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Forestry and Timber

Introduction

Timeline of the Forestry and Timber Section

The United Nations vision is of a world in which all types of forests and trees outside forests are sustainably managed, contribute to sustainable development and provide economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits for present and future generations (UNFF, Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030).

The joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section supports developing evidence-based policies for sustainable forest management and communicates about the many products and ecosystem services provided to society while assisting countries of the region to monitor and manage forests.

Key areas of work

In focus

The European Forest Week is back! In its fifth edition, it will focus on 'Forests and the Circular Economy'. From 4 to 8 November 2019, the week will highlight the role that forests play in a circular bioeconomy, including the importance of resource efficiency and a low carbon footprint. 

First celebrated in 2008, the European Forest Week provides a unique opportunity to increase the forest sector's visibility and to influence pan-European and global discussions related to forests. The week is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). This year, the European Forest Week will be celebrated in conjunction with Forêt2019, the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), and the FAO European Forestry COmmission (EFC). 

If you would like to organize a side event during Forêt2019 on the topic of 'Forests and the Circular Economy', contact us here.

Videos

The Three Little Pigs and Climate Change - the benefits of wood as a low-emission construction material; Polish version

Made in Forests - Michelle Yeoh tells a short story on sustainable fashion

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