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REGIONAL REALITIES AND CHALLENGES IN SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT: COOPERATIVE APPROACHES AND ACTIVITIES IN EUROPE. MCPFE - Peter Mayer UNECE/FAO - Kit Prins PEBLDS - Ivonne Higuero. UNECE. FAO. Contents of the presentation. Background Forest co-operation in Europe

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REGIONAL REALITIES AND CHALLENGES IN SUSTAINABLE FOREST MANAGEMENT: COOPERATIVE APPROACHES AND ACTIVITIES IN EUROPE

MCPFE - Peter MayerUNECE/FAO - Kit PrinsPEBLDS - Ivonne Higuero

UNECE

FAO


Contents of the presentation

Contents of the presentation

  • Background

  • Forest co-operation in Europe

    • Main actors and activities

    • Collaborative approaches

  • Regional contribution to UNFF

  • Lessons learned


Background

Background

  • Forests cover 47% of land area

  • Forest area increases about 0.1% per year

  • Most forests are semi-natural, large scale natural forests only in Russia

  • One fifth of trees damaged by defoliation

  • More increment than fellings

  • 9 million private forest owners,

  • Public holdings predominate in Eastern European countries


Forest co operation in europe the actors

Forest co-operation in Europe: the actors

  • Ministerial Conference on Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE)

  • UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)/Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

  • Environment for Europe/Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy (PEBLDS)

  • Many other organisations and stakeholders


Ministerial conference on the protection of forests in europe

Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe

  • Regional high level forum to address common challenges and develop ministerial commitments

  • Participatory approach

  • Link to related global and regional processes and initiatives


Fourth ministerial conference vienna april 2003

Fourth Ministerial Conference, Vienna, April 2003

  • Vienna Declaration

  • Resolutions on

    • Cross-sectoral cooperation and nfps

    • Economic viability of SFM

    • Social and cultural dimensions

    • Forest biological diversity

    • Forests and climate change


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UNECE/FAO

  • Partnership between regional (multi-sector) economic commission and global specialised agency

  • Intergovernmental structure: committees, subsidiary bodies, teams of specialists

  • Focus on information, analysis, policy forum, technical cooperation


Unece fao work areas

UNECE/FAO work areas:

  • Markets and statistics

  • Forest resource assessment

  • Sector outlook studies

  • Forest technology, management and training (with ILO)

  • Policy and cross-sectoral issues


Environment for europe peblds

Environment for Europe/PEBLDS

  • Ministerial process “Environment for Europe”

  • Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy: coordinating framework for biodiversity

  • Regional implementation of Convention on Biological Diversity

  • UNEP and Council of Europe provide joint secretariat


Environment for europe peblds1

Environment for Europe/PEBLDS

  • Fifth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference, Kiev, May 2003

  • Adoption of Kiev Biodiversity Resolution by 55 European Ministers and Heads of delegation which includes a target on forest biodiversity

  • Adoption of the Framework for Cooperation between the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe and the EfE/PEBLDS


Collaborative approaches

Collaborative approaches

  • Joint activities in respective work programme of each actor

  • Joint MCPFE/PEBLDS Biodiversity Work Programme and Framework for Co-operation

  • Mutual participation in meetings and close communication between secretariats

  • Joint implementation of actions


Regional contribution to unff and the global dialogue

Regional contribution to UNFF and the global dialogue

  • Regional dimension recognised at WSSD and in other initiatives

  • Role of regional cooperation:

    • Translate/implement global commitments (e.g. IPF/IFF, UNFF, CBD) at regional level

    • Contribute to global commitments by sharing experience


Regional contribution to themes of unff3

Regional contribution to themes of UNFF3

  • Economic aspects of forests

  • Forest health and productivity

  • Maintaining forest cover to meet present and future needs

  • National forest programmes

  • Monitoring, assessment and reporting


Economic aspects

Economic aspects

  • Vienna Resolution 2 “Enhancing economic viability of SFM in Europe”: high level commitments

  • UNECE/FAO, with partners, provides data, monitors markets, identifies long term supply/demand outlook


Forest health and productivity

Forest health and productivity

  • ICP Forest, under ECE Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution, with EU, monitors and analyses (major contribution to UNFF SG note)

  • Continuing policy commitment at MCPFE, in different resolutions

  • Continuing regional work on forest fires and mountain forests


Maintaining forest cover to meet present and future needs

Maintaining forest cover to meet present and future needs

  • European forest sector outlook studies since 1952 have monitored trends and identified policy issues at regional level. EFSOS to be published 2003

  • Conservation of biodiversity through joint work programme between MCPFE and PEBLDS endorsed by both ministers for forests and environment

  • Continuation of work on forest biodiversity through Framework for Co-operation between MCPFE and PEBLDS


National forest programmes

National forest programmes

  • MCPFE Approach to National Forest Programmes in Europe adopted by ministers at the Vienna Conference

  • Importance of cross-sectoral approach recognised by ministers at Vienna Conference: challenge of forest sector to communicate with other relevant sectors in a pro-active way

  • Kiev Biodiversity Resolution target to develop national forest programmes according to the MCPFE Approach


Monitoring assessment and reporting

Monitoring, assessment and reporting

  • MCPFE - Pan-European Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management adopted in 1998

  • Pan-European indicators now improved in the light of experience

  • Used twice as basis for data collection (TBFRA), in close consultation with data providers

  • Regional forest resource, trade and markets data collected and validated regionally, input to global data sets


Lessons learned

Lessons learned

  • Make best use of synergies

  • Stakeholder participation and transparency important

  • Permanent cooperation ensures continuity in forest policy development and implementation

  • International cooperation encourages better internal national coordination


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