FOREST EUROPE High-Level Talks 2023

Forest Europe invites high-level representatives to their High-Level Policy Dialogue “Growing healthier forests: How can Sustainable Forest Management enhance resilience?“. The event will take place on 9 November 2023 at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Berlin. The HLPD 2023 is organized in line with the Bratislava Ministerial Declaration 2021 and the FOREST EUROPE Work Programme 2021 – 2024 priorities and follows guidance provided by the Expert Level Meeting.

The event aims to have director-generals responsible for forestry in the signatory countries and high-level representatives from observer organisations to play an active role in these High-Level Talks. The event will also offer a hybrid option; therefore, signatories and observers, as well as the interested public unable to join in person in Berlin, will be able to follow this event through live streaming.

During the event will be discussed how Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) can serve as a backbone for resilience, stimulating cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration, and it will be hosted by the German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Mr. Cem Özdemir. The event will consist of two consecutive panel discussions where the director general and other participants can interact directly with high-level speakers. To set the scene, renowned scientists will present a science-policy brief and summarize the state-of-the-art research.

The FOREST EUROPE Secretariat will produce and broadly share the “take-home messages” after the event to highlight the debate’s main outputs and relevant exchanges within the panels. This event’s outcome will also be highly relevant to preparing the Ministerial documents to be endorsed by Ministers at the 9th Ministerial Conference beginning in October 2024 in Germany.

More information, including the registration link, will be circulated after the summer. All updates can be found on FOREST EUROPE´s website, and for any questions, you are welcome to send an email to

More info on the event can be found here.

Policy Brief on SFM and Forest Resilience


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