European Forest Week
The UNECE region is home to 40% of the world’s forests, which account for 36% of the region’s land area. There is a remarkable variety of forest types in the region. Forest cover has increased over the past few decades, as a result of afforestation programmes and due to natural regeneration on marginal lands. Forests are one of Europe's most important renewable resources and provide multiple benefits to society and the economy. They are also one of Europe's main sources of biodiversity. The “forest sector”, defined as forest management, the wood industry (sawnwood and panels) and the pulp and paper industry, accounts for about 1% of GDP in Europe and North America, and 0.8% in Russia. The value added by the UNECE region forest sector is about $285 billion/year.
The objectives of the European Forest Week are:
- to raise awareness on the good health of forests in Europe;
- to promote the role of the forest sector in “greening” the economy by improving human well-being and social equity, while reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities;
- to raise awareness that forestry is at the core of the sustainability concept, to increase the visibility of the forest-based sector and its current and potential contributions to a sustainable economy, and
- to engage other sectors in a participatory dialogue on forest-related issues.
Numerous events are organized all over Europe to celebrate the European Forest Week.
Please find below a file with three videos that will tell you more about forests in Europe, the European Forest Week and its 'special' Ambassador.
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