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
Latin American and Caribbean Forestry Commission (LACFC) - 31st Session FAO (RLC/FO) 2 September 2019 - 6 September 2019 Uruguay Montevideo English, Spanish Brenda Hivy Ortiz-Chour
North American Forest Commission (NAFC) - 30th Session FAO (FO) 9 September 2019 - 12 September 2019 United States of America Missoula English, Spanish Peter Csoka
Joint Session of the 40th European Forestry Commission (EFC) - 77th UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry FAO (FO)/ECE 4 November 2019 - 7 November 2019 Switzerland Geneva English Ekrem Yazici
African Forestry and Wildlife Commission (AFWC) - 22nd Session FAO (AF/FO) 18 November 2019 - 22 November 2019 South Africa Skukuza Mpumalanga English, French Nora Berrahmouni
Near East Forestry and Range Commission (NEFRC) - 24th Session FAO (NE/FO) 1 December 2019 - 5 December 2019 Sudan To be decided English, French, Arabic Abdel Hamied Hamid

last updated:  Monday, November 9, 2015