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European Forests

Fern’s aim is to push for forestry practice and conservation in Europe which halt biodiversity loss and protect important habitats.


Fern’s analysis: Of all ecosystems, forests are home to the largest number of species on the continent and provide important environmental functions, such as the conservation of biodiversity and the protection of water and soil. In the EU, forests and other wooded land now cover 155 million ha and 21 million ha respectively (more than 42 per cent of the EU land area). The majority of these forests consist of semi-natural stands and plantations and only about 5 per cent of the forests are “natural or undisturbed by human activity”. Thirty per cent of pan-European forests are now dominated by one single tree species, 50 per cent are forests of 2 or 3 species. About 87 per cent of European forests (excluding the Russian Federation) are even aged (MCPFE, State of European forests 2007).

EU powers over forest management in Member States are limited, and consequently, policies affecting forests are found under a range of topics such as environment, rural development, industry, trade, etc. However, these policies are often not coherent and are not effective enough to guarantee improved forest management and increased forest protection. 

 

To learn more about this campaign: the best documents to read is Funding forests into the future

 

Most recent publications

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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