What is Forest Europe?
FOREST EUROPE (The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe) is the pan-European political process for the sustainable management of the continent’s forests. FOREST EUROPE develops common strategies for its 46 member countries and the European Union on how to protect and sustainably manage 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.
In order to improve and create dynamic forest policies, FOREST EUROPE has stepped up efforts to:
- consolidate tools for sustainable forest management and improve monitoring and reporting,
- strength efforts against illegal logging,
- develop a common approach of valuation of forests ecosystem services with the aim of raising awareness of its contributions to society wellness,
- emphasize the social aspects of forestry and the role of forests in the transition to a green economy.
The FOREST EUROPE signatory countries and observers participate in the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) created to develop a legally binding agreement on forests in the pan-European region as mandated by the ministers at the Oslo Ministerial Conference.
FOREST EUROPE is involved with other global and regional processes and initiatives dealing with issues of highest political and social relevance related to forests.
Spain currently holds FOREST EUROPE co-chairmanship, jointly with Slovak Republic, and hosts the Liaison Unit Madrid.