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Policy Dialogue and Advice


This work area involves the organization of regional and national policy dialogues and specific studies on request from member States and organizations. The subjects address issues mentioned in the scope of the Warsaw Integrated Programme of Work. This work contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and forest related SDGs, the UN strategic plan for forests 2017-2030 and the UNFF Quadrennial Programme of Work 2017-2020, and to the relevant global (mainly the UNFF and the FAO Committee on Forestry), regional and national forest dialogues. Activities in this work area also contribute to efforts to promote cross-sectoral cooperation.

Key areas of work

In focus

The green economy is creating new job opportunities in the forest sector in a variety of areas, such as recreation, leisure and sports, ecotherapy, urban forestry or pests, fire and disease control.

Until recently, forest jobs were mostly associated with traditional silviculture and timber harvesting activities. However, the potential for the creation of new job opportunities is now enhancing all forest ecosystem functions. Examples of green forest jobs, emerging tasks and functions which can lead to new employment opportunities in the forest are summarized in the recent UNECE/FAO publication “Green Jobs in the Forest Sector” which builds on the work of the UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Green Jobs in the Forest Sector (Joint ILO/UNECE/FAO Expert Network).

The study also identifies “green” skills needed for the careers of the future. New, environmentally-driven competencies will feature the application of new technologies and business management models. New careers will stem from enhanced awareness of environmental and social consequences of economic activities in the forests and the willingness to apply sustainable development values at the workplace. [UNECE news release] [FAO news release]  [meeting website] [more information]