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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.

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 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