Sustainable forest management and the sustainable use of forest resources are essential for sustainable development. Sustainable forest management should not only aim to secure stable revenue from forest products, but should also promote and secure the existence of healthy forests that will continue to provide us with economic, social, and environmental benefits.

Our countries have a share in the global forest industry and its income. Taking this into consideration, we also bear our share of responsibility for the global conservation, sustainable management, and multifunctional use of forests and forest products. Forests in ASEM countries are very diverse, ranging from polar to tropical rainforests. However, the basic principles of sustainable forest management and use are applicable globally.

The meeting is aimed at exchanging experiences between policy-makers and experts involved in the implementation of sustainable forest management. Special attention will be given to good practices and the possibility of strengthening the application of sustainable forest management principles in formulating forest-related policies.