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Jul 28, 2014

The Romanian government, Greenpeace and WWF have started the nomination process for the virgin beech forests of Romania to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The designation process and all the procedures related to it will take approximately two years.

Jul 25, 2014

The benefits of using native species in large scale rehabilitation and restoration projects are highlighted in a new publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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Jan 6, 2014

Active participation of FOREST EUROPE at the Second European Forest Week

The Second European Forest Week (EFW) was celebrated last week (9-13 December 2013) in Rovaniemi, Finland, and with many other events all across Europe.  This year Santa Claus, who lives in Rovaniemi, assumed the role of ambassador of the European Forest Week.

 European Forest Week - Second Event

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FOREST EUROPE, one of the partners which promoted the EFW, took part in the celebrations and carried out different activities with the aim of raising awareness of the work being done by this process to promote sustainable forest management.

The broad range of activities held during the Second European Forest Week contributed to spreading the word about the importance of forests for society.  Metsä2013 (the Joint session of the meeting of the FAO European Forestry Commission and the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry) also took place in Rovaniemi during this week.  It approved the ‘Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy’.  This plan will be an additional tool to be used in our search for, and recognition of, the real value of forests.

FOREST EUROPE participated in Mëtsa2013, briefing the meeting on what it is doing to fulfil its Program of Work.  FOREST EUROPE also took part in two separate events, together with other institutions and organizations.  Fruitful discussions were held during these meetings, the outcomes of which were enriched by the contributions from the audience.

The first of these events, titled ‘Bringing more value to our forests - payments and markets for ecosystem services’ took place on 10 December, and was organized by the Forestry Commission of UK, in collaboration with FOREST EUROPE, UNEP and UNECE/FAO.  Speakers dealt with issues related to the development of new market opportunities which can reward forest owners for the services they provide.  In this event FOREST EUROPE presented its work in order to achieve by 2020 ‘The full value of forest ecosystem services across Europe’ as specified in the European Forests 2020 decision.

‘Experiences and future of Sustainable Forest Management in Europe’ was the title of the second event.  It was held on 12 December and was jointly organized by FOREST EUROPE, the European Forest Institute (EFI) and the Finnish Forest Research Institute (METLA).  The topics addressed during this event were; what is the definition of sustainable forest management (SFM), how the Criteria and Indicators for SFM defined by FOREST EUROPE are being implemented throughout Europe, how they are used in the specific case of Finland, and how more interest in SFM can be stimulated through different communication tools.
 
You can see the photo gallery of FOREST EUROPE’s participation at the Second European Forest Week by clicking on this link.