FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO)

COFO2222nd Committee on Forestry (COFO), FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy (Photo source: FAO)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations created the Committee on Forestry (COFO)  as one of its governing bodies to fulfill its goal of providing food security for everyone. The COFO, the highest FAO forestry statutory body, gathers 138 countries in biennial session at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. It brings together senior government officials and heads of different forest services to review international forestry problems, identify emerging policy and technical issues, provide possible solutions, and advise FAO on appropriate action.
Focal Office:
Forestry Management Bureau (FMB)
First session: May 1972
Focal Persons:
High Level
       Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus
       Department for Environment and Natural Resources
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 926 1004 / 928 4969

       DENR - Forest Management Bureau 
       Tel. Nos. - (632) 928 9313 / 927 4788
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The 22nd Session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO 22) in 2014 reviewed the state of world's forests with emphasis on socio-economic benefits including income, employment, ownership, and management rights. In this context, it examined forest policy measures that promote sustainable production and consumption, access to resources, markets, financing equitable benefit sharing, and valuation of forest products and services.

COFO 22 provided opportunities for member countries to consider ways of promoting the contributions of forests to global developmental objectives and ensuring they feed into global negotiation processes such as the development of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
This Page was updated on 02 March 2017 and will be updated on 02 June 2017
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