European forest and wood bodies strengthen ties

8 November 2012

Europe’s leading forest, forest products and timber organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to strengthen their ties and step up lobbying on behalf of their members.

The four bodies, which describe themselves as representing the core of the European forest sector, are the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), European Forest Owners (CEPF) and European Paper Industries (CEPI) and the European State Forest Association (Eustafor).

They have agreed to "formally commit themselves to strengthen communication and co-operation". They have also defined their core aims: to promote the principles of sustainable forest management, the use of wood and resource efficiency, and the relevance of forest and forest-based sectors in "rural development and the global green economy".
Mr de Jaeger. "We have to make clear such misconceptions are not the case."