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July 07, 2015

Updated Pan-European Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management

Since the first Pan-European Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management were issued by FOREST EUROPE in 1998 and improved in 2003, experience has shown that criteria and indicators are a very important tool in European forest policy. Based on subsequent improvements in knowledge and data collection systems, as well as current and future information needs, it was recognised that an update of the indicators was required.

In January 2015, the Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe Expert-Level Meeting therefore decided to update the existing set of indicators. An advisory group comprising representatives of countries and relevant organisations in Europe was established to facilitate the updating process. Participatory consultations with countries and stakeholders took place in the form of two online consultations and a workshop. The first online consultation was conducted from mid-December to the end of January, and the second took place in March. The FOREST EUROPE workshop on updating the indicators was held in April 2015 in Madrid.

The updated set of indicators is the result of this participatory process and the work of the advisory group. It is presented in the framework of the existing criteria and structured according to links between the proposed qualitative and quantitative indicators. Detailed information on the rationale, international data providers, measurement units, periodicity of data availability and basic definitions is provided in the supplementary documents “Background Information for the Updated Pan-European Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management” and "Relevant Definitions Used for the Updated Pan-European Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management", both of which are available on the FOREST EUROPE website.