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Forest Europe

UNECE Forestry and Timber


Project Coordinator

European Forest Institute


Jul 28, 2014

The Romanian government, Greenpeace and WWF have started the nomination process for the virgin beech forests of Romania to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The designation process and all the procedures related to it will take approximately two years.

Jul 25, 2014

The benefits of using native species in large scale rehabilitation and restoration projects are highlighted in a new publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

C&I Library

In the framework of the CI-SFM project, the C&I  Library brings together a collection of both downloadable information sources and references to literature about criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management and their implementation at the various levels (global, pan-European, national and sub-national). The aim of this portal is to provide an easy access to information that might be useful for policy support and research in the field of C&I for SFM.  The creation of this library is an important first step towards providing a platform for information sharing and exchange on the C&I implementation among the countries across Europe.

The C&I Library includes:

The library is maintained by the European Forest Institute (EFI), but integrates the efforts and cooperation of many individuals and institutions outside its network in order to provide information as comprehensive as possible. If you have any recommendations for relevant information sources that would complement the C&I Library, please contact:

Country reports

Comprehensive reports, structured according to the pan-European C&I set (or the national/sub-national set derived from it), have been published by 19 FOREST EUROPE signatories. These national reports are seen as a useful communication tool for policy makers, other relevant stakeholders and the general public.  

The C&I Library encompasses a compilation of 14 country reports, which can be downloaded both in English and/or in local language.

By providing a comprehensive overview of national forest reports structured according to C&I for SFM, the library facilitates information exchange and sharing on good practices and lessons learnt in the different countries. According to the CI-SFM report, many other countries stated that a national/sub-national report structured according to the pan-European C&I set (or the national/sub-national set derived from it) is planned for the period between 2012 and 2015.

Policy documents and reports

Since the Rio Summit in 1992, various international processes and initiatives emerged developing criteria and indicators as a common policy instrument to evaluate and report progress towards sustainable forest management. The C&I Library provides an easy access to downloadable policy documents and reports of relevant processes and initiatives, with a particular focus on relevant sources from FOREST EUROPE (formerly known as the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe-MCPFE).

Scientific books, journal and articles

In the past two decades, scientific research has been concentrated on studying the complexity and dynamics of indicator development and implementation in various fields (e.g. biodiversity, ecology, sustainable forest management or sustainable development).

Here the C&I Library displays references to relevant peer-reviewed academic articles, journals and books that provide a background for understanding the indicator world, inside and outside the forest sector. Due to the limited public access of most of the literature, the library only displays the associated references, sorted out according to the year of publication.

CI-SFM project documents

In this section the CI-SFM project related documents can be downloaded, including the project’s working definition, various leaflets and posters. For the CI-SFM report, please visit the ‘Report’ page.