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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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Jun 24, 2014

Modest presence of forests in the goals and targets proposed so far for SDGs

The initial, 'zero' draft of goals and targets for sustainable development for the post-2015 development agenda has been discussed during the twelfth session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This latest meeting of the OWG took place in New York, from 16 to 20 June 2014.

In this proposal, goals and targets related to forests appear under the focus area devoted to 'Protect and restore terrestrial ecosystems and halt all biodiversity loss' (Goal 15).

Against other alternatives (such as the setting up of a stand-alone goal for forests, or the full integration of forests into other interdependent goal areas such as, inter alia, food security and nutrition, water, and sustainable livelihoods), the establishment of a comprehensive goal for terrestrial ecosystems and biodiversity may not fully reflect the importance of forests and their role in sustainable development.

Therefore, the future establishment of adequate indicators to monitor properly the achievement of the proposed goals and targets could be a way to make visible the numerous benefits forests provide, and the importance of their conservation and the promotion of sustainable forest management.

For this reason, a proposal for forest-related indicators was debated before the OWG meeting, during the second Expert Workshop on Forests and SDGs that was organized by the Joint ECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section on 16 June 2014 in Geneva. Participants in this meeting (FOREST EUROPE among them) worked on a proposed set of indicators that could be used by participants in the OWG.

A revised version of the zero draft of the goals and targets for SDGs should be ready by 30 June, based on discussions held during the recent OWG meeting. The OWG is expected to conclude its work on 18 July and agree on a set of goals and targets. This set will then be submitted to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly (to be held in September 2014) for consideration and appropriate action.

The zero draft for goals and targets for SDGs can be found at this link:

http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/owg12.html