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    19Apr

    COOL project more fodder for the oven?

    • 07:52 PM
    • EU

    This policy brief is based on the research project “CO mpeting uses of fOrest Land” (COOL; www.cool-project.uni-freiburg.de) carried out in 2012–2014 within the two ERA -Nets WoodWisdom-Net2 and Bioenergy, with financial support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Finland; the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany; the Research Council of Norway; the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in Slovenia; and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in Spain. Within the COOL project, a comparative analysis of trade-offs and synergies arising from the production and use of energy wood was conducted in Finland, Germany, Norway, Slovenia and Spain. Emphasis was put on the participation of stakeholders and the inclusion of their perspectives by interviews, questionnaires and workshops.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    Enriching Forest Biodiversity FOREST EUROPE is implementing Convention on Biological Diversity provisions

    • 07:55 PM
    • EU

    FOREST EUROPE (The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe), launched in 1990, is the European policy process for the sustainable management of the continent’s forests. FOREST EUROPE develops common strategies for 46 member countries and the European Union on how to protect and sustainably manage forests. The continuous co-operation under FOREST EUROPE has led to a European definition of sustainable forest management, followed by guidelines and criteria and indicators for reporting on goal achievement.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    Europeans and Wood: What do Europeans think about wood and its use?

    • 07:58 PM

    This report has been compiled with the assistance of many individuals and institutions over several years. It would not have been possible without the kind help of all of them, especially of those institutions that allowed information from their surveys to be used in this publication. Most of the studies reviewed in this publication have been collected and analysed by Roland Oberwimmer, on whose collection and study of material this report is mainly based. Support and encouragement were also given by the members of the UN-FAO/ECE Forest Communicators Network, and the members of its sub-group on “Consumer Attitudes”.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    EUROPE’S FORESTS 2007

    • 08:01 PM
    • EU

    Forests cover 44 percent of the land area of Europe. At just over 1 billion ha, or 1.26 ha per capita, 25 percent of the world’s forests are in Europe. About 80 percent of this forest is in the Russian Federation. Some 80 to 90 percent of forests are available for wood supply in most regions, but only around 40 percent in East Europe. Europe’s forest area continues to increase. The area of forest in Europe has increased by almost 13 million ha (an area roughly the size of Greece) in the past 15 years mainly due to planting of new forests and natural expansion of forests onto former agricultural land.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    Assessment of Forest Fire Risks and Innovative Strategies for Fire Prevention

    • 08:07 PM
    • EU

    Forests are vital for sustainable development and human wellbeing in Europe and globally. Sustainable forest management is of fundamental importance for combating desertification, for protection against natural hazards such as soil erosion and floods and for ensuring regular supplies of good quality fresh water. In addition, forests that are managed sustainably continue to provide a range of important goods and services.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    Implementation of the FOREST EUROPE Commitments

    • 08:11 PM
    • EU

    FOREST EUROPE has developed pan-European policies and tools for sustainable forest management since the first Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe in Strasbourg, France, in 1990. This publication presents national and pan-European implementation of FOREST EUROPE commitments to the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, Oslo, Norway, 14–16 June 2011, focusing on activities since the Ministerial Conference in Warsaw, Poland, November 2007. Reporting on implementation is important to evaluate progress made in putting political decisions into action, to facilitate exchange of experience across countries and to serve further policy development.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    Sustainable Forest Management and Influences on Water Resources – Coordinating Policies on Forests and Water

    • 08:14 PM
    • Antalya, Turkey

    Water is a vital element of all natural resources and essential to life. But availability and quality of fresh water in many regions of the world is increasingly endangered by overuse, misuse and pollution. Due to the growing imbalance between water supply and demand in the world, there is an increasing need for ensuring adequate water quality and quantity also in Europe. Forests have a close relationship to our water resources. Sustainable forest management is of vital importance for supply of good-quality fresh water, protection against natural hazards like floods or soil erosion, and for combating desertification.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    COMBATING ILLEGAL HARVESTING AND RELATED TRADE OF FOREST PRODUCTS IN EUROPE

    • 08:17 PM
    • Madrid, Spain

    The issue of illegal logging and related trade has been already seriously tackled by several European countries through implementing innovative and effective tools to overcome this problem. According to the national experiences the policy tools, such as public procurement policies and development of public-private partnership play a signifi cant role in excluding illegal timber products from supply chain. The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe identifi es illegal harvesting as an important issue and seeks measures to overcome this problem. In Vienna (2003), at the 4th Ministerial Conference, the signatory states and the European Community committed themselves to take effective measures to promote good governance and forest law enforcement, and to combat illegal harvesting of forest products and related trade (Vienna Declaration).[Read More]

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    19Apr

    IMPLEMENTATION OF MCPFE COMMITMENTS

    • 08:19 PM
    • Warsaw, Poland

    The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE) is a high-level political initiative towards the protection and sustainable management of forests throughout Europe. It involves 46 European countries plus the European Community, and cooperates with a range of countries around the world and international organisations as observers. Seventeen years of collaboration at the MCPFE forum has resulted in the adoption of a wide range of high-level policy commitments on forests embraced in four Ministerial Declarations and seventeen Resolutions.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe - Preserving the Roots of our Future

    • 08:22 PM
    • EU

    FOREST EUROPE is the pan-European policy process for sustainable management of the continent’s forests. It develops common strategies to meet challenges like climate change, protection of biodiversity and freshwater in Europe and globally.[Read More]

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