Publications & Insight
EU 2040 climate target - what does it mean for forests?
In February 2024, the European Commission issued its 2040 climate target Communication, which proposes to reduce net greenhouse gases (GHG) by 90 per cent compared to 1990 levels.
Several elements of the Communication will have...
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EU independent science body criticises European inconsistency in climate policy and forests
Overlogging and climate change are causing the collapse of European forest carbon sinks, and the EU risks not even meeting weak 2030 Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) targets. There is therefore huge concern that...
Poland’s forest policies recently provoked national shame. Now they are a source of pride.
As the backlash against laws protecting nature intensifies across Europe, Augustyn Mikos charts how intense public pressure helped push forests centre stage in his country - and the lessons this holds for the rest of the EU.
How could European forests best benefit from the EU Forest Monitoring Law?
For decades, intensive forestry practices have meant that healthy biodiverse forests across the European Union (EU) have been replaced with trees that resemble crops. Intensive forest management not only degrades ecosystems, but...
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Forest Monitoring Law: a huge opportunity to advance climate and biodiversity goals
The proposed Forest Monitoring Law is a great step forward, but to truly deliver change on the ground it must also include a requirement for positive strategic action.
Commission resists efforts to sabotage Forest Monitoring Law - but only binding commitments will make it work
The European Commission’s proposal for a forest monitoring law, which was published today, is a commendable attempt to tackle the grave challenges facing European forests - yet does not require Member States to act on the data they will be required to gather on the state of their forests.
Protect the Forest Sweden’s new online tool makes forest monitoring accessible
A new mapping system enhances forest data transparency.
Conflicting and incomplete datasets underscore the need to harmonise forest monitoring
Biodiversity, climate and ecosystems policies rely on complete forest data, so it’s time for a forest monitoring law to ensure such data exists.
Closer-to-Nature Forestry Guidelines: a first attempt, but confusion remains. Now what?
The Commission should outline ways to make Closer-to-Nature Forestry Guidelines operational in a difficult world of competing interests