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EU Forest Strategy and EU Forest Action Plan

There is no specific forest policy in the EU, and consequently policies affecting forests are found under a range of topics such as environment, rural development, industry, trade, etc. The EU Forestry Strategy adopted in 1998, acted as a response to concerns about the lack of coherence and coordination between national forest policies and different forest related EU policies. Though the non-legally binding Forestry Strategy represents the first significant attempt to create an EU-wide framework for forests, its development and implementation have left much to be desired.

A review of the implementation of the Forestry Strategy in 2005 revealed that there was a need to strengthen coherence between EU policies, as well as coordination between the European Commission and Member States. It also suggested a more coherent and pro-active approach to governing the EU’s forest resources. This led to the tabling and adoption in 2006 of the EU Forest Action Plan for the period 2007-2011. The document is however, fraught with internal contradictions. The vagueness of the concept of multifunctionality for example, raises serious questions about how the potential conflicts between environmental, social and economic components are to be resolved. In 2009, the mid-term evaluation of the EU Forest Action Plan concluded that its activities have been ineffective on most counts.

FERN comments and briefing notes on the Forestry Strategy and the EU Forest Action Plan

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Forest watch Issue 137

  • Fossil Fools day 2009 targets the G20
  • India: The hidden costs of free trade
  • Natura 2000 and CEPF
  • Urging recognition of forest peoples’ rights
  • Liberia negotiations begin
  • EU calendar online
  • FERN moves to Mundo-B
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Forestwatch Issue 134

  • Wood criteria threaten green procurement
  • Civil society gagged
  • Forest offsets remain excluded from ETS – for now
  • Ilisu Dam: not dead yet
  • EU biodiversity goals: Failure in progress
  • FERN/Forest Peoples Programme Poznan Special
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Forestwatch Issue 132

  • FSC must improve its performance
  • Biofuel bonus
  • Council prepares for Poznan
  • ASEAN inches toward human rights organ
  • Clearer guidelines for Natura 2000
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Forestwatch Issue 129

  • Congo VPA process launched
  • Forest funding questioned
  • MEPs vote for reduced agrofuel target
  • Is EC aid ready to fulfil its sustainability target?
  • US bans illegal timber
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Funding forests into the future

Looking at how the European Fund for Rural Development affects  Europe's forests, this report is the culmination of research and  reports from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Ireland, Hungary,  Portugal and Romania. It reveals that the Commission's own safety net of having NGO consultation and partnership has been routinely ignored and comes up with a series of recommendations to ensure the Rural Development Fund reduces biodiversity loss across Europe.

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Rural Development Programme and forests in Slovakia

A presentation By Pavol Polak on a FERN seminar 'Raising awareness of forest funding via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, held in Brussels in November 2007
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