European forest week


The week of 2024 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 Europe.
  • 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 related issues.

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]