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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).


Nov 5, 2013

Final stages of a possible agreement on forests in Europe

European countries signatories to FOREST EUROPE and the European Union (also a signatory to the process) will meet in Geneva on 7th-8th November in the Resumed Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe.

They aim to finish the draft text of an agreement for the protection and sustainable management of forests in Europe.  Non-European countries, environmental and social NGOs, forest owners' associations, the forest industry and intergovernmental organizations will also participate in the negotiations as observers.  The results of the negotiating process will be presented to an extraordinary FOREST EUROPE ministerial conference, which will be held in the first half of 2014 in Madrid, Spain.


After two years of hard work, and previous negotiating meetings held in Vienna (Austria), Bonn (Germany), Antalya (Turkey), Saint Petersburg (Russia) and Warsaw (Poland), agreement is very close to being reached.


Significant progress towards conservation and sustainable forest management has been made during the last decades in Europe.  Nevertheless, new challenges and opportunities are now emerging for European forests, which need to be addressed.  The expected agreement would set the necessary framework for a coherent approach to the continent’s forests and to guarantee the continuity of all forest functions.


The agreement would recognize the importance of the economic, social, cultural and environmental benefits provided by forests. Furthermore, it would strengthen political cooperation between the states of Europe in order to sustainably manage their forests.


Further background information on the negotiating process is available at