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UNECE Forestry and Timber


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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 7, 2013

European Forest Week in Finland

“EXPERIENCES AND FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT IN EUROPE” at the European Forest Week, Rovaniemi, Finland, 12 December 2013.




What is the history of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in Europe? How has SFM been implemented in Europe? How to arise more interest on SFM? These are the questions to be addressed during the side event jointly organized by FOREST EUROPE, EFI and METLA in the frame of the European Forest Week.

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) was defined by FOREST EUROPE 20 years ago and is nowadays a broadly accepted concept in the forest sector. As it will be exposed during this side event, great progress has been made since its definition, and different tools have been developed in order to put this concept into practice.

One of these tools is the pan-European set of Criteria and Indicators (C&I), which has been proved a useful basis for regional and national policy formulation, analysis, monitoring and reporting on SFM. This C&I set has been, however, used in a different extent in the pan-European region. The project on Implementing criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management in Europe (CI-SFM), coordinated and conducted by the European Forest Institute (EFI), in close cooperation with FOREST EUROPE, UNECE/FAO, METLA and relevant experts, has provided first time comprehensive information on the implementation of C&I in the pan-European region. Its outcomes, which will be presented during the side event, provide, thus, a useful framework for further discussion on their future use.

In order to illustrate a practical case about the implementation of SFM, Finland, where C&I for SFM have been used to assess, to monitor and to communicate the development of SFM for almost 20 years, will present its long experience on this realm.

Still, communication on SFM remains one of the pending issues to make more effective its implementation. Knowing this, discussions will be held on how this can be changed, in order to raise awareness within the forest sector and among other sectors and society of the importance of SFM. Both FOREST EUROPE and METLA will present during the side event the work these organizations have been carrying out with these aim.

Fruitful discussions and inputs from the audience on all these topics are expected to enrich the side event and its outputs.