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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 4, 2014

Launch of Global Forest Watch: new online mapping application on world forests

Governments, non-governmental organizations, academics, the private sector, and the general public have now at their disposal a new tool to track forest change: Global Forest Watch (GFW).


GFW is a new, free, online platform for monitoring the world's forests. It combines satellite data on different forest indicators with spatial information on land uses and data from many other sources. It offers relevant information on forest change on a global scale.

Even though forests are expanding in Europe, deforestation and forest degradation are still major threats in many regions of the world. By monitoring changes in forests on this scale the application can contribute to better decision making and management of forests.

This project began in 1997, aiming to establish a forest monitoring network around the world.  The latest version of the platform was launched last week by a partnership of more than 40 organizations, led by the World Resources Institute (WRI). Partners and donors include, among others, Google, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the University of Maryland, and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Partners contribute to this project by providing data, technical capabilities, funding, and expertise.

More information about this platform can be found at its official website: