Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe – towards the next step?

On 31 October and 1 November, informal discussion will start again on possible negotiations on a Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) after the decision was made to transmit this file from Forest Europe to UNECE and FAO.

On 10 June 2019, the Deputy Prime Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic, Gabriela Matečná, addressed a letter to UNECE and FAO authorities in order to transmit them the Ministerial Decision on Resuming the Negotiations on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forest in Europe developed under the Forest Europe process.

In response to this letter the UNECE Secretariat is organising a first informal meeting on 31 October and 1 November  in Geneva to discuss the possible negotiation of a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe.

The outcomes of this first informal meeting will be important to get indications on whether and how the LBA discussion process could continue in the future.