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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

Rural Development Programme and forests in Poland

A powerpoint presentation given at the FERN seminar ' Raising awareness of forest funding via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development by Pavol Polak and Krystyna Stachura. November 2007.
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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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Funding forests into the future. The case of Ireland.

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, Hungary,  Portugal and Romania.

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Funding forests into the future. The case of Mainland Finland.

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, Ireland, Hungary,  Portugal and Romania.

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