BEIJING, June 23 – The sixth conference of the China-US working group on forestry was held in Washington DC on June 6, 2014. The Chinese chair for the conference was Zhang Hongyan, deputy director of the International Cooperation Bureau of the State Forestry Administration while the US chair was Jim Reaves, deputy director of research and development at the USDA Forest Service.

They reviewed cooperation activities from 2011 to 2014, and decided to continue cooperation in forest health, invasion of alien species, climate change, forest products, biomass utilization, forest fire prevention and crackdown on illegal felling.

The two sides also discussed and decided on their work plan for the 2014-2017 period. They deliberated plans on partnership between forest units of the two countries and on joint laboratory.

Mary Wagner, assistant director of the USDA Forest Service, met the Chinese delegation.

On June 13, 2014, the seventh conference of the China-Canada working group on forestry was held in Ottawa. Zhang Hongyan, deputy director of the International Cooperation Bureau of the State Forestry Administration, and Darcie Booth, executive deputy minister of the Canadian Forest Service, jointly chaired the meeting.

The two exchanged views on the forestry development, reviewed the cooperation and exchanges between the forestry authorities of the two countries since the sixth conference, and vowed to strengthen cooperation in sectors such as forest sinks research, international pilot forest network, crackdown on illegal felling and related trade, forest product standardization system, promotion of environmental products and sustainable forestry development.

A seminar on the crackdown of illegal felling and related trade was also held after the conference, at which they compared notes on policies, experiences and lessons in the sectors.