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Forestry and Timber


Timeline of the Forestry and Timber Section

The shared United Nations vision is of a wold 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.

This is done 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.

In Focus

Forests and Fashion at the HLPF 2018

Find out more about the forest and fashion activities at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will take place from 9 to 18 July 2018 in the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Watch the movie "Made in Forests" where UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh tells a short story on sustainable fashion.

[Press Release on the launch of the movie] [Press Release on UN Alliance on Fashion]

2.5 million ha committed to the Bonn Challenge by the Caucasus and Central Asia

Over 2.5 million ha of forest landscape will be restored by countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia under the Bonn Challenge by 2030. The commitment was made by Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan at the first Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration and the Bonn Challenge in the Caucasus and Central Asia, held on 21-22 June 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan. 

The meeting also adopted the Astana Resolution, committing the region to go beyond 2.5 million ha, and strengthen partnerships and regional cooperation to this end.

[Press Release] [Meeting website]


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

European Forest Week Video ENG;
Polish version

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