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Workshop: Green Forest Jobs - Exploring opportunities and increasing the capacity of UNECE member States

17 - 18 September 2018

Geneva, Palais des Nations (Room XI)

This Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section expert workshop explored how the forest sector can adapt to the emerging employment trends and seize opportunities for the creation of new green forest jobs in the UNECE region.

The workshop identified forest related activities with the highest potential for the creation of green jobs and discussed job opportunities in two specific areas:

1) Health, well-being and forest recreation and

2) Forest ecosystem management.

The workshop also discussed the first draft of the Guidelines for Green Forest Jobs, which are being developed by the Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section, under the guidance of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Green Jobs in the Forest Sector (Joint ILO/UNECE/FAO Expert Network). The Guidelines will be presented for consideration to the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and Forest Industry and the FAO European Forestry Commission, in November 2019.  

The workshop built on the work of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Green Jobs and will contribute to the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy, in particular Pillar C – Decent Green Jobs in the Forest Sector.

The workshop is organised in the framework of the UNECE project “Improving the capacity of the UNECE member States to create green jobs in the forest sector”, funded by the Swiss Confederation.   

To see the concept note and the meeting programme please click here.


Mr. Waltteri KatajamäkiGreen jobs – International Labour Organisation perspectivePDF
Ms. Kathryn FernholzTrends in Green Forest JobsPDF
Mr. Andreas BernasconiGreen forest jobs – Addressing challenges related to the forest sector employmentPDF
Mr. Josef HerkendellIntroduction to session on health, well-being and forest recreationPDF
Ms. Franziska KrainerCase study: Health care in the forestPDF
Ms. Shirley GleesonCase study: Nature, Health & Wellbeing IrelandPDF
Mr. Diarmuid McAreeIntroduction to session on optimal forest ecosytem functioningPDF
Mr. Georg WinkelCase study: Management of forest ecosystem services and green forest jobsPDF
Mr. Jason MetnickCase Study: Project Learning Tree Canada places 1,000 youth in Green Jobs using Sustainable Forestry Initiative's broad networkPDF
Mr. Peter PoschenIntroduction to the Guidelines for Green Forest JobsPDF



Alicja Kacprzak

Forestry Officer