FOREST EUROPE is the brand name of the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe. It is the Pan-European voluntary high-level political process for intergovernmental dialogue and cooperation on forest policies in Europe. FOREST EUROPE develops common strategies for its 46 signatories (45 European countries and the European Union) on how to protect and sustainably manage their forests.
Since 1990, the collaboration of the ministers responsible for forests in Europe has been setting agenda for policymaking at national and European levels by providing main policy framework for sustainable forest management and balancing its economic, environmental and social pillars. FOREST EUROPE has led to achievements such as the internationally agreed guidelines, criteria and indicators for sustainable forest management.
By endorsing the declarations, decisions and resolutions of the FOREST EUROPE platform, the signatories make clear political commitments to protect and sustainably manage their forests.
Commitments endorsed by the ministers serve as a framework for implementing sustainable forest management in the European countries, adapted to their national circumstances and done in a coherent way with the rest of the region, and strengthen international cooperation at the same time.
Ukraine has been participating in ministerial conferences since 1993.
In 2017, a representative of the State Forest Resources Agency of Ukraine together with a representative of the French forest administration was elected co-chairs of the working group on the revision of the format of the activities of the FOREST EUROPE process. The group, chaired by Ukraine and France, successfully completed its work in 2017.
On April 14-15, 2021 the 8th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe was held online. During the 8th Ministerial Conference the following documents were approved and signed:
1. Bratislava Ministerial Declaration "The future we want: the forests we need"
2. Bratislava Ministerial Resolution "Adaptation of European Forests to Climate Change".
All signed agreements are voluntary.
For more information on the work of the Ministerial Conferences, please visit the FOREST EUROPE website at https://foresteurope.org/.