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
Joint Session of the 38th European Forestry Commission - 72nd UNECE Committee on Forest and Forest Industry FAO, ECE 2 November 2015 - 6 November 2015 Switzerland Engelberg English, French, Spanish, Russian Ekrem Yazici
Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission - 29th Session FAO (FOD) 9 November 2015 - 13 November 2015 Peru Lima English, Spanish Jorge Meza
22nd Session of the Near East Forestry and Range Commission FAO 14 December 2015 - 18 December 2015 Algeria To be decided English, French, Arabic Abdel Hamied Hamid
North American Forest Commission - 28th Session FO/FAO 11 January 2016 - 15 January 2016 Mexico Campeche English, Spanish Peter Csoka
African Forestry and Wildlife Commission - 20th Session FAO 1 February 2016 - 5 February 2016 United Republic of Tanzania Arusha English, French Bojang Foday
Asia-Pacific Forestry Commission - 26th Session FAO 22 February 2016 - 26 February 2016 Philippines To be decided English Patrick Durst

last updated:  Thursday, August 28, 2014