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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).


Mar 6, 2013

The Rural Coalition of Europe Supports Strong Budget for Rural Development

The Rural Coalition of Europe supports the Commissions’ overall approach on future EU rural development policy, particularly the increased flexibility and thematic approach.
This is in line with the three main objectives of the EU Commission’s proposals on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) post-2013. Viable food production, sustainable management of natural resources, and balanced territorial development will contribute to the EU 2020 goals.

However, the Rural Coalition insists that sufficient funds must be made available to fund the policy and meet these objectives. The policy should help to maintain economically viable and competitive rural areas, preserve cultural landscapes and at the same time enhance the provision of ecosystem services. It must also be easy to apply and we must avoid increasing red tape for farmers, land managers, forest owners, hunters and other rural actors.

The Rural Coalition of Europe promotes and defends the importance of rural areas in the EU as well as the interests and livelihoods of those living and working in Europe’s rural areas. Its activities mainly contribute to strengthen the voice and livelihoods of Europe’s rural population, and aim to improve long-term competitiveness of the European agricultural and forestry sector and other rural activities. At the same time the Coalition works to support several EU policy objectives, particularly those outlined in the Rural Development policy – the 2nd pillar of the CAP, but also in other environmental legislations.

The work of the Coalition is coordinated by its Steering Committee, which is composed of representatives of all six member organizations: COPA-COGECA  (European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives), CEJA ( European Council of Young Farmers), ELO (European Landowners’ Organization), FACE ( The Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the EU), UECBV  (The European Livestock and Meat Trading Union), CEPF (Confederation of European Forest Owners).

Read the Rural Coalition Statement.