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European forests: Reports

What impact has the Renewable Energy Directive had on EU forests?

The EU Renewable Energy Directive was launched in 2009 to great fanfare and the promise that the EU would fulfil at least 20 per cent of its total energy needs with renewables. Few could have guessed that a policy intended to help the EU meet climate goals would lead to vast increases in the burning of wood, degrading forests in Europe and beyond. See a summary of the new research commissioned by Fern, Birdlife Europe and Transport & Environment:
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Forests in danger: failures of EU policy and what needs to change

Though EU policy aims to give equal weight to the 'commercial interests' versus 'ecological interests' of forests, in practice, commercial interests have dominated.  This is concerning given that forests can help mitigate the effects of climate change, but are under threat from climate change itself.

European forests are losing out in terms of health and biodiversity. EU forest-related policies have so far been inadequate to ensure forest protection. The report outlines why this is, and recommends policy actions that are urgently needed to protect forests in the EU.

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What changes are needed? The implementation of EU's Rural Development Policy

This report follows up FERN’s earlier study “Funding forests into the future? How the European Fund for Rural Development affects Europe’s forests”. It focuses on how national programmes – and more specifically their forestry measures – have been implemented in six countries. The key questions that are looked at in the report include: What, if anything, have the individual countries done to address the issues raised in 2008, and can implementation of the RDPs do anything to improve forestry management practices and encourage forest conservation? 

 

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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.

Individual country reports in the series are available from www.fern.org

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Funding forests into the future. The case of Hungary.

This series of reports commissioned by FERN looks at the extent to which programmes funded by the Europe Commission are fulfilling the promise of the Rural Development Regulation to protect forests and biodiversity.

Other reports in the series include Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Portugal and Romania.

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Funding forests into the future. The case of Romania.

This series of reports commissioned by FERN looks at the extent to which programmes funded by the Europe Commission are fulfilling the promise of the Rural Development Regulation to protect forests and biodiversity.

Other reports in the series include Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Hungary and Portugal.

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Funding forests into the future. The case of Portugal.

This series of reports commissioned by FERN looks at the extent to which programmes funded by the Europe Commission are fulfilling the promise of the Rural Development Regulation to protect forests and biodiversity.

Other reports in the series include Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland and Romania.

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Most recent publications

LULUCF: EU misses key chance to deliver on Paris Agreement

(Brussels), December 14, 2017 - Two years after the Paris Agreement was adopted, the EU today missed a

golden chance to deploy its forests in the ght against climate change.

The EU today nalised carbon accounting rules on land and forests (known as the LULUCF Regulation). This is the rst attempt to amend legislation previously full of loopholes, and the new accounting rules o er greater transparency. They are marred however, by a serious lack of ambition. 

Blog: Białowieża forest struggle is symptomatic of a greater ill

 

As Polish authorities disregard national protests and international pressure to stop logging, activists face increasing hostility in order to protect Białowieża, Europe’s last primeval forest. Activists estimate that 600-900 trees are felled daily.

EU’s Environment Committee recognises role of forests in fighting climate change but fails on bioenergy

The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) Committee today voted to increase removals of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by forests from 2030 onwards, recognising the important role that EU fore

What impact has the Renewable Energy Directive had on EU forests?

The EU Renewable Energy Directive was launched in 2009 to great fanfare and the promise that the EU would fulfil at least 20 per cent of its total energy needs with renewables. Few could have guessed that
a policy intended to help the EU meet climate goals would lead to vast increases in the burning of wood, degrading forests in Europe and beyond.
 
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PDF iconFull report489.12 KB
PDF iconReport summary310.81 KB

One step forward, two steps back for EU on climate and forests

Today, the European Parliament took one step forward and two steps back for the climate and forests.

Read the full Press Release

On a positive front, the Environment Committee voted to strengthen the EU’s climate target for the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) - which covers the agriculture, waste, buildings and transport sectors - by reducing the amount of ‘LULUCF offsets’ they had access to by 90 million tons of CO2.

Arctic Limits: How Finland’s forest policies threaten the Sámi and the climate

Finland is a test case in the fight against climate change. As the world edges closer to breaching the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global temperature rises below 2 degrees, forests have become increasingly important in discussions around how to battle climate change.

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