A Commitment to Sustainable Forest Management in Europe

The intention and commitment to apply the Forest Principles and other decisions of the UNCED at regional and national levels led to the Second Ministerial Conference, which was held in Helsinki in June 1993 under the joint chairmanship of Finland and Portugal. In addition to 37 European countries and the European Community, several organisations from the private sector, the international forestry community and environmental NGOs participated at this conference.

The General Declaration and the four Helsinki Resolutions reflect Europe’s approaches to global environmental issues, namely the promotion of sustainable forest management, the conservation of biological diversity, strategies regarding the consequences of possible climate change for the forest sector, and increasing co-operation with countries in transition to market economies.

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