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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,...
News, Forest Watch
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...
News, Forest Watch
The European Parliament votes to protect ambition of the Climate Law
In a plenary vote on 8 October 2020, the European Parliament (EP) protected the European Union’s climate ambition by approving Jytte Guteland’s report on the EU Climate Law. The report endorses a 60 per cent emission reductions...
Biodiversity and Carbon Neutrality: The role of EU law
The European Commission has outlined pathways to carbon neutrality in 2050 all of which require negative emissions. The most cost-effective, readily available negative emission comes from forests and other ecosystems, which absorb...
EU Forests of Hope
How community restoration and management of forests can help meet climate goals
European Forests, European Lives: Exhibition reveals forests' importance to Europeans
Throughout 2019, Luka Tomac collected stories from Germany, Sweden, Estonia and Latvia, bringing them together for an exhibition at the European Commission “European Forests, European lives” which puts faces to Europe’s forest stories to remind policy makers that there is a huge difference between tree plantations and real healthy forests. It aims to convince them that our forests deserve to not just be protected, but to also be restored.
Primeval forests may have won in Slovakia’s election
Slovakia’s recent vote slows the spread of populism and offers hope for the nation’s primeval beech forests.
Increased clearcutting in Lithuania’s Natura 2000 sites demands a rapid response
A fight is heating up in Lithuania over government-authorised clearcutting in national and regional parks, many of which are also protected under the Natura 2000 network.
The conflict began more than a year ago: the Seimas,...
Month of hope for Germany’s Hambach forest
Communities battling to save the last 10 per cent of Germany’s Hambach forest are celebrating the temporary suspension of logging granted by an administrative court in Münster on 5 October 2018. The suspension came after German...