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NGOs: "To protect nature and the climate, we must reform how bioenergy is treated in the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive"
This position paper, signed by 32 NGOs from across Europe, outlines how the EU can create a bioenergy policy that civil society and citizens can support.
A Just Transition
Conversations with foresters on the drawbacks of intensive forestry and the solutions offered by close-to-nature practices
NGOs support a Forest Strategy that addresses current challenges for forests
Forests are the bedrock of nature, our climate, and the European quality of life and way of life. Europe has a diversity of forests, but the challenges they face go beyond borders and require a new approach, encapsulated in the...
The European Parliament wants EU biodiversity policies to work for vulnerable peoples and to boost development
As United Nations biodiversity and climate meetings approach, the Parliament pushes for greater coherence among policies that affect conservation as well as the rights and livelihoods of people in timber producing countries.
Biodiversity and climate change: The EU needs a better set of monitoring tools
Funded forestry actions should demonstrate sustainability, but the European Court of Auditors find it is difficult to assess anything with current means of measuring
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...