The objective of the UNECE/FAO Timber and Forestry programme is to strengthen the forest sector and its contribution to sustainable development throughout the UNECE region. This integrated programme has five work areas, including one on Social and Cultural Issues.
The UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section addresses issues connected with the social and cultural "pillar" of sustainable forest management, mostly through facilitating networking and cooperation, sharing information on best practice and helping the networks to communicate to the policy level. It comprises work in the areas of health and safety, contracting and training of forest workers, as well as monitoring trends as regards gender and forestry. Most of the work is conducted through the Joint ECE/FAO/ILO Expert Network to Implement Sustainable Forest Management.
Work area 4 comprises the following programme elements:
- Implementing sustainable forest management through promoting occupational safety and health
- Implementing sustainable forest management through promoting best practice in forestry and education and training
- Monitoring trends as regards gender and forestry
- Implementing sustainable forest management through promoting best practice for forest contractors.