Assistance to the project for the creation of a global network of World Heritage forests. Seminar in Nancy, France

The objective of this project was to establish a global network of World Heritage forests to assist the World Heritage Forest Programme.

In 1998, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), IUCN and the World Heritage Centre organised an experts meeting on World Heritage forests in Berastagi, Indonesia. The meeting emphasized the importance of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in the conservation of the biodiversity of forests with Outstanding Universal Value. In 2001, the World Heritage Committee approved the planning of a programme for World Heritage forests. Since that meeting, several activities have been undertaken to conserve the biodiversity of these sites.

In 2005, the École Nationale du Génie des Eaux et Forêts (French school for forestry engineering and research) organised an international colloquium on 7 and 8 March in Nancy (France) to mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Forest Service (USFS). Subsequently, l’École Nationale du Génie des Eaux et Forêts received a Canadian mission from the International Model Forest Network to examine the possibility of establishing a model forest in Lorraine, France. On 9 to 11 March 2005 the World Heritage Centre, with the support of the France-UNESCO Cooperation Agreement, used these opportunities to organize a meeting called “World Heritage Forests: Leveraging Conservation at the Landscape Level” in Nancy. The proceedings of this 2nd World Heritage Forests meeting are available in the World Heritage Series n°21 - May 2007.

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Strategic objectives
  • Conservation