FOREST EUROPE (also Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe) is a Pan-European voluntary high-level forest policy process. Since 1990, the aim has been to develop common strategies for the 46 signatories (45 European countries and the EU) on how to protect and sustainably manage forests.
The FOREST EUROPE Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) definition and set of criteria and indicators are internationally regarded as guidelines for SFM.
Every four to five years, Ministers responsible for forests meet to endorse new declarations, decisions and resolutions. These commitments serve as a framework for implementing SFM, adapted to the national circumstances, but with a regional approach to strengthen international cooperation. The last Ministerial Conference was hold virtually due to the pandemic and chaired by the Slovak Republic. The International Secretariat, also Liaison Unit, is since 2020 in Bonn, Germany.