The UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section

In 2017, UNECE and FAO celebrate seventy years of cooperation and joint work in the region. The UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the FAO European Forestry Commission were both initiated with the aforementioned task of mobilizing wood for Europe’s reconstruction and to assist in correcting centuries of misuse of forestlands in 1947. From this simple and purposeful aim, the joint work has evolved into the sustainable management of forests and ensuring the provision of many other goods and services provided by forests.

The joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section supports the activities on forests in the UNECE region, provides the Secretariat to the UNECE Committee on Forests and Forest Industry and the FAO European Forestry Commission, and works to implement the UNECE/FAO Integrated Programme of Work (IPoW).

In line with the continued efforts of the UN System to enhance coherence and “Deliver as One” the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) formalized their seventy-year old partnership in an agreement to support the implementation of the UNECE/FAO integrated programme of work for forestry and timber. This was done in order to ensure the most effective, coordinated and long-term response to emerging developments in the pan-European region such as, sustainable forest management, climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable forest use.

The IPoW encompasses sustainable forest management as well as the sound and legal use of forest products, for raw material and energy, and forest services. To achieve this, the IPoW aims to assist member countries by: providing the best available information; facilitating policy dialogues and communication; and building capacity.

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