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8th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe in Bratislava

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The 8th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, was planed  in Bratislava (Slovakia) from 28 to 29 October 2020. Due to the corona virus situation, the conference is now scheduled from 14 to 15 April in Bratislava.

 

After Strasbourg (France) 1990, Helsinki (Finland) 1995, Lisbon (Portugal) 1998, Vienna (Austria) 2003, Warsaw (Poland) 2007, Oslo (Norway) 2011 and Madrid (Spain) 2015, the next Ministerial Conference will be organized in Slovakia in Bratislava, 6 years after Madrid.

 

The direct link to the Conference web site is the following one: https://foresteurope.org/event/15528/

 

What is Forest Europe?

FOREST EUROPE is the brand name of the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe. It is the pan-European voluntary high-level political process for intergovernmental dialogue and cooperation on forest policies in Europe. FOREST EUROPE develops common strategies for its 47 signatories (46 European countries and the European Union) on how to protect and sustainably manage their forests.

Since 1990, the collaboration of the ministers responsible for forests in Europe has been setting agenda for policy making at national and European levels by providing  main policy framework for sustainable forest management and balancing its economic, environmental and social pillars. FOREST EUROPE has led to achievements such as the internationally agreed guidelines, criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management.

With the aim of agreeing on how to manage forests in Europe, the FOREST EUROPE process periodically hosts ministerial level conferences where ministerial commitments and resolutions are adopted.

By endorsing the declarations, decisions and resolutions at the FOREST EUROPE platform, the signatories make clear political commitments to protect and sustainably manage their forests.

Commitments endorsed by the ministers serve as a framework for implementing sustainable forest management in the European countries, adapted to their national circumstances and done in a coherent way with the rest of the region, and strengthen international cooperation at the same time.

FOREST EUROPE is involved with other global and regional processes and initiatives dealing with issues of highest political and social relevance related to forests.

Slovakia currently holds FOREST EUROPE co-chairmanship together with Spain. At the 7thFOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference the Slovak Republic took over the chairmanship (held by Spain since the Oslo Ministerial Conference until the Madrid Ministerial Conference). At the beginning of 2016 the Liaison Unit Bratislava started to operate, taking over the work from the Liaison Unit Madrid.

 

UEF will attend this important event, represented by our Vice president Tomasz Markiewicz.

 

This Conference was prepared during a virtual Expert Level Meeting (ELM) from 18 to 19 November. Tomasz Markiewicz represented UEF during this meeting.

You can find attached the annotated agenda of this ELF.

 

You'll find soon you more information  about this important Conference.

 

The UEF Presidency


Related documents:
166_ELM2_2020_Annotated_Agenda.pdf

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