UNECE Facilitates Discussion of Recent Forest Assessments

21 March 2011: On the occasion of World Forest Day, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) convened experts to review the status of and trends in forests and forest resources in Europe and North America, on 21 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The seminar was titled, "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges."

The event, part of Regional Forest Information Week, aimed to discuss the findings from the Global Forest Resources Assessment 2010 (FRA 2010) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and consider the preliminary findings from the State of Europe's Forest 2011, a report that will be launched in June 2011 at the Ministerial Conference for the Protection of Forests in Europe (Sixth FOREST EUROPE), in Oslo, Norway.

FRA 2010 is the most comprehensive assessment of forests and forestry to date, both in terms of the number of countries and people involved, as well as in scope. It examines the current status and recent trends for about 90 variables covering the extent, condition, uses and values of forests and other wooded land, with the aim of assessing all benefits from forest resources.

The State of Europe's Forests aims to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date description of the situation and the management of European forests as well as the related policies and institutions. [UNECE Press Release] [FRA 2010 Main Report] [Preliminary (regional) findings of the 2011 State of Europe's Forests] [Sixth FOREST EUROPE]