UNFF conducts analytical work on the role of forest sector in conflict prevention and peacebuilding. In this context, it closely follows international processes tackling illegal logging and associated trade, especially the regional Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) processes. The UNFF Secretariat is a partner in the Asia Forest Partnership, which inter alia, deals with illegal logging in the Asian region.
Discussions in UNFF on the issue of illegal logging and associated trade, including in conflict situations, were reaffirmed in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation that calls on Governments and other actors to take immediate action on domestic forest law enforcement and illegal international trade on forest products. As a follow-up, the UNFF has had discussions on this issue inter alia in the Ad hoc Expert Group on Finance and Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies.
The UNFF Secretariat hosted a Ministerial breakfast meeting on "Forest and Conflict" during the July 2003 substantive session of ECOSOC focusing on environmental degradation as a driver in conflicts.
United Nations Forum on Forests