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What is Forest Europe?


FOREST EUROPE ( The brand name of the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe) is the pan-European voluntary high-level political process for dialogue and cooperation on forest policies in Europe. FOREST EUROPE develops common strategies for its 47 signatories (46 European countries and the European Union) on how to protect and sustainably manage their forests. Since 1990, the collaboration of the ministers responsible for forests in Europe has had a great economic, environmental and social impact on the national and international level. FOREST EUROPE has led to achievements such as the guidelines, criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management.

 

With the aim of agreeing on how to manage forests in Europe, FOREST EUROPE process periodically hosts ministerial level conferences where ministerial commitments and resolutions are adopted.

 

The political decisions and resolutions made under FOREST EUROPE are voluntary, and by endorsing these commitments countries show their willingness and interest to protect and sustainably manage their forests.

 

Commitments endorsed by the ministers serve as a framework for implementing sustainable forest management in the European countries, adapted to their national circumstances and done in a coherent way with the rest of the region, and strengthen international cooperation at the same time.

 

FOREST EUROPE is involved with other global and regional processes and initiatives dealing with issues of highest political and social relevance related to forests.

 

Slovakia currently holds FOREST EUROPE co-chairmanship together with Spain. At the 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference the Slovak Republic took over the chairmanship (held by Spain since the Oslo Ministerial Conference until the Madrid Ministerial Conference). At the beginning of 2016 the Liaison Unit Bratislava started to operate, taking over the work from the Liaison Unit Madrid.

 

 

 

 

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