The Strategy for FAO and UNECE Forestry Activities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia was elaborated through a participatory approach with the involvement of FAO/UNECE member countries and international organizations. The FAO-EFC and UNECE-TC bureaux adopted this Strategy and review on this base the directions of activities to be carried out by FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia as well as the FAO Subregional Office for Central Asia. The Strategy identifies the major Program Elements and External Partners and sets the framework for annual operational planning.
The Joint Session of the European Forestry Commission and Timber Committee in 2004 approved the FAO/UNECE Team of Specialists with the objective to enhance effectiveness of international activities intended to support and contribute to sustainable development of the forest sector in South East Europe and in CIS, notably through:
Strengthened forest management and marketing
Strengthened policy and institutional framework
Improved forest information management and communication
A forest laboratory was inaugurated recently in Kosovo. The new laboratory is part of an FAO project funded by the Government of Finland and in cooperation with the Kosovo Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development.
The main consumers of wood fuel in Kosovo are households, followed by tourism facilities and schools. In total, Kosovo uses 2.3 million cubic meters of wood fuel per year. These are just some of the findings of an FAO report presented recently at a seminar in Pristina.