Regional Forestry Commissions

Six Regional Forestry Commissions were established by the FAO Conference between 1947 and 1959. Every two years, the Commissions bring together the Heads of Forestry in each major region of the world to address the most important forestry issues in the region. The Commissions consider both policy and technical issues. The Commissions play a key role in the international arrangement on forests, serving as a link between global dialogue at the Committee on Forestry (COFO) and the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF), and national implementation.

The Regional Forestry Commissions are also active in-between formal sessions. Most of the Commissions have technical working groups or sub-regional chapters that implement projects that benefit from collaboration among countries in the region.

Upcoming sessions

Title Organizer Date Country Venue Languages Contact
North American Forest Commission - 29th Session FAO (FODI) 18 September 2017 - 22 September 2017 Canada Edmonton English, Spanish Peter Csoka
Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission - 30th Session FAO (RLAC) 25 September 2017 - 29 September 2017 Honduras Tegucigalpa English, French, Spanish Jorge Meza
Joint Session of the 39th European Forestry Commission - 74th UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry FAO/UNECE 9 October 2017 - 13 October 2017 Poland Warsaw English, French, Spanish Ekrem Yazici
Asia Pacific Forestry Commission - 27th Session FAO (RAP) 23 October 2017 - 27 October 2017 Sri Lanka Colombo English Patrick Durst
African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 21st Session FAO (FO-AF) November 2017 To be decided To be decided English, French Magnus Grylle
Near East Forestry and Range Commission - 23rd Session FAO (FO-RNE) 11 December 2017 - 15 December 2017 Lebanon Beirut English, French, Arabic Abdel Hamied Hamid

last updated:  Monday, November 9, 2015