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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).


Jan 23, 2014

Three European national forest certification systems re-endorsed by PEFC in 2013

The national forest certification systems of Belgium, Denmark and United Kingdom successfully reached re-endorsement by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) in 2013.

These forest certification systems were first endorsed by PEFC in 2002 and this is the second time that they have been re-endorsed.  This means that they continue to meet PEFC international requirements.

All together, the three systems cover more than 1,800,000 hectares of sustainably managed forest.

The PEFC international global forest certification system limits endorsements of national systems to a five year period.  The national-level certification standards must be revised before the country's forest certification system can re-apply for endorsement.  The aim of this rule is to ensure that the latest scientific research and practical field experience, as well as society's changing values and expectations of sustainable forest management, are implemented at the national, regional and local levels.

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