EU forest strategy

The EU Forest Strategy seeks to increase “the quantity and quality of forests” in Europe, and “increase carbon sequestration through enhanced sinks and stocks” as a way to mitigate global warming, the European Commission said. [OlegRi / Shutterstock]

In its forest strategy tabled in July, the European Commission has underlined the crucial role played by forests in absorbing carbon dioxide and meeting the EU’s climate targets, setting out plans to plant 3 billion trees before the end of the decade.

But forests also fulfil other functions, like providing jobs to local communities and offering substitutes to fossil fuels, which also weigh in the balance when putting together an EU forest policy. Find out more in this EURACTIV special report.

[Edited by Alice Taylor]

 

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