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The Bureau of Alternates (BOA)

The Bureau of Alternates is the working forum of the North American Forest Commission and advises Commissioners on current activities and future direction. The Bureau is comprised of senior forest service members from Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Biannually, the Bureau of Alternates meets to guide and oversee the working groups; evaluate progress of projects; commission analytical papers on emerging issues; and identify opportunities to advance cooperative objectives. Another key function of the BOA is to distribute information to its extensive network.

Every two years, the Chair of the Bureau of Alternates rotates; therefore, the Chair assumes the responsibility of interacting with individual Working Groups and reporting their activities to the Bureau. Here are the names of the country Alternates and FAO liaison to the Bureau:

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Mexico Canada USA FAO

Berenice Hernández
Titular de la Unidad de Asuntos Internacionales y Fomento Financiero
Comisión Nacional Forestal (CONAFOR)
Carretera a Nogales esq.
Periferico pte. s/n
5o piso
Col. San Juan de Ocotan
Zapopan, Jalisco
Tel: +52-33-3777.7000 ext 1711
Fax: +52-33-3110.0820


Jeffrey Biggs
Director, Trade and International Affairs Division
Program, Economics and Industry Branch
Canadian Forest Service
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E4
Tel: (613) 947-7358
Fax: (613) 947-7399

Val Mezainis (Chair)
Director, International Programs
US Forest Service
Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 96090
Washington, D.C. 20090-6090
Tel: 1-202-205-1650
Fax: 202-205-1603

Peter Csoka
Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
Vialle delle Terme di Caracalla
Rome, Italy 00100


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