Further Development of SFM & Tools
Sustainable forest management in Europe is a holistic approach to balancing environmental, economic, and social and cultural functions of forests. Through the FOREST EUROPE commitments, the concept of Sustainable Forest Management has been defined and continuously developed at the pan-European level, constantly adapting it to new challenges for the effective planning, manage and delivery of forest goods and services.
The first goal to support the new vision for forests in Europe in the Oslo Ministerial Decision: European Forests 2020 is that sustainable management of all European forests ensures multiple forest functions and enhances lasting provision of goods and services.
As part of this progress, in the same decision, paragraph 24 a, the ministers decided on prioritize in FOREST EUROPE work programme the action:
“Further development of sustainable forest management and its tools:
Responding to increasing attention and new scientific knowledge on the multiple roles that forests and sustainable forest management play in tackling global challenges, FOREST EUROPE will step up efforts and further consolidate the pan-European policies and tools for sustainable forest management, taking into account biodiversity and climate change commitments, emerging threats to and pressure on forest resources as well as the role of forest owners.”
This action is an overarching element that encompasses and is interlinked with the other current working actions of FOREST EUROPE. The experts emphasize that to further develop sustainable management ant it tools it will be necessary to:
- Build on and feed into the other actions established by the Oslo Ministerial Decission: Eropean Forests 2020 and the INC for a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe.
- Clarify concepts between Sustainable Forest Management, sustainable use, and sustainable management.
- Address new commitments and current challenges in a proactive and strategic way, in order to attain the full potential of forests and seize emerging opportunities and new knowledge, including on: Biodiversity (CBD), Climate change (UNFCCC), Green economy (new commitments and Rio+20), forests multifunctionality issues, as the increasing demand on wood energy and social issues, and legal and verification topics.
- Build on former FOREST EUROPE work, e.g. the Working Group on “Sustainability Criteria” for Forest Biomass Production, including Bioenergy, as well as other ongoing efforts.
- Be based on experiences in the preparation of the State of Europe’s Forests 2011 report that highlighted four areas of future challenges and opportunities to forest policy, and respond to the possible common data collection with FAOs FRA 2015 for quantitative indicators.