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    19Apr

    State of Mediterranean Forests 2013

    • 2015 | 09:06 PM
    • FAO

    Forest ecosystems and other wooded lands are an important component of landscapes in the Mediterranean region, contributing significantly to rural development, poverty alleviation and food security. They are sources of wood, cork, energy, food and incomes, and they provide important ecosystem services such as biodiversity conservation, soil and water protection, recreation and carbon storage.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    MEDITERRANEAN FOREST WEEK IV MFW

    • 2015 | 09:03 PM
    • Barcelona

    Forests and other woodlands are an integral part of Mediterranean landscapes. They are a source of energy, water, food, tourism and many other goods and services as well as other sources of income. The value chains of several goods and services provided by these ecosystems play a key role in improving the quality of life of people in the Mediterranean region.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    State of Europe's Forests 2011

    • 2015 | 08:35 PM
    • EU

    Forests provide a multitude of benefits. Sustainably managed forests will give environmental benefits, provide sustainable economic development and improve the quality of life of people across the world. Forests are considered an essential part of the solution to many global challenges. In recent years, the capability of forests to mitigate climate change, provide renewable products and energy, and contribute to developing a greener economy has received increasing attention. But at the same time, these benefits are threatened by global warming and extreme weather events.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    Green Economy and Social Aspects of Sustainable Forest Management

    • 2015 | 08:32 PM
    • Santander (Spain)

    The potential of forests to play a key role in the transition to a green economy and foster green jobs is remarkable, and so is the need to place greater emphasis on the social aspects of forests and the forest sector. The importance of continuing to work on these two questions was underlined by the ministers in the Oslo Ministerial Conference in 2011. They stressed the need to adapt to the changing needs and priorities of society, strengthening the social dimension of forest management and boosting the creation of green jobs linked to forests.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    Governance and Forest Law Enforcement

    • 2015 | 08:29 PM
    • Budapest, Hungary

    Illegal logging is a problem of major international concern and how to create durable governance capable of addressing ongoing environmental, social and economic challenges is one of the crucial questions of our times. FOREST EUROPE considers illegal logging a relevant matter to tackle and seeks measures to overcome this problem. In the Oslo Ministerial Conference in June 2011, the Ministers stated in the Oslo Ministerial Decision, European Forests 2020, paragraph 24 c their will to strengthening efforts against illegal logging and related trade. Therefore the Expert Level Meeting decided to include the organization of a workshop on governance and forest law enforcement in 2012 when approving the FOREST EUROPE Work Programme in February 2012.[Read More]

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    19Apr

    Conference Proceedings FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe Oslo 2011

    • 2015 | 08:27 PM
    • Oslo, Norway

    Through the FOREST EUROPE process (The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe), European countries have fostered protection and sustainable management of Europe’s forests for over twenty years. The continuous cooperation of the 47 signatories, including the Russian Federation and the European Union, has led to achievements such as the guidelines and criteria for sustainable forest management. The collaboration of the ministers responsible for forests in Europe has been of great economic, environmental and social importance on both national and international levels since the very beginning of the FOREST EUROPE process.[Read More]

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    19Apr

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

    • 2015 | 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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    19Apr

    IMPLEMENTATION OF MCPFE COMMITMENTS

    • 2015 | 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

    COMBATING ILLEGAL HARVESTING AND RELATED TRADE OF FOREST PRODUCTS IN EUROPE

    • 2015 | 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

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

    • 2015 | 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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