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List of Press Releases - 2014-13

North America developments to help the Russian forest sector (20 November 2014)

The North American forest sector experienced a steep decline in the wake of the 2008 global economic crisis, due to the associated downturn in the housing market. Most single-family homes in North America are built with wood, and this downturn had devastating effects on the domestic forest-based ...
Forest Products Markets in the UNECE region still recovering from the 2008 crisis (18 November 2014)

Despite improving conditions in the five years since the economic crisis hit bottom in 2009, production output for the major forest products in the UNECE Region (Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and North America) are still 10-15% below the average annual output for the four ...
Sustainable management increases Forests' carbon sequestration function in the UNECE region (18 November 2014)

The UNECE region hosts an incredibly vast forested area: 1.89 billion hectares—twice the size of China or roughly four times the size of the whole European Union. This vast body of forests plays a very important role in climate change mitigation trough carbon sequestration. In addition, it ...
Forests in the UNECE region are expanding, but urbanization remains a major threat (21 October 2014)

The UNECE region as a whole has 1.89 billion ha of forest land, 41.4% of the global total, as compared to 34.8% of global land area and 18.3% of the population.  The region’s share of the world’s forests is one percentage point more than ten years ago because UNECE region forests have ...
The Green Economy: a real goal or just an excuse to promote forests? (17 September 2014)

Forests are ' natural' suppliers to a green economy. The sustainability of wood as a material is proven; the ecological functions and ecosystem services that they provide are undeniable. The challenge for countries is how to enhance this contribution, while strengthening the sustainability of the ...
The Future of Forests –Planted, semi-natural and urban forests to prevail in 300 years (05 June 2014)

On 22 May, to celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity, the Acting Director General of UNOG and Acting Executive Secretary of UNECE, Mr. Michael Møller, buried a bottle containing a message to future generations under a tree, in the garden of the Palais. When the tree dies in 300 years, the ...
Celebrating the International Day of Biodiversity with a forest message in a bottle (22 May 2014)

An old forester tradition is to bury a message for future generations underneath the roots when a tree is planted. The message will lie there for decades—maybe centuries—until a future generation finds it. The message becomes a time capsule for posterity that bears reflections, hopes, and ...
We Are All Forest Dependent People (29 April 2014)

In 1958 Charles David Keeling began collecting carbon dioxide samples that became the basis for the first graph describing the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the Keeling Curve. This is the most known story. The less known story is that the Keeling Curve also shows the universal ...
UNECE/FAO to help Kazakhstan develop an action plan for the forest sector in a green economy (24 April 2014)

The joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section, has been requested by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources of Kazakhstan to assist its Committee of Forestry and Hunting to support the elaboration of its forestry development programme and action plan, with a view to enhance its ...
Forest Matters: from plan to action (24 April 2014)

At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation and with the support of the Russian Federal Forest Agency and the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan will host the 72nd Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), from 18 to 21 ...
Sustainable Forests for Sustainable Fashion at the UN in Geneva (24 March 2014)

Forests for fashion – Fashion for Forests, on 21 March, was an event held to celebrate and advocate the linkages between sustainable fashion and sustainable forest management, and was organized by UNECE/FAO on the occasion of the International Day of Forests. Forests and fashion are related in ...
UNECE and FAO launch “Forests for Fashion-Fashion for Forests” initiative on International Day of Forests (11 March 2014)

Sustainable development is high on the United Nations agenda, but unfortunately, still a low priority in people’s lives, and very often not a principle driving business. Promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns calls not only for political will and commitment, but also for ...
Forests in the UNECE region: UN works as one (10 February 2014)

On 6 February, UNECE confirmed its commitment to its work on forests in partnership with FAO in the region, with the Executive Committee’s decision to approve the UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work on forests for the period 2014-17.  The UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work is a very ...