The week of 20–24 October 2008 will be European forest week,
with the theme - Working together for sustainable forest
management in Europe.
The objectives of the European Forest Week are to -
- Increase the visibility of the forest based-sector and
its contribution to development of economy and society in
- Raise awareness about its important contributions to mitigating
climate change, providing freshwater and protecting the
environment - and
- Engage other sectors in a participatory dialogue on forest
The European Forest Week will provide an umbrella for forest-related
events organised by the public and private sectors, as well
as civil society throughout Europe. It is organised by the
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO),
the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE),
the Ministerial Conference for the Protection of Forests in
Europe (MCPFE) and the European Commission (EC) in collaboration
with the Presidency of the Council of the European Union at
the time of the event - France.
At the regional level, the week will be marked by a series
of events in Rome and Brussels including press conferences,
high-level policy discussions and networking opportunities
on a number of topical themes - including climate change,
energy and water in relation to the forest sector.
Countries are invited to organise events to address forest
issues of national relevance, sharing the objectives of the
week and explicitly linked with it. These could be conferences
or policy forums, public events such as forest fairs, nature
walks or exhibits, symbolic events such as tree planting,
or media events aimed at improved communication.
A dedicated website (Click
Here) will link to national events and will provide
suggested messages, a media kit and information resources
for event organisers.
For more information, contact Kit Prins - email: [email protected]