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The mandate of the North American Forest Products Working Group (FPWG) is to promote and enhance the efficient and sustainable use of forest products within North America, by bringing together and expanding upon the “Body of Knowledge” of information and scientific and technical expertise related to North American wood and non-wood products.
Goals and Objectives:
The goals and the objectives of the FPWG are to:
to the North American Forestry Commission Meeting
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The following activities were conducted during 1999-2000:
Network During the previous two years, the participants in the various working groups:
Conference calls are the primary mode by which the members of the FPWG communicate. Conference calls occur every two months or more frequently depending on the level of activity. Some technical exchanges that have occurred over the past two years include:
In June of 1998, the FPWG held an International meeting in Merida, Mexico. A proceedings, titled “North America Forest Products Working Group” has been published and contains the papers presented at this meeting. Copies have been distributed to all participants who attended the meeting. A copy of the proceedings is attached.
The FPWG is working to translate the Proceedings into Spanish. This will facilitate the continued dialogue between the three countries on various technical issues impacting all three countries. The FPWG is asking the NAFC Board of Alternatives for funding to translate this proceedings into Spanish.
The FPWG is requesting funding support of $9,000 to cover translation, typesetting and printing of the North American Forest Products Working Group Proceedings. Attached is a copy of the English version of this proceedings. The FPWG believes that translation of this document into Spanish will increase the dissemination and use of this information in Mexico.
The working groups of the FPWG are actively involved in developing work plans for the next two years. Numerous topics have been listed and the working groups are prioritizing the list. Topics being considered include:
The working group is proposing to develop a trinational state-of-the-art paper that would discuss the following items:
The Working Group is proposing to develop a future paper that would focus on changing wood product demand and what this means in the demand for North American fiber supply. In addition, this Working Group is planning on meeting at the Western Forest Economics Meeting in Wemme, Oregon, May 8-10, 2000.
Non-wood Forest Products
The Working Group is proposing to continue to explore organizing a trinational workshop on non-wood forest products. All three countries have had or are planning workshops on this topic. The FPWG has asked the representatives from each country to draft a summary executive abstract of their respective conferences and share this with the others in the Working Group, as well as the FPWG.
The Working Group is primarily monitoring the activities on certification within their respective countries. The FPWG has asked the Working Group to prepare a yearly summary of the certification activities within their own country.
The Forest Products Working Group, newly formed in 1994, is in the process of developing its mandate, objectives, and activities. It is expected that the group will consider how to make maximum use of the range of forest products, including nonwood materials and forest services to better respond to the multiple demands placed on the resource base.
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Mr. Robert Glowinski
Mr. Gonzalo Novelo
Dr. Raymundo Davalos
Ing. Luis Leon
Dr. Vishwa Mathur
Chris Gaston (Chair)
Dr. Bill Wilson
Richard W. Haynes,
Jose Antonio Garcia
Dr. Roger Fight
Dr. Leonardo Sanchez
Dr. Luc Duchesne
Ing. Miguel Angel
M.C. Marcelo Zepeda
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