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The UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) work together to strengthen the forest sector and its contribution to sustainable development in Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus and North America through their integrated programme of work. UNECE and FAO jointly provide the secretariat team to support the implementation of the programme, through the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section, located in Geneva.

The Joint UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management (JWPFSEM) is a subsidiary body of COFFI and EFC and contributes to the implementation of the integrated programme of work of those two bodies. The JWPFSEM meets annually and provides guidance on the implementation of the Integrated Programme of Work and identifies priorities for action, It also supervises the work of the Teams of Specialists. To see the mandate of the WPFSEM, please click on the relevant language (English/French/Russian). To know more about the Teams of Specialists, please click here.

The EFC Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds (WPMMW) works in the fields of sustainable mountain development, watershed management and forest hydrology. To know more about it, click here.

The joint bureaux (Joint meeting of the bureau of COFFI and the Executive Committee of EFC) are supporting the implementation of the UNECE/FAO programme of work. They meet jointly once or twice annually to give strategic consideration and guidance to the Secretariat on particular issues of the work programme, often in conjunction with the sessions of COFFI and EFC. For a list of members, please click here.


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