The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, set the framework of guiding principles for sustainable development and sustainable forest management adopted by member countries of the United Nations and the international community.

The 'Forest Principles' and Chapter 11 of Agenda 21, along with the Rio Declaration enshrine the commitments made by nations in the forestry domain, including the need of 'formulating scientifically sound criteria and guidelines for the management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests'.

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last updated:  Thursday, January 9, 2014