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National Forest Policy Dialogues

The facilitation of National Forest Policy Dialogues and specific studies on request from member States address issues mentioned in the scope of the Warsaw Integrated Programme of Work. This work contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and forest-related SDGs, the United Nations strategic plan for forests 2017-2030 and the United Nations Forum on Forests Quadrennial Programme of Work 2017-2020.
The aim of National Forest Policy Dialogues is to share the outputs of the Forestry and Timber Section with a large number of national experts (policymakers, forest managers, forest-based industry representatives, researchers, etc...) and to gain national experience for the international work by exchanging information about a.o. the state of forests, forest product markets, wood energy and forest sector outlook.
National Forest Policy Dialogues are co-organized with a host country to adapt the international input to the national situation.

Subjects to be covered (depending on availability of funds)

  • policy dialogue
    Forest policies, institutions and instruments;
  • Regional and national coordination of forest and forest-related policies including forestry-related SDGs;
  • Governance and policymaking;
  • Green economy and green jobs;
  • Interaction with stakeholders and the private sector;
  • Financing for, and investment in, the profitability and competitiveness of the forest sector;
  • Structural developments in the forest sector and their policy impact and implications;
  • Wood energy and its implications for renewable energy policies and land use;
  • Role of biodiversity and wildlife in sustainable forest management; 
  • Adaptation of forests and the forest sector to climate change.

Outputs: Forest Policy Dialogue Events

  • National Forest Policy Dialogue: aligning the commitment under the Bonn Challenge with the Master Plan for the Development of the Forestry Sector of the Republic of Kazakhstan until 2030 (4 March 2020), Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan 
  • National Forest Policy Dialogue "Updating the National Forestry Program (NFP) and restructuring the forestry institution in Azerbaijan" (11 - 12 July 2018), Baku, Azerbaijan
  • National Forest Policy Dialogue "Reforming the forestry institutional structure in Ukraine: prospects and implications" (5 July 2018), Kyiv, Ukraine
  • National Forest Policy Dialogue Ukraine "Sanitary cuttings in Ukraine - problems and perspectives" (15 September 2016), Kyiv, Ukraine
  • European Forest Week & Metsä 2013 Briefing and Policy Dialogue with Finnish Forest Sector (5 November 2013), Helsinki, Finland
  • National Forest Policy Dialogue - Russia (13 - 14 December 2012), Arkhangelsk, Russia
  • National Forest Policy Dialogue - Poland (22 November 2012), Warsaw, Poland
  • National Forest Policy Dialogue - Switzerland (6 November 2012), Bern, Switzerland
  • National Forest Policy Dialogue - France (8 December 2011), Paris, France

Contact information

Should you have any questions regarding National Forest Policy Dialogues, please contact Mr. Ekrem Yazici, Deputy Chief of the Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section at


Forestry and Timber