UNECE/FAO Seminar on the State of Forest Ownership in the UNECE region
On 14 December, CEPF co-hosted a seminar in the European Forestry House during which UNECE / FAO presented the main outcomes of a study on the State of Forest Ownership in the UNECE region. The final exhaustive study will be published in early 2019. Compared to the 2011 report which only focused on private forest ownership, this new study has a broader scope as it also includes public forest ownership.

As far as private ownership is concerned, the recent scientific article “How private are Europe’s private forests? A comparative property rights analysis” led by Liviu Nichiforel, contributed to the findings. The article analyses the variety of forest ownership and forest property rights in Europe according to five type of rights (access, withdrawal, management, exclusion, and alienation). This comparative property rights analysis concludes that when addressing European rural development, bioeconomy, climate change mitigation measures and nature protection strategies, there is a need for tailored policy instruments addressing the complexity of private forest ownership.

During the event, the authors of the UNECE / FAO study presented a comparative analysis of forest coverage, forest policies and forest management under different ownership schemes in the UNECE region. The main results of the study, including the thematic inter-active database, guided discussion of the status, trends, opportunities and challenges of forest ownership in the region, with the representatives of European Institutions, representatives of forest owners’ organizations and the Brussels-based stakeholders.

The UNECE / FAO study will be of great support to CEPF to explain the variety of private forest ownership to EU policy makers and how EU forest-related policies impact private forest owners. E.g. the study confirms that one of the main challenges faced by European private forest ownership today is fragmentation and parcelization and the study brings very useful insights to better understand this situation.

Overall, this study shows that when dealing with forest-related issues, the EU policy framework should always keep in mind forest owners’ possibilities and motivations when managing their forests, so that they can best make use of their strengths.


Please find the extract of the study here.

UNECE's forest ownership database can be found here.

The press release of the event is available here.