05 March 2008
Workshop on National Wood Resource Balances - Empirical data gathering on sources and uses of wood - Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland on 31 March – 1 April 2008.
UNECE/FAO Timber Section in conjunction with the University of Hamburg, is organizing a workshop on on National Wood Resource Balances - Empirical data gathering on sources and uses of wood - Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland on 31 March – 1 April 2008.
Empirical research is urgently needed to close gaps and improve data and statistics on sources and uses of wood. This information is crucial for planning and decision-making in the forest-based as well as the renewable energy sector.
The recently (2006) conducted Joint UNECE/FAO/IEA/EC Wood Energy Enquiry has started a process to collect improved information on wood energy on a Europe-wide basis. This has helped the creation of national and European-level wood balances (study on “wood resources availability and demands – implications of renewable energy policies”). The study assesses figures for sources and uses of wood (including wood energy), and identifies data gaps and inconsistencies which still need to be resolved.
Based on the findings of this study, the workshop aims to set a framework (priorities, best practices, resources) for empirical research on sources and uses of wood in countries of the UNECE region.
We invite experts in research on different sources of wood supply (forest resources), wood use (forest products), and wood energy, as well as interested stakeholders from forestry, wood-based industry and bioenergy.
The workshop will be immediately followed by the 30th session of the Joint FAO/ UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistic (2-3 April). The Working Party will hold also an in-session seminar on potential future wood supply