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From the Antalya Province to the Arctic Circle - Are foresters following Santa Claus? According to legend, Bishop Nicholas was born in the city of Patara in Asia Minor in 270, and lived in Myra, a town today called Demre in the Antalya Province of Turkey. This fourth-century bishop had a reputation for secret gift-giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of persons who left them out for him. It was this Nicholas who inspired the modern idea of Santa Claus. In this same region, Antalya, in 2011, the Turkish Government hosted a major meeting of the UNECE Timber Committee and FAO European Forestry Commission "Orman 2011". And from 9 to 13 December this year, the next joint session of the Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the European Forestry Commission (also named ‘Metsä2013’, metsä meaning forest in Finnish) will be hosted by the Government of Finland, in the town of Rovaniemi, currently considered to be the official hometown of Santa Claus (read more)


Rovaniemi- the Official City of the Second European Forest Week -2013 - The city of Rovaniemi, Finland, was declared the official city of the 2013 European Forest Week (EFW) by the 15 partners who launched the concept earlier this year. In the lead up to the EFW, a press conference will take place in Rovaniemi on 4 November 2013. The event will be opened by the Mayor of Rovaniemi, Mr. Esko Lotvonen, and the UNECE/FAO representatives Paola Deda and Dominique Reeb. If foresters around Europe are being good, may be Santa Claus will also attend the event (read more


Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) and Collaborative Forest Resources Questionnaire (CFRQ) Workshop – Geneva,                  16 - 18 October 2013 (know more

Workshop on Impact of Climate Change on Forest Work – Geneva, 11 - 12 November 2013 (know more)

Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management - Geneva, 27-29 November 2013 (know more)

Metsä2013 - Joint Session of the FAO European Forestry Commission and the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry - Rovaniemi, Finland, 9 - 13 December 2013 (know more)

European Forest Week - Rovaniemi, Finland and across Europe, 9 - 13 December 2013 (know more)


Creating a greener economy in Central Asia and the Caucasus with sustainable forests - UNECE and FAO are now launching a project for sustainable forest management, in Central Asia and the Caucasus. The aim is to: strengthen forest sector policies and institutions; develop and implement action plans for enhancing the contribution of forestry to a greener economy in selected countries; promote sustainable forest products, including for bioenergy; and improve data collection on forests and forest products (read more)


UNECE/FAO Forest Products Annual Market Review 2012-2013 – Available soon. Be informed by checking our website regularly (click here)

UNEP & UNECE/FAO publication on payments for ecosystem services – to be launched at a side event in Rovaniemi. To see the list of side events click here


Secretary-General visits the UNECE/FAO Booth on Innovative Wood Products -  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the UNECE and FAO Joint Section booth on 1 July, in Geneva, as he toured the Innovation Fair organized during the ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review to emphasize the importance of innovation for development. The UNECE/FAO booth showcased its activities promoting innovation. This included the 2011-2012 Forest Products Annual Market Review, which includes policy advice on how to boost innovation for wood based products (read more)


Innovation essential to realize the potential of wood - Visible and invisible products from forests take centre stage at Geneva seminar - It’s nothing less than astounding to see the many ways that wood is being used today. Who would imagine that wood products are used in things like beauty products, gels for back pain, hip replacement material, and spacecraft? Bioproducts and biochemicals produced from wood are the most promising wood-based products of the future, experts claim (read more)


The (hi)story about Europeans and their forests - On 21 March 2013, the very first International Day of Forests was celebrated in Geneva. The event stressed the importance of sustainable forest management to maintain a healthy environment and healthy societies. Below is a short story of how sustainable forest management changed the destiny of European forests, and how it will help to address challenges in the future. Scientific and historical accounts are used to piece together an indicative chronology of the relationship between forests and people in Europe (read more)


The future of paper - When considering the future of paper, the most commonly heard opinion is usually pessimistic, as it tends to just regard paper as the medium to convey printed information, like in books, magazines and newspapers. It is true that this segment – let’s call it “graphic paper” – is in trouble (read more)


Special Session of the UECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) with the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) - Geneva; 17 and 18 June 2013 (know more)

UNECE/FAO workshop on “Forest products and technologies for the future” - St. Petersburg; 22- 23 May 2013 (know more

Annual meeting of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Communication (Forest Communicators Network) - Tallinn, 21-23 May 2013 (know more)

Thirty-fifth Session of the Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management - Geneva; 23-25 April 2013 (know more

UNECE/FAO/InnovaWood Seminar on Innovation in the Forest-Based Sector - Geneva, 22 April 2013 (know more)


Timber Committee renamed “Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry” (read more)

Results for the 2011 round of the UNECE/FAO Joint Wood Energy Enquiry were presented at the workshop “Forest products and technologies for the future” (St. Petersburg 22-23 May 2013) and are now available online (click here)


Meet our new  staff members (click here)

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