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Norway and European forest policy.

Poland and Norway are co-chairing the preparations for the next ministerial conference on sustainable management of forest in Europe. This will take place in Warsaw in 2-3 years.

21/09/2005 :: The conference is an integral part of the “Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe” (MCPFE). In a meeting in Warsaw on the 5th and 6th of September, Norway took over the vice-president seat, and will after the planned conference take over the presidency. Norway will thus in the years to come have an increasingly important role in the European collaboration on forest policy issues.

The MCPFE is a high-level political initiative for co-operation. It addresses common opportunities and challenges related to forests and forestry, and promotes sustainable management of forests in Europe. Launched in 1990, it is the main political platform for the dialogue on European forest policy issues. Around 40 European countries and the European Community are represented in the MCPFE. Non-governmental  organisations, international organisations and the research  community actively participate in the work of MCPFE.

The MCPFE is a dynamic process that takes care of the most important common concerns about forests and forestry in Europe and addresses the challenges ahead. This process is based on a chain of conferences at ministerial level and follow-up mechanisms. Since 1990, four Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe have taken place. These are regarded as milestones in the development of European forest policy.

Source: The Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food/MCPFE

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