Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE) to Discuss: Energy - Water - Climate - Can Forests Live up to European Societies' Expectations?

WARSAW, Poland--()--The representatives of states and organizations which belong to Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE) discuss the expectations that European societies have towards forests. Participants are going to decide about the framework of the 5th Ministerial Conference to be convened in Warsaw, on 5-7 November 2007.

The meeting was opened yesterday by Agnieszka Bolesta, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of the Environment, who said: In recent years the concept of sustainable forest management has become an essential instrument for improving environmental quality of human livelihoods, a tool for nature conservation as well as the overall sustainable development. Today, everybody should be aware of that forests constitute a multi-dimensional element ensuring sustainable development of human civilization. I am convinced that the time has come for the MCPFE to enhance contribution of forests to quality of life of contemporary European societies and future generations"

During the meeting, experts from 31 countries and 13 international organizations discussed the scope of the declaration and two resolutions concerning interrelation of forests/water and forest/energy issue. During the press conference in PAP Press Center, Director of Forest Policy and Forest Information of Austria, Ingwald Gschwandtl, presented the ministerial declaration as a document which reflects the vision of forests' future in Europe and will cover the most important message of the conference. According to Arne Ivar Sletnes, Senior Adviser of the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the first resolution underlines the issues of wood, energy, biomass, which determine the future political discussions about forests and limits which climatic changes trigger. The Head of Forest Planning and Management Area Ministry of Environment of Spain, Dr. José María Solano López, stressed the importance of the second resolution which emphasizes the crucial role of the forest industry.

The documents will determine the main objective of the discussion on the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe. The title of the conference is Forests for quality of life. Prof. Kazimierz Rykowski, the head of MCPFE steering committee, said that the title of the meeting reflects the relation between man and nature and shows values which forests bring into life of a modern society.

5th Ministerial Conference will take place in Warsaw on 5-7th November 2007. So far four conferences have taken place in Europe: Strasbourg 1990, Helsinki 1993, Lisbon 1998, Vienna 2003.

Contacts

MCPFE Liaison Unit Warsaw
Marta Gaworska
Ph. 22 331 70 31 ext. 14
Mob.: + 48 695 790 204
m.gaworska@lu-warsaw.pl
www.mcpfe.org

Contacts

MCPFE Liaison Unit Warsaw
Marta Gaworska
Ph. 22 331 70 31 ext. 14
Mob.: + 48 695 790 204
m.gaworska@lu-warsaw.pl
www.mcpfe.org