Global Forest Expert Panels

Transporting wood in Uganda

The Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) initiative was established within the framework of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), and is led and coordinated by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). It builds on the political recognition provided by the United Nations Forum on Forests (ECOSOC Resolution 2006/49) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD Decision IX/16).

GFEP provides a mechanism for effectively linking the information requirements of intergovernmental processes related to forests and trees with the best existing scientific expertise. Rather than conducting new research, GFEP consolidates existing available information and expertise in relevant fields.

GFEP produces objective and independent scientific assessments on key issues of high concern and provides its state-of-the-art reports to international forums and policy processes to support more informed decision-making at the global level. The reports are prepared by thematic Expert Panels involving internationally recognized leading scientific experts in their field. All reports undergo rigorous peer review.

The frequency of reports is determined by the information needs and requests from intergovernmental processes. All GFEP reports are accompanied by related policy briefs that give an overview of the key messages for policy- and decision-makers.

All GFEP reports received considerable international media attention, had significant impact on international policies and have served as background information for discussions, briefing documents for negotiators, guidance for strategic policy development as well as teaching materials.


Following the successful completion of the thematic reports on Adaptation of Forests and People to Climate Change, on International Forest Governance, on Biodiversity, Forest Management, and REDD+Forest and Food Security, on Illegal Timber Trade, on Forests and Water, IUFRO initiated a GFEP on Forests and Poverty.

It is the task of the Expert Panel to carry out a comprehensive global assessment of available scientific information about the interactions between forests and poverty, and to prepare a report to inform relevant international policy processes and the discussions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related SDGs.  

The GFEP on Forests and Poverty will contribute to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by highlighting the nexus between SDG 1 on ending poverty and SDG 15 on life on land, as well as relevant links to SDG 8 on decent work and economic growth, and SDG 10 on reduced inequalities.

A comprehensive peer-reviewed scientific report and associated policy brief on the topic will be published in the second half of 2020, providing input to the 2020 session of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2020) and the 75th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 75).