Ministries split on the Forest Strategy
Member State governments must be fearless in putting forests, climate and public interests dead centre in the upcoming discussion on the Forest Strategy.
How bioenergy harms biodiversity: the facts
Intensive forest management is having devastating impacts on wildlife and biodiversity in the EU. This has increased since bioenergy was incentivised as a renewable form of energy under the Renewable Energy Directive. Scientists,...
Five ways the EU can ensure forests support EU climate and biodiversity goals
To tackle the climate crisis, EU land and forests need to absorb more carbon dioxide, but the opposite is happening. EU forest health and biodiversity is declining, even in EU forests protected by legislation. Half of all the wood...
One Planet: EU heads of state commit to nature protection targets and deforestation regulation
EU heads of state made new commitments to protect the world’s forests at the One Planet Summit, hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, 11 January 2021.
More than 50 countries joined a pledge to protect 30 per cent of the...
A ‘Just Transition’ for European Forestry is needed
The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe (Forest Europe), a high-level intergovernmental process involving 46 European countries and the EU, issues a report on the State of European Forests every five...
The EU's watershed deforestation moment?
This week Ursula von der Leyen signalled the EU’s desire to lead the world in the fight against global deforestation. But if the key drivers of deforestation aren’t addressed, progress will remain limited.
Estonian forest politics in 2020: conflict intensifies
Almost a year ago, avid readers of Fern’s guest blogs learned that Estonian environmental NGOs were under pressure for challenging those spearheading the destruction of some of our country’s most precious habitats.
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Ireland’s managed forests are net carbon emitters
Ireland’s managed forests emit more carbon dioxide (CO2) than they store − a bizarre perversion of what forests normally do: absorb CO2. This startling revelation is found in Ireland’s National Forest Accounting Plan, required as...
EU legislation reveals steep decline in carbon stored in European forests
By 2025, European forests are likely to hold 18% less carbon than in the early 2000s, according to disturbing new information published today by the European Commission.
The new figures have been released under the EU’s Land Use,...
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Battle of Forest Strategy visions: Industry prevails, nature loses
The European Parliament (EP) has chosen between opposing visions of the EU’s future Forest Strategy. MEP Petri Sarvamaa of the Agriculture Committee (AGRI) proposed an own-initiative report that runs counter to the goals of the...