MCPFE Delegates to Discuss Draft European Guidelines for Afforestation and Reforestation

August 2008: The revised draft of the Pan-European

Guidelines for Afforestation and Reforestation in the context of the UNFCCC

will be considered by the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests

in Europe (MCPFE)/Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy

(PEBLDS) drafting meeting, which will convene from 16-17 September 2008, in

Malahide, Ireland.

The signatory countries to the MCPFE have committed to contribute

to the implementation of the UNFCCC, inter alia, by enhancing carbon

sequestration of forests, while also maintaining that afforestation and

reforestation take due regard of environmental, in particular biodiversity,

economic and social values, with a view to mitigating potential negative

effects of large scale afforestations. The draft Pan-European Guidelines were

prepared to address these commitments. The latest version seeks to accommodate

the latest commitments from the Ministerial Conference in Warsaw (2007) as well

as from relevant developments on other international fora, in particular CBD

COP 9 and the UNFCCC. [MCPFE meeting