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Madrid 2015

Madrid hosted two FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences in October 2015: the 7th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, and the Extraordinary Ministerial Conference that received the results of the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe. These two conferences were held back to back.


The 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, which was held on 20-21 October 2015, followed the Ministerial Conference held in Oslo in 2011, and is part of the regular mechanism of the FOREST EUROPE process, in which ministerial conferences are organized on a periodic basis.


In contrast to this, the FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference, which took place in the afternoon of 21 October 2015, is considered a singular meeting. It was conceived in 2011 in the Oslo Ministerial Mandate for Negotiating a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe with the specific aim of receiving and considering the results of these negotiations. It is convened in addition to the main, regular ‘ordinary’ conference of the FOREST EUROPE process. For reasons of time and resources efficiency, this Extraordinary Conference was held immediately after the 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference.



More information about the Madrid Ministerial Conferences is available clicking in their names:

7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference

FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference


Furthermore, more information on the 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference and FOREST EUROPE Extraordinary Ministerial Conference can be found at the website:


IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB+ Meeting Coverage, provided a summary report from the 7th and the Extraordinary FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences held in Madrid. The report is available in HTML or PDF format at the following link:


A non-exhaustive list of the pan-European activities achieved for the implementation of the ministerial commitments in the period between Oslo and Madrid Ministerial Conference is presented below.