The Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC) is an intergovernmental body established in 2011 for the purpose of negotiating a legally binding agreement on forests in Europe.

Participation in the INC is open to the 46 European States and the European Union, Signatories to FOREST EUROPE. The Oslo Mandate also entitled additional successor states of the former Soviet Union not members of FOREST EUROPE to join the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee. The Rules of Procedures agreed in the Oslo Mandate govern the negotiations. Twenty nine international and intergovernmental organizations, NGOs as well as one country hold an observer status to the Committee. The Chair and the Bureau facilitate the work of the Committee and guide the Secretariat in providing necessary service to the negotiations.

The Committee aims to develop a holistic legally binding framework agreement for forests, to address, inter alia, sustainable forest management in Europe and the long-term provision of a broad range of goods and forest ecosystem services. A  list of possible subjects to be addressed by the agreement is specified in paragraph 23 of the Oslo Mandate.

The Committee shall complete its tasks not later than 30 June 2013. The Committee will present its results to an extraordinary FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference that will take place within six months of the conclusion of the negotiations for consideration, possible adoption and opening for signature.


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