Forests and climate change

“We need a growing sink in order for the EU to achieve climate neutrality by 2050,” the Commission said in its 2030 climate proposals, calling for improved forest management as well as “re- and afforestation” initiatives to restore degraded land and preserve biodiversity. [© European Union 2018 (photo by Pavel Koubek)]

With its 2030 climate plan unveiled last month, the European Commission has put the spotlight on forests as Europe’s main “carbon sink,” saying their ability to store carbon dioxide must be preserved in order to reach the bloc’s climate goals.

In this Event Report, EURACTIV looks at Europe’s renewed attention to forests and climate change and how wood-based industries fit into the picture.

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