Event info

9th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference

Shaping our future with resilient forests

Every four to five years, the ministers responsible for forests come together to support new agreements, decisions, and resolutions.

Throughout this conference, observer organizations and countries take an active role, contributing their perspectives, which are considered in shaping the ministerial commitments.

These commitments provide a framework for implementing Sustainable Forest Management, tailored to the specific needs of individual countries while promoting international cooperation at both national and regional levels to address national and global challenges.

The FOREST EUROPE Secretariat, also known as the Liaison Unit, steers the process, leads the development of ministerial commitments, and ensures that signatories and observers have the opportunity to express their willingness and national and regional experiences during this event. Since the beginning of the German presidency in 2021, it has been based in Bonn.

What have we achieved in the last 4 years?

The German chairmanship started in 2021 with the goal of fulfilling its work program in line with the previous presidencies over the last 30 years. It focuses on three main areas:

  • Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) concentrates on FOREST EUROPE’s core business. It aims to strengthen further the concept of SFM in politics and practice, reaching a broader audience. Part of this effort involves developing the State of Europe’s Forests report, which will provide valuable insights into the condition of European forests. A preliminary glimpse of this report is published in the “Short Stories of European Forests” (this publication will follow closer to the conference).
  • The Pan-European Forest Risk Facility emphasizes the need to intensify transboundary cooperation in managing forest disturbance risks. It is built upon the newly established format outlined in the adopted Term of Reference. It will support FOREST EUROPE signatories and observers to adapt pan-European forests and enhance their resilience.
  • Green Job and Forest Education increases a better understanding of the Green Job landscape within the forest sector. It seeks to promote cooperation and streamline forest education and training to better align with the needs of the sector.

Additionally, two overarching activities are below.

  • The Rapid Response mechanism allows for regular meetings where signatories, observers, and stakeholders can openly share experiences and positions and discuss current forest policy topics during High-Level Policy Dialogues. It enables the FOREST EUROPE process to promptly address emerging issues of high relevance for signatories and observers, reacting on short notice, and taking into consideration agreed ministerial resolutions, and declaration. See the initiative to support Ukraine’s forest sector.
  • FOREST EUROPE’s communication strategy in the past four years focused on targeting specific audiences through innovative techniques. Alongside numerous social media campaigns, we’ve produced a podcast series exploring key issues like how Sustainable Forest Management can ensure the multifunctionality of our forests, strategies to protect our forests from pests, and the crucial role of biodiversity in forest management. Our goal is to increase awareness, deepen the understanding, and foster dialogue within the forest community and interested public. Recent news! We’re developing a digital comic to explain SFM to younger generations and put a spotlight on Green Forest Jobs. The comic will be released on our website before the ministerial conference, so stay tuned.

What did we do in the past Ministerial Conferences?

FOREST EUROPE has a significant history, starting in December 1990 in Strasburg. It includes 44 pan-European countries and the European Commission. Every four to five years, one of the member countries assumes the presidency, with a total of eight having done so before Germany. Additionally, there are 48 observer organizations and 15 observer countries involved in the process. The country in charge develops a work program based on the joint needs and exchanges established within the process to tackle current forest policy challenges and develop common strategies to strengthen sustainable management and protection of our forests.

List of invited participants

Observer countries and organizations

Foresters' Association for a Green Turkey
Foresters' Association for a Green Turkey

In cooperation with

logo Federal Ministry of food and Agriculture

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