Side Events



Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) Auditor Training

Monday, September 26, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Target audience: Certification Bodies, lead auditors, certification decision makers, scheme managers, and technical reviewers.

Participants will receive training and be examined on three subject areas: Supply Base Evaluation, Chain of Custody, and Energy and Carbon Data. In addition to demonstrating existing auditor competence, participants must pass all three examinations in order to conduct SBP audits on behalf of a Certification Body. 

To register participants for one of the training sessions for Certification Bodies please send details to Melanie Wedgbury

Sustainable Biomass Partnership (SBP) Clinic

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Target audience: all interested parties

Participants will have the opportunity to raise any SBP-related questions or queries in a face-to-face session with SBP Technical Director, Simon Armstrong.

To register for one of the time slots please contact Melanie Wedgbury, places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lunch & Learn: Introducing the North American Forest Partnership

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
Advanced registration required.

The North American Forest Partnership (NAFP) is a first-of-its-kind communications initiative developed to increase awareness and understanding of the forest sector. NAFP is a diverse group of individuals, companies and organizations from across the forest sector who are dedicated to the responsible management, conservation and use of North America’s forest resources. NAFP recently launched a storytelling platform which brings to life who they are and what they do. NAFP believes that by sharing stories and passion from the people who work in our sector, we can create a more consistent and accurate description of the social, environmental and economic good we collectively produce. At this year’s SFI Annual Conference, join NAFP for an introduction to the Partnership, and explore the following topics during this informative lunch and learn:

  • Who is NAFP and what does the Partnership hope to accomplish
  • Key insights from recently conducted message testing and audience perception research;
  • What the Partnership’s been up to (including a tour of the new storytelling platform and resources available); and
  • Ways you can get involved!

Please join this interactive session to get to know the North American Forest Partnership and learn about how your organization can get involved!  To learn more or to register, email Emily Coy at


All Lands, Large Landowners Conservation Workshop

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Thursday, September 29
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, September 30
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Owners of large areas of forestland (more than 10,000 acres) have a particularly important role to play in the attainment of landscape-scale conservation goals. This workshop will follow from an earlier workshop conducted in March, when a group of large private landowners was brought together with federal, NGO, and academic thought leaders to generate ideas for improving engagement on planning and implementation of landscape-scale conservation goals. This interactive workshop will build on identified themes, and generate recommended solutions. The results will be shared broadly with coalitions, agencies, and other efforts aimed at advancing landscape scale conservation.  Contact Paul Trianosky or Rocco Saracina with SFI Inc., if you have any questions.

A summary of proceedings from the first workshop may be found here. The workshop will begin at 1:00 pm on Thursday, September 29, and conclude by midday on Friday, September 30. Attendance is by advanced registration only, with registration deadline of September 12th.  For details and to register, please contact Rocco Saracina, SFI’s Conservation Coordinator at

WBCSD/WRI Sustainable Procurement Workshop

* Invitation Only

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources Institute (WRI) are hosting a workshop focused on promoting sustainable forest management through forest products sourcing policies. The workshop is intended for procurement professionals along the forest products supply chain, this workshop will feature the joint WRI and WBCSD Guide to Sustainable Procurement of Wood and Paper-based Products to provide insights, experience sharing, practical applications and latest developments and trends in the development and implementation of forest products procurement policies. For more information please contact Matthew Reddy at or Emily Kaldjian at