The concepts of policy coordination and integration are theoretically appealing but rather difficult to implement in practice. This paper reviews the emergence of the requirement of policy coordination in international and national forest policy and analyses the Swiss case of the National Forest Programme against the theoretical background of coordination, particularly intersectoral negative and positive coordination. It finds that from a procedural point of view intersectoral coordination attempts result in the opening up of the forest policy sector, formerly rather confined to itself. On a programme level, however, mixed solutions of different forms of coordination are suggested, indicating a preference for bilateral coordination among specific policy sectors. Overall, the coordination attempts in national forest policy indicate that several steps are to be taken in order to proceed towards high level decision for integrated policy strategies in environment and sustainable development.