European ministers have committed to work towards further implementation of sustainable forest management.

The commitment was agreed at the 5th Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forest in Europe at Warsaw.

Ministers also adopted two resolutions, the first of which obliges countries to increase the role of the forest sector in renewable energy production and improve public and private partnerships of forest owners, the wood industry and energy producers.

The second resolution stresses the role of forests in protecting the quality and quantity of water, preventing floods, mitigating the effects of draught and counteracting soil erosion.