Publications & Insight
Ten things the legislative proposal on EU forest observation, reporting and data collection needs to consider
Member States are presently required to undertake limited EU level forest monitoring. This is problematic since forests are key to meeting EU biodiversity and climate goals, and there is a fast deteriorating trend in both. The...
EU Member State positions could have a profoundly negative impact on forests
Overnight, EU energy and environment ministers agreed on their positions on two files that are crucial for the fate of EU forests: the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) and the Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry...
Nature Restoration Law offers hope for EU’s stricken forests
The European Commission's proposal for a new Nature Restoration Law sets ground-breaking, legally binding targets to end the spiral of destruction afflicting the EU's ecosystems, including its forests. For the first time, the...
LULUCF: Inching toward genuine progress
Plenary LULUCF vote in Parliament moves important issues in the right direction.
Worrying news from Finland's and Estonia’s forests
Recent data from Finnish and Estonian forests show how bad forest management can aggravate the climate crisis
LULUCF: A Clear Steer for Increased Ambition, but far from original hopes
In its latest vote on Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry, the European Parliament endorsed a higher target for the amount of carbon dioxide that should be removed from EU land. The vote also acknowledged the importance of...
Historic vote on no longer burning trees for energy needs to be defended
For the first time, a major EU regulatory body has concluded that one of the EU’s most climate-wrecking policies of the last decade - incentivising the burning of forests in the name of renewable energy - has to stop.
News, Forest Watch
Commission response urgently needed: A wall on the Polish-Belarus border threatens Białowieża Forest
NGOs, scientists and locals unite to oppose the construction of a harmful barrier in one of Europe’s last remaining old-growth forests. Built to stop 20,000 refugees, the wall is a symbol of Poland’s inconsistent migration policy.
Open Letter: Include ambitious restoration targets in the EU Nature Restoration Law
An open letter to the Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, on behalf of environmental and social justice organisations in Sweden, Finland, Estonia and across Europe.