Natural Resources Canada and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe announced today that the next meeting of UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest industry (COFFI) will take place from 5 to 9 November 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. Under the title ‘Building the Future with Forests' the meeting will focus on the transition towards a more sustainable society and a circular economy, based on the provision of forest products from sustainably managed forests. Wood has proven to be the most sustainable construction material in many areas, and new technological frontiers have been opened with applications for large and tall buildings. Yet the use of timber in construction is often hampered by various regulatory barriers, as well as misperception about timber's potential and environmental credentials. In order to find tangible solutions to these issues, the ‘Building the Future with Forests' meeting will bring experts, policy makers, business leaders as well as COFFI members together through a variety of panel discussions concentrating primarily on the challenges and opportunities for timber and forest product markets and the circular economy. Participants will also have focused dialogues on the functional and technical aspects of wood, including the challenges and the opportunities to make wood a key material for a sustainable future and for a healthy business sector. This diversified audience has the chance to support and pave the way for policies which champion the use of wood.In order to enhance collaboration between the relevant players in the region, the COFFI meeting will take place at the Vancouver Conference Centre, sharing the venue with the annual Wood Solutions Fair of Wood WORKS! BC, a Canadian Wood Council led program with funding support from the wood industry, and federal and provincial governments across Canada, and Passive House Canada, a professional association advocating for high-performance building standards. Forest products will play a critical role in meeting our climate targets and creating more resilient communities as the world transitions to a clean-growth economy. With nearly 40 percent of the world's certified forests, and the revitalization of our forest industry underway, Canada is poised to play a leadership role in this transition. Canada looks forward to welcoming the meeting participants in beautiful British Columbia.” Jim Carr
Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
The preliminary programme of the meeting is available at:

Information about the meeting will be updated on a regular basis and can be found on the meeting's webpage, where you can also register online once registration has been opened: