Monitoring and reporting activities are a key to investigate the state of our forests, the implementation of the strategies and instruments, or the progress towards SFM. Monitoring helps to know if the policies developed and implemented are successful in achieving sustainable forest management in the European countries and in the region.
FOREST EUROPE, as a regional policy process, has pursued the need to assess the state of forests and the progress toward sustainable forest management at regional and national level. FOREST EUROPE decided to help with the development of suitable monitoring and evaluation procedures, and to establish appropriate information collection systems and appropriate evaluation periods.
FOREST EUROPE signatory countries have committed themselves to use national criteria and indicators (C&I) in national and pan- European C&I in international reporting on the status and conditions of European forests. Through the assessment of these criteria and indicators, European countries can periodically monitor and report the state of forests and forest sector.
Since 1990, national data has been the main source of relevant information, providing decision makers and the broad public with up-to-date data on the status and trends in forests and sustainable forest management at national and European level.
They can also identify trends and the effects of forest management planning and management over time, improving decision making processes at national and regional level.
At a regional level, FOREST EUROPE presents periodically, for each Ministerial Confrence since the 4th Conference in Vienna 2003, the State of Europe´s Forest reports providing a comprehensive, up-to-date description of the status of and trends in forests and forest management in pan-European region, following the Pan-European Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management.
Four reports have been elaborated so far (2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015). This report provides a comprehensive, up-to-date description of the status and trends of forests and forest management in Europe. It hopes to facilitate balanced strategic and operational decision-making, as well as communication and dialogue with the public and other relevant sectors.
Each of the reports provides data on the status and trends of each indicator associated to the respective SFM criterion.
Last edition of the SoEF (SoEF 2015) was issued at the 7th FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, held in Madrid, Spain, on 20-21 October 2015.