Ecosystem services of EU forests

This article is part of our special report European forests and climate change.

Forests cover 40% of Europe’s territory and provide a multitude of ecosystem services that contribute to the health of the environment and human wellbeing.

The EU contains about 5% of the world’s forests, 60% of which are privately owned. European forests have expanded continuously over the last 60 years and now cover around 160 million hectares.

Disclaimer: This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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