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 and North Africa (NENA) region 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.

The Near East Network on Forest Health and Invasive Species (NENFHIS) was created by the Near East Forestry Commission in 2009 to facilitate collaboration and communication and to enhance cooperation between professionals, scientists, partners and other interested parties. It provides an informal mechanism to exchange information, knowledge and experiences on forest heath and invasive species issues for the benefits of the forest sector in the Near East and North Africa (NENA) Region.

The objectives of the Network are to:

  • Promote collaboration between member countries.
  • Share expertise and information.
  • Facilitate technology exchange.
  • Communicate and coordinate with existing international and regional organizations dealing with forest health and invasive species.
  • Identify problems and strategize regional prevention, monitoring, and management programmes.
  • Encourage compliance of international phytosanitary regulations.

last updated:  Wednesday, January 17, 2018