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EUROPEAN MINISTERS ADOPT RESOLUTIONS ON ROLE OF FORESTS IN WOOD-BASED BIO-ENERGY AND WATER PROTECTION

At the Fifth Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE 5), held from 5-7 November 2007 in Warsaw, Poland, European ministers responsible for forests adopted the Warsaw Declaration and Resolutions on “Forests, Wood and Energy” and “Forests and Water.” The documents focus on the role of forests in energy production, mitigating climate change and protecting water quality and quantity.

Ministers also adopted Ministerial Statements on the Southern European forest fires and on declaring 20-24 October 2008 as the Pan-European Forest Week 2008. The conference, centered on the theme “Forests for Quality of Life,” was attended by ministers and high-level representatives of 44 European countries and the European Community, as well as representatives of 14 observer countries and 31 observer organizations.

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