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Forests in the ECE Region

Trends and Challenges in Achieving the Global Objectives on Forests

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This study is the contribution of the ECE Region to the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests. Using the best available data, it examines progress of the forest sector in the ECE Region towards the achievement of the four Global Objectives on Forests, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2007. On the basis of this assessment as well as the forest sector outlooks and policy commitments by ECE member countries, thirteen major challenges for the forest sector in the region are identified and analysed. The study provides policy recommendations for consideration in the discussions by UNFF.

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In 2007, the General Assembly adopted the Non-Legally Binding Instrument on All Types of Forests (Forest Instrument), which includes four global objectives on forests that member States committed themselves to achieve. This study is the contribution of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC) to the eleventh session of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), which will assess progress towards the global objectives as a part of the process of revieving the International Arrangement on Forests. It has been prepared by the secretariat, using the best available international data. Countries have been consulted as regards the data; the study itself was discussed in draft form at a workshop organized by the joint UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Monitoring Sustainable Forest Management (21-22 October 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland) and at the 72nd session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI) held in Kazan, Russian Federation (18-21 November 2014). The final draft was circulated to countries for comment in December 2014 and those comments have been taken into account when preparing the final version.

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