Near East Network on Forest Health and Invasive Species (NENFHIS)
Background and mandate
Tree pests and diseases can be the cause of severe ecological, economic and social impacts on natural forests, forest and agroforestry plantations and small holdings of tree crops. The Near East Region (RNE) is no exception.
During its 18th Session, held in February 2008, the Near East Forestry and Range Commission (NEFRC) welcomed and endorsed the establishment of a Near East Network on Forest Health and Invasive Species (NENFHIS) as a regional platform to share information and experiences on integrated and dynamic forest pest management and on the generation of baseline data for decision-making. Previously in its 16th Session held in 2004, NEFRC stressed the importance of collaborative action in facing forest threats and recommended that thematic studies be conducted on problems common to the countries of the region. Areas of potential mutual interest include integrated regulation of the use of forest and range resources to achieve the sustainability of both, and the negative impacts of forest invasive species.