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Forestry and Timber


Timeline of the Forestry and Timber Section

The United Nations vision is of a world in which all types of forests and trees outside forests are sustainably managed, contribute to sustainable development and provide economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits for present and future generations (UNFF, Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030).

The joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section supports developing evidence-based policies for sustainable forest management and communicates about the many products and ecosystem services provided to society while assisting countries of the region to monitor and manage forests.

Key areas of work

In focus

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Innovative and sustainably produced wood products, when coupled with sustainable forest management, can ‘build the future’ and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This is the key message of the Vancouver Invitation on Forest Products for a Better Future, a bold and forward-looking statement of intent to harness the environmental, economic and social benefits of sustainable forest management. It was developed with Canada and with input from UNECE countries, and already garnered support by more than 200 government officials, representatives from the wood products and construction sectors and civil society actors from around 50 countries, who gathered in Vancouver, Canada, for the 76th Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI). It is now open for anyone to sign and support. 

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The Three Little Pigs and Climate Change - the benefits of wood as a low-emission construction material

Made in Forests - Michelle Yeoh tells a short story on sustainable fashion

Wood Energy Efficiency: More Heat with Less Wood ENG/RUS; Albanian version; Georgian version;
Turkish version