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About Forestry and Timber

We work with countries of our region as well as forest stakeholders—from forest owners, to businesses, to environmental NGOs—to address challenges related to sustainable forest management. We do this through organizing meetings to agree upon action to be taken, gathering of experts on specific challenges, events to raise awareness on specific forest-related issues, and by compiling and analysing data and sharing this knowledge through publications and other communication material.

Capacity Building in the Caucasus and Central Asia

The UNECE/FAO, UN Development Account (UNDA) project “Accountability Systems for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia" (2016 – 2019) aims to strengthen the national capacity of five target countries (Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan) to develop national criteria and indicators and reporting, or accountability systems, for sustainable forest management.

The next national coaching workshop Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management for Kazakhstan will take place 28-30 June 2017 in Astana.

39th Session Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management

Photograph: Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland by Flickr UN Geneva

The Joint Working Party took place from 29-31 March 2017 at the Palais de Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. The main issues considered during the session were:  Reports from the Teams of Specialists; Wood energy - JWEE2015 initial results and update on publication on wood energy; Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System revision (HS 2022); Review of the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire for 2017; there was substantial discussion on the Strategic Review of the Integrated Programme of Work for the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the FAO European Forestry Commission, including an interactive group work with the Teams of Specialists to revise their terms of references and their potential contributions to the next Integrated Programme of Work.

Prior to the working party session three Teams of Specialists meetings, ToS on Sustainable Forest Products, ToS on Forest Products Statistics and ToS on Forest Policy, took place in parallel on 28 March 2017.

All presentations made at the meeting are available.

The 21st Century will be the Century of Wood

Wooden Conference Hall of WIPO. Photograph: Theresa Loeffler UNECE/FAO

The 74th session of the ECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 18 to 20 October 2016. The Committee reviewed and guided activities in data collection, analysis, policy support, capacity building and communication. In addition, the meeting had a focus on commercial aspects of the forest based industries. Half a day was dedicated to market discussions of these industries. Additional themes were forest ownership and green jobs in the region.

The 21st Century will be the century of wood - UNECE Press Release.

Forest Products Annual Market Review 2015-2016

The Forest Products Annual Market Review 2015-2016 provides a comprehensive analysis of markets in the UNECE region and reports on the main market influences outside the UNECE region. It covers the range of products from the forest to the end-user: from roundwood and primary processed products to value-added and housing. Statistics-based chapters analyse the markets for wood raw materials, sawn softwood, sawn hardwood, wood-based panels, paper, paperboard and woodpulp. Other chapters analyse policies, pallets and wood packaging, and markets for wood energy. Underlying the analysis is a comprehensive collection of data. The Review highlights the role of sustainable forest products in international markets and discusses policies concerning forests and forest products and the main drivers and trends. The Review analyses the effects of the current economic situation on forest products markets.

Here is a press release and publication page.

Forests in the ECE Region

The UNECE and FAO study is the contribution of the ECE Region to the Eleventh Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests. Using the best available data, it examines progress of the forest sector in the ECE Region towards the achievement of the four Global Objectives on Forests, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007. On the basis of this assessment as well as the forest sector outlooks and policy commitments by ECE member States, thirteen major challenges for the forest sector in the region are identified and analysed. The study provides policy recommendations for consideration in the discussions by UNFF.

The final report, source data and other related materials can be found here.


UNDA Project on Accountability Systems for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia

СРООН Проект Системы отчетности в интересах устойчивого лесопользования на Кавказе и в Центральной Азии

"The Value of Forests" - Opinion article by Christian Friis Bach, was published on 30.08.2016 in the German newspaper Süddeutsche (click here for an English translation)

The video “More Heat with Less Wood” was launched during the 38th joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management to promote energy efficiency and wood energy.

Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests. This UNECE/FAO study is the contribution of the ECE Region to the Eleventh Session of the United Nations Forum on Forests.

Forest Information Billboard

The Forest Information Billboards provides quarterly information on forest topics and relevant developments in the UNECE region. Access all issues here.




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

Role of Forests in the ECE Region: Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests

Role and Mission of the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section

European Forestry Innovation: towards a Green Economy