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International Day of Forests 21 March 2018

This year's International Day of Forests had a special focus on Forests and Sustainable Cities; the UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section joined forces with the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management as well as the FAO Liaison Office with the United Nations (Geneva) to organize a panel discussion, showcasing unique ways in which forests "have gone vertical". A range of experts talked about "vertical" solutions to address the lack of space available for plants and trees associated with increasing levels of urbanization. The solutions discussed include vertical forests, vertical farming and vertical high-rise wood constructions. For more details, click here.

About the Forestry and Timber Section

In 2017, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) celebrated its seventieth anniversary.  In the same year, ECE and FAO celebrated 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 regional intermediate workshop Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management in the Caucasus and Central Asia will take place 20-23 February 2018 in Tbilisi.


The 4th European Forest Week was celebrated from 9 to 13 October 2017 all over Europe in conjunction with Las2017, the joint ECE COFFI and FAO EFC session

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

Проект Счета Развития ООН (СРООН) Системы отчетности для Устойчивого Управления Лесами на Кавказе и в Центральной Азии

The video “More Heat with Less Wood” was launched during the 38th joint ECE/FAO Working Party

The shared United Nations vision is of a wold in which all types of forests and trees outside forests are sustainably managed, contribute to sustainable development and provide economic, social, environmental and cultural benefits for present and future generations. (UNFF, strategic plan for forests 2017-2030)


European Forest Week Video ENG;
Polish version

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

European Forestry Innovation: towards a Green Economy