services from Canada's forests.

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