New EU Forest Strategy for 2030

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Series Details COM (2021) 572
Publication Date 16/07/2021
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Communication published by the European Commission on 16 July 2021, setting out a new EU Forest Strategy for 2030 in the framework of the European Green Deal.

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This Strategy sets a vision and actions for increasing the quantity and quality of forests in the European Union (EU) and strengthening their protection, restoration and resilience. It addresses social, economic and environmental aspects, aiming to ensure the multifunctionality of EU forests. It also highlights the role played by foresters.

The Communication was unveiled by the European Commission on 16 July 2021. It is accompanied by a roadmap for planting three billion additional trees across Europe by 2030. It is seen as a flagship initiative of the European Green Dealand it builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. It also contributes to the outcomes expected from the Fit for 55 package of initiatives.

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CEPF: Press Release, 03/02/2021: The EU Forest Strategy post-2020 must also be a strategy with and for forest owners and managers!
CEPI: Press Release, 16/07/2021: New forest strategy misses the opportunity to maximise climate mitigation effect of the forest-based sector
WWF: News, 16/07/2021: EU Forest Strategy hampered by shortsighted interests
FERN: Press Release, 16/07/2021: Forest Strategy: Encouraging but too timid to face up to the challenge

The Guardian, 16/07/2021: ‘Enough with the burning’: EU executive accused of sacrificing forests
Bloomberg, 16/07/2021: EU Plans to Plant Three Billion Trees Under Forestry Strategy
The Baltic Times, 16/07/2021: EU adopts forest strategy to protect old forests, plant 3 billion new trees
Agriland, 16/07/2021: ‘Extensive consultation needed with Irish forestry owners’ – EU commissioner
Delfi (Lithuania), 18/07/2021: EU adopts forest strategy to protect old forests, plant 3 billion new trees
The Helsinki Times, 19/07/2021: Finland’s handprint is on EU forest strategy, gauge stakeholders
EUObserver, 19/07/2021: EU to plant three billion trees by 2030 under new forestry plan

EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)651: Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication - The 3 Billion Tree Planting Pledge For 2030
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)652: Staff Working Document accompanying the Communication - Stakeholder consultation and evidence base
European Commission: Press Release, 16/07/2021: European Green Deal: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests
European Commission: Questions and Answers: European Green Deal: new EU Forest Strategy for 2030 (16 July 2021)
European Commission: Statement delivered by Commissioner Sinkevičius during the press conference on EU Forest Strategy (16 July 2021)
Greens/EFA Group: Press Release, 16/07/2021: New Forest Strategy gives hope for both biodiversity and climate goals
EPP Group: Newsroom, 16/07/2021: Sustainable forestry must be economically sustainable

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