The Global Forest Expert Panels (GFEP) initiative is 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 governments and intergovernmental processes related to forests and trees with existing scientific expertise. Rather than conducting new research, the Initiative is designed to consolidate available information and expertise in relevant fields.

GFEP produces assessment reports on key issues that reflect state-of-the-art understanding of the subject matter and are written so that they are comprehensible to policy makers and stakeholders. The reports are prepared by thematic Expert Panels consisting of internationally recognized scientific experts in their field. All reports undergo rigorous peer review. The number and frequency of reports is determined by the information needs and requests coming from the intergovernmental processes.

GFEP was launched as "Joint CPF initiative on Forest Science and Technology" and later renamed. View/download the GFEP Concept Note.