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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).


May 21, 2014

The Council of the EU refers to the Oslo Ministerial Decision on European Forests 2020 in its conclusions on the EU Forest Strategy

On 19 May, the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on the new European Union Forest Strategy, which was published by the European Commission in September 2013.

In their conclusions, ministers responsible for forests in the European Union (EU) endorse the EU Forest Strategy and underline the crucial role of forests and the forest sector in setting the path towards a bio-based or, so called, green economy.  They also highlight the contribution of forests and the forest sector to rural development in the EU, as well as the key role of forests for biodiversity conservation, provision of ecosystem services, and mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

The new EU Forest Strategy is expected to improve coordination and coherence of forest-related policies, as well as enable synergies with other sectors influencing forest management in the EU.

The Council's conclusions refer to the commitment of the European Union and its Member States to implement sustainable forest management (SFM) respecting the Declarations and Resolutions adopted within the FOREST EUROPE process.  In this respect, special reference is made to the shared vision on European forests set out in the Oslo Ministerial Decision on European Forests 2020, since it is fundamental for understanding the current policy framework for forests in Europe.

Furthermore, they recall the existing SFM criteria and indicators developed by FOREST EUROPE, and stress the need to take full advantage of them, applying them to different policy contexts.

As is stated in the Council's conclusions, the EU's positions relating to forests in regional and global fora will have to be coherent with the EU Forest Strategy.  The importance of the implementation of this strategy is also emphasized.

Read the complete press release from the Council of the European Union on this issue at: