Remarkable progress has been made in achieving the sustainable forest management (SFM) in the pan-European region’s forests. This progress has been established following the SFM guidelines and through the implementation of the pan-European criteria and indicators for SFM (C&I) and other SFM tools.
However, goals and challenges for European forests and the forest sector have to be addressed continuously. The initiatives such as UNFCCC Paris Agreement, UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its Sustainable Development Goals, reporting on Goals for European Forests and the European 2020 Targets for Forests should be also reflected in the implementation of pan-European C&I for SFM. The issues such as climate change, impacts of globalisation, green economy, increasing demands for biomass and bioenergy, the need for further enhancement of the full range of ecosystem services from European forests, require further development and implementation of sustainable forest management, its tools and assessment, to better comprise new knowledge and emerging issues.
In order to support implementation of actions of Madrid Ministerial Declaration, the FOREST EUROPE Expert Group on Implementation of the Updated pan- European Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management (hereinafter termed “EG”) was established according to the FOREST EUROPE Work Programme, Action 4.1 – “Further development and updating of policies and tools for sustainable forest management”, and its Activities 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 – “Enhancing tools to promote SFM”. EG will enable dialogue and mobilise expert forum for further development of C&I and their use as a tool for SFM. EG should analyse the present use of the C&I for SFM and their linkages to other initiatives, to identify and analyse the need in other sectors for forest information and indicators, and prepare a proposal for subsets of indicators to this end.
- Background document for the Expert Group
- First meeting of Expert Group on Implementation of the Updated pan-European Indicators for SFM
- Second meeting of the Expert Group on Implementation of the Updated pan-European Indicators for SFM
- Indicator 4.7 – Forest fragmentation – Conclusions of discussion on implementation