The severity of the problem of illegal forest activities was first highlighted in FAO State of the World Forests 2001 report. The fifteenth session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) in 2001 emphasized the need to organize activities to combat forest crime and the 16th session of COFO in 2003 recommended that FAO support countries in their efforts to improve forest law enforcement. During the Ministerial meeting that took place in conjunction with the 17th session of the Committee on Forestry in March 2005, ministers and delegates committed themselves to improving domestic forest law enforcement and governance and to this end, promoting international cooperation to support international trade in timber and forest products from legally harvested and sustainably managed forests. FAO has been responding to the member countries¿ recommendations by carrying out various activities to support countries in strengthening forest law enforcement.

For further information please contact:

Eva Müller
Forest Policy Service (FOEP)
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla - 00153 Rome - Italy
Tel: +39-06-57054628
E-mail: [email protected]

last updated:  Thursday, September 24, 2009