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1 Dec 2011

International Year of Forests 2011 recognized in Rome

Marco Celeghini, Director of International Relations, Italian State Forestry Corps (CFS); Amalia Daniela Renosto, Québec Government Representative in Rome; and Enrico Brugnoli, Director, Land and Environment Department, Italian National Research Council (CNR).

On November 23, the Québec Government Office in Rome and the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune put the International Year of Forests 2011 in the spotlight with a day of discussions on sustainable forest management showcasing the Québec model and the expertise that has been developed in Québec in this field. The symposium was attended by about 50 sectoral experts.

International researchers focused their discussions on the impact of climate change on forests and the solutions that research can provide to ensure sustainable forest heritage management. The symposium was organized in collaboration with the Italian State Forestry Corps (CFS), the Land and Environment Department of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the Forestry Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Mario Gibeault, Director of timber marketing at the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune (MRNF), and Jean-Pierre Saucier from the MRNF’S Forestry Research Branch, presented Québec’s new forest regime at the symposium.

Although the speakers acknowledged that many differences exist between Italian and Québec forests, a general consensus emerged: the increase in greenhouse gas and climate change expose forests to identical adaptation problems and vulnerabilities.

In her opening remarks, Québec Government Representative in Rome Amalia Daniela Renosto also expressed her hope that the symposium would pave the way to finding shared solutions for the stewardship of the environmental, economic and social heritage that forests represent for humanity.

Is should be recalled that in October, 2011, Robert Jobidon, Director of Forestry Research at the MRNF, also participated in a day of discussions among researchers on forest research needs and outlooks at the invitation of the Italian National Research Council.

Both were important days for the Québec Government Office in Rome and contributed to the international promotion of Québec’s expertise in sustainable forest management. In addition, bilateral talks between MRNF representatives and representatives from the FAO, CNR and CFS helped identify concerns, common interests and potential areas of collaboration.

Québec Government Office in Rome
FAO – Forestry Department
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