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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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May 9, 2014

Need for major emphasis on the social dimension of forestry highlighted during the FOREST EUROPE Workshop on Green Economy and Social Aspects of SFM

There is a need to strengthen the social dimension of forest management.  This was one of the main conclusions of the FOREST EUROPE Workshop on Green Economy and Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management, which took place on 29-30 April 2014 in Santander, Spain.

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There was a general consensus among all the participants in the workshop on the need to improve the quality and quantity of the information available on this issue, and on the advantage of having reliable information on subjects like occupational health and safety in the forest sector, working conditions and work quality, job stability, gender equality, labour skills and qualification of the workforce, and forestry education.

This information is necessary, not only to understand the current situation and the evolution of these subjects in the pan-European region, but also for policy decision making at regional and national levels.  It would also facilitate dialogue and communication on the subject. It was felt, therefore, that the improvement of this information should be one of the first steps to be taken to develop this essential pillar of sustainable forest management.

The opportunity and potential for the forest sector to play a key role in the transition to a green economy was also recognised during the workshop. Interesting discussions were held on what the concepts of green economy and green jobs exactly mean and how they apply to the forest sector.

As a result of this debate, a definition for green jobs applied to the forest sector was drafted.  This agreed definition stresses the relationship between these jobs and the management and use of forest ecosystems respecting the principles of Sustainable Forest Management, as well as their link to environmentally friendly production processes based on goods and services from sustainably managed forests. The definition also considers that green jobs must necessarily be "decent" jobs, in terms of guaranteeing quality of work and workers' rights.

More than 40 delegates attended the meeting. Participants included representatives from FOREST EUROPE signatory countries, universities and research institutions, landowners' associations, workers' and entrepreneurs' organizations, and forest certification schemes, among others.

Documents and more information about this workshop can be found at this link:

http://www.foresteurope.org/events/forest-europe-workshop-green-economy-and-social-aspects-sfm