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Introduction

The joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section supports the activities on forests in the ECE region, provides the Secretariat to the UNECE Committee on Forests and Forest Industry and the FAO European Forestry Commission, and works to implement the UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work (IPOW).

In line with the continued efforts of the UN System to enhance coherence and “Deliver as One” the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) formalized their sixty-year old partnership in an agreement to support the implementation of the joint ECE/FAO programme of work for forestry and timber. This was done to in order to ensure the most effective, coordinated and long-term response to emerging developments in the pan-European region such as, sustainable forest management, climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.

The IPOW encompasses sustainable forest management as well as the sound and legal use of forest products, for raw material and energy, and forest services. To achieve this, the IPOW aims to assist member countries by: providing the best available information; facilitating policy dialogues and communication; and building capacity.