UN Forum agrees on measures for sustainable management of forests

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Volunteers preparing pine seedlings for planting as part of a reforestation project following forest fires, Ramlieh, Chouf Mountains, Lebanon.

The United Nations Forum on Forests concluded its tenth session in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday by agreeing on measures to improve the sustainable management of forests around the world.

The Forum, which has been meeting for two weeks, adopted by consensus two texts which recognize the vital role and contribution of forests to sustainable development.

It called on governments to take a range of actions to improve sustainable forest management, from substantive data collection to addressing the causes of deforestation and forests degradation.

The Forum also decided to consider setting up a voluntary global fund to support these efforts.

Jan McAlpine is the Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat.

"There are some very rich issues which have been addressed and there are issues with respect to the economic development and forest piece which have never been raised in multilateral negotiations around the world. So this forum raises new standards for discussions about forests and economic development and their relationship – one to the other." (20")

The theme of the session in Istanbul was "forests and economic development."

Jan McAlpine said the meeting was ground-breaking and historic in many ways and thanked the people and Government of Turkey for hosting it.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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