Meeting of Forest administration representatives from Balkan countries and signing of a Memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the field of forestry among forest administrations of the Balkan countries for the establishment of the Forum “Balkan Forests”, 17-20 February 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Balkan Forest Agency and the SWG organized a working meeting for the establishment of the Balkan Forest Forum, which was held in the period 18th – 19th February 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria. The working meeting aside from the discussions on the establishment of the Balkan Forest Forum and drafting of the Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation focused on working group sessions which served the purpose to discuss the implementation of regional joint activities related to the efficient use of natural resources and sustainable management of forests and forest ecosystems.

During the meeting the participants discussed the importance on integrated cross-sectoral management among rural development, agriculture, environment, water and forestry on national and regional level. They stressed the need for regional cross-border cooperation regarding rural development via sustainable forest management and natural hazard management in the SEE region for the socio-economic wellbeing of the rural population in the SEE region.

The meeting was also a great opportunity for the representatives from the forestry sector of the SWG regional expert advisory working group to meet and discuss future steps for cooperation.

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