Though EU policy aims to give equal weight to the 'commercial interests' versus 'ecological interests' of forests, in practice, commercial interests have dominated. This is concerning given that forests can help mitigate the effects of climate change, but are under threat from climate change itself.
European forests are losing out in terms of health and biodiversity. EU forest-related policies have so far been inadequate to ensure forest protection. The report outlines why this is, and recommends policy actions that are urgently needed to protect forests in the EU.