Europe’s forestry ministers have gathered in Oslo.
They are among delegates from 46 nations who are discussing plans for a legal framework for international forest management.
Europe is the most forest-rich region in the world.
Combined with Russia, there are 1.2 billion hectares – that is a quarter of the world’s trees.
And the green carpet is expanding by 0.8 million hectares a year.
870 million tonnes of carbon dioxide were taken out of the atmosphere by forests between 2005 and 2010. In 2008 alone, this equated to ten percent of Europe’s emissions.
But as well as this huge potential to mitigate climate change, there are threats. The main ones are disease, poor weather and fires.
So given the benefits, the aims of Forest Europe are protection and sustainable management.