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About the Forestry and Timber Section

Timeline of the Forestry and Timber Section

In 2017, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) is celebrating its seventieth anniversary.  In the same year, ECE and FAO celebrate seventy years of cooperation and joint in the service of forestry and people.

The joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section works with countries of the region as well as forest stakeholders—from forest owners, to businesses, to environmental NGOs—to address challenges related to sustainable forest management. 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.

European Forest Week 2017

Under the theme: Forests, our common good, European Forest Week 2017 will highlight the contribution that European forests make to people’s lives. These include providing wood and renewable energy, promoting fresh water supply and protecting the environment.

The city of Warsaw will host the 2017 European Forest Week, which will be held in conjunction with Las2017 (‘las’ means ‘forest’ in Polish), the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee of Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) 9 to 13 October 2017.

Participate in the European Forest Week 2017 and organise an event in your country. Email us at efw@fao.org with details of your European Forest Week event and we will publish it on the website.

[Website] [News Release] [#EuropeanForestWeek] [Video]

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 Georgia and will take place 29 November - 1 December 2017 in Tbilisi.


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

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


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