Expert Consultation on Global Forest
(Venue: Kotka Forestry and Wood Technology Campus, Kärkisaarentie 1, 48310 Kotka, Finland)
FAO’s Forest Resources Assessment programme (FRA) has received technical recommendations and support from international specialists in consultations organized by FAO/UNECE at regular intervals over the last 20 years. The first consultation on global forest resources assessments was held in 1987 and the following consultations took place in 1993, 1996 and 2002. The next consultation, 5th in order, will be held in June 12-16, 2006.
Finland has hosted all the consultations and it has, together with FAO, supported financially participants from the developing countries and countries in transition. The location of the consultations has always been the city of Kotka in Finland, and, therefore, the next consultation is called Kotka V.
The main aim of Kotka V is to evaluate FRA 2005 and provide guidance for FRA 2010. In addition, Kotka V aims at enhancing collaboration with other forestry related reporting processes and organizations and to assess the need for and potential scope of a remote sensing component to complement the information provided in national reports.
The Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla, has been in charge of the practical arrangements of the Kotka consultations, and it will be responsible for the arrangements also for Kotka V.
Note that the consultation is for invited participants only.