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Team of Specialists on Green Jobs in the Forest Sector

The Team of Specialists on Green Jobs in the Forest Sector (Joint ILO/UNECE/FAO Experts Network) contributes effectively and efficiently to the achievement of the integrated work programme of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the European Forestry Commission (EFC). It also identifies new priority issues within its scope of work, and draws them to the attention to its parent bodies.

The focus of the Experts Network’s activities is the implementation of sustainable forest management (SFM) in the UNECE region, in particular relating to the sector of green jobs in the forest sector and the social and cultural aspects of SFM on the basis of the broad policy objectives established by the parent bodies. The Experts Network concentrates on a limited range of topics, for instance training, workforce, private forestry, contractors, occupational safety and health, or social dimension of forestry (SFM), i.e. on human resources.

While all countries benefit from international cooperation, the Experts Network recognises the special needs of some countries of the CIS and south east Europe, as identified in the integrated programme of work.

From left: Andreas Bernasconi (Switzerland, deputy leader), Elina Warsta (UNECE-FAO, secretary), Christian Salvignol (France, team leader), Josef Herkendell (Germany, team member) and Diarmuid McAree (Ireland, deputy leader).