UNFF 16 Side Event: Forest Information Serving Policy-making at all Levels

The purpose of the side event is to highlight the importance of reliable forest-related information in policy-making at all levels. Finland’s National Forest Inventory is celebrating its first century, which makes this side event particularly timely. In the event, we will also share Finland’s experience in supporting forest information through development policy. Lastly, the global work on developing forest information will be presented by FAO.

Date: Wednesday, 28th April 2021
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM (EDT)
Language: English

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Opening of the Side Event
Ambassador Jukka Salovaara, Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN

Ambassador Salovaara is co-facilitating the negotiations on the declaration to be adopted at the next UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Celebrating 100 Years of Forest Inventories in Finland
Principal Scientist Kari T Korhonen, Natural Resources Institute Finland

Dr. Korhonen has led and helped to develop Finland’s National Forest Inventory since 2004, and takes also actively part to the related international work.

Supporting Forest Information through Development Policy
Senior Forest Sector Adviser Vesa Kaarakka, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

Dr. Kaarakka has strong scientific and practical background in tropical silviculture, and has since 2008 helped to shape Finland’s development policy in forestry and related sectors.

Global Work on Developing Forest Information
Deputy Director Tiina Vähänen, Food and Agriculture Organization

Deputy Director Vähänen has over 20 years experience on United Nations’ forest-related work, and is currently Deputy Director at the FAO’s Forestry Division.

See also

UN Forum on Forests – 16th session


Further information

Mr Teemu Seppä, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Natural Resources Department, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.  Tel. 0295162158  Email: firstname.lastname(at)mmm.fi