Green Deal for Europe: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests

 

The European Commission has adopted the new EU Forest Strategy 2030, a flagship initiative of the Green Deal for Europe that builds on the EU's biodiversity strategy by 2030.

The strategy contributes to the package of measures proposed to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 55% by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050 in the EU. It also helps the EU to deliver on its commitment to enhance carbon removals from natural sinks in accordance with climate law.

By tackling social, economic and environmental aspects together, the Forest Strategy aims to ensure the multifunctionality of EU forests and underlines the central role that foresters play. Forests are essential allies in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss. They are carbon sinks and help us reduce the effects of climate change, including cooling cities, protecting us from significant flooding and reducing the effects of drought.

Unfortunately, Europe's forests are under many pressures of various kinds, including those linked to climate change. The Forest Strategy sets out a vision and concrete measures to increase the number and quality of forests in the EU and strengthen their protection, restoration and resilience.

More information is available in a press release and in the Questions and Answers on the new EU forest strategy 2030.