Commission Discusses European Forests and Climate Change

30 April 2010: The 35th Session of the European Forestry Commission (ECE) met from 27-29 April 2010, in Lisbon, Portugal, to discuss European forests' central role in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The conference discussed the role of European forests as carbon sinks, as a major source of renewable energy, and as a provider of ecosystem services such as protection of freshwater resources and reduction of risks from natural disasters. Conference participants further recognized the forest sector's relevance for countries' economic well-being. The Commission decided to engage and intensify the dialogue with water, energy and climate change sectors.

Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), underlined that  forestry can  "provide answers that need to be heard by other international forums, processes and communities, including the biodiversity world, the water sector, and the debates on energy.

The UNECE hosts the ECE/Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). [UNECE Press Release]