Forestry and climate change

“We need a growing sink in order for the EU to achieve climate neutrality by 2050,” the EU executive said in its 2030 climate target plan, presented in September 2020. [Gilles San Martin / Flickr]

The capacity of forests to act as a “carbon sink” – absorbing more CO2 than they emit – is decreasing and needs to be reversed, the European Commission said in September 2020 when it presented its 2030 climate target plan.

“We need a growing sink in order for the EU to achieve climate neutrality by 2050,” the EU executive said, calling for improved forest management as well as “re- and afforestation” initiatives to restore degraded land and preserve biodiversity.

In this special report, EURACTIV looks at Europe’s upcoming forest strategy and how it intends to plant “at least 3 billion additional trees in the EU by 2030.”

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