European Forest Week 2021

6th European Forest Week, 22–28 November 2021

Theme: The Future of Forests


First celebrated in 2008, the European Forest Week provides a unique opportunity to increase the forest sector's visibility and to influence pan-European and global discussions related to forests. The week is jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).


This year, the European Forest Week will be celebrated in conjunction with Foresta2021, the Joint Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), and the FAO European Forestry Commission (EFC).

Programme of side events




Registration link

Monday 22 November

UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section

Urban and Peri-urban Forest Ecosystems for Green Recovery - Linking National Policies and Local Action

Registration link

Monday 22 November

UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section

Three years after Astana: achievements – challenges – aspirations for forest landscape restoration in the Caucasus and Central Asia

By invitation only

Tuesday 23 November

FAO Forestry Division 

Non-wood forest products for people, nature and the green economy: Recommendations for policy priorities in Europe

Registration link

Wednesday 24 November

UNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Sustainable Forest Products

Team of Specialists on Sustainable Forest Products Meeting

Please contact the Secretariat for registration

Wednesday 24 November

Forest Europe in collaboration with International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) 

How the heck did I end up here?

Registration link

Thursday 25 November

Timber Finance Initiative 

Unlocking the full climate potential of the forest

Registration link

Thursday 25 November

Fundación Empresa-Universidad Gallega (FEUGA) 

Great forest fires of the 21st century – European cooperation to prevent them 

Registration link

Organize an event in your country

National and local activities held simultaneously in participating countries will raise awareness on forests through contests, exhibitions, talks and videos. Events in the past have included a wilderness retreat in Austria, lectures in Spain, a forestry film festival in Czech Republic, a workshop on flood prevention in Ukraine, and many more. 

Share information about the event you plan to organize through the European Forest Week website, hosted by FAO. Organizers are requested to follow any local rules on social distancing and hygiene related to containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the Future of Forests

We are living in a fast-changing world – not only is our reality fundamentally different from two or even one generation ago, but technological and environmental changes are happening faster than ever before, affecting how we conduct our daily lives.

With a global pandemic that caused widespread disruption to economies and societies, and with climate change accelerating, it is increasingly uncertain what the future will look like in one, two and more decades. What is certain is that the forest sector of the region faces many complex challenges. One is to find the right balance for forests’ contribution to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Another is to adapt the region’s forests and forest industries to structural shifts at the global level, driven by changing demand for forest products, and by profound changes in the world’s forest resources.

In this context, the present decade is of particular importance as it marks the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Forests are one of the essential ecosystems for our planet, making reforestation, afforestation and sustainable forest management crucial for the Decade’s success. Forests also provide health benefits for everyone, such as fresh air, nutritious foods, clean water, non-toxic materials and space for recreation.

Demand for wood and other forest products and services, including biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration, is rising and changing. As a result, the choices facing forest managers and policymakers are becoming more complex. With rapid urbanization, cities and local governments increasingly understand the benefits of planting trees in urban areas and increasing access to green spaces for city dwellers.

Governments and stakeholders need a shared vision of the major forces driving structural change, and of the possible consequences of policy choices, all set in a holistic global framework, and based on objective and transparent analysis. What is your vision for the future of forests in times of rapid change?

©FAO/Mar Ramos Sanz