The Experts Network contributes effectively and efficiently to the achievement of the integrated work programme of the Timber Committee and the European Forestry Commission, notably work area 4: Social and cultural aspects of forestry, as well as to the MCPFE programme of work. It also identifies new priority issues within its scope of work, and draw them to the attention to its parent bodies.
The focus of the Experts Network’s activities is the implementation of sustainable forest management in Europe and North America, in particular relating to social, cultural and environmental aspects, on the basis of the broad policy objectives established by the parent bodies and the MCPFE. It concentrates on a limited range of topics, for instance training, workforce, private forestry, contractors, occupational safety and health, 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 of work.
The Network is directed by a Steering Committee which includes a chairman, two vice-chairmen and the Chief, UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section. Leaders of teams of specialists and organisers of seminars and workshops may also participate. The Chairman of the Network participates in meetings of the Bureaux of the TC and EFC and represents the Network at sessions of the parent bodies. The Network meets regularly. Election of the chairman and the vice-chairmen takes place every two years.