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New EU forest strategy for 2030

To improve the quantity and quality of EU forests

Objectives

The strategy sets a vision and concrete actions to improve the quantity and quality of EU forests and strengthen their protection, restoration and resilience. It aims to adapt Europe’s forests to the new conditions, weather extremes and high uncertainty brought about by climate change. This is a precondition for forests to continue delivering their socio-economic functions, and to ensure vibrant rural areas with thriving populations.

Headlines

The new EU forest strategy will support the socio-economic functions of forests for thriving rural areas and boosting forest-based bio-economy within sustainability boundaries. It will also protect, restore and enlarge the EU’s forests to combat climate change, reverse biodiversity loss and ensure resilient and multifunctional forest ecosystems by

  • promoting the sustainable forest bioeconomy for long-lived wood products
  • ensuring sustainable use of wood-based resources for bioenergy
  • promoting non-wood forest-based bioeconomy, including ecotourism
  • developing skills and empowering people for sustainable forest-based bioeconomy
  • protecting EU’s last remaining primary and old-growth forests
  • ensuring forest restoration and reinforced sustainable forest management for climate adaptation and forest resilience
  • re- and afforestation of biodiverse forests, including by planting 3 billion additional trees by 2030
  • providing financial incentives for forest owners and managers for improving the quantity and quality of EU forests

The strategy also focuses on

  • strategic forest monitoring, reporting and data collection
  • developing a strong research and innovation agenda to improve our knowledge on forests
  • implementing an inclusive and coherent EU forest governance framework
  • stepping up implementation and enforcement of existing EU acquis

Timeline

Key dates related to the new EU forest strategy

  1. 14 July 2021
    Publication of the new EU forest strategy for 2030
  2. 20 May 2020
    Publication of the EU biodiversity strategy for 2030
  3. 11 December 2019
    Publication of the European Green Deal

News

News article |

Today, the Commission together with the European Environment Agency (EEA), are publishing a data tool – MapMyTree – for all organisations to join the pledge of planting three billion additional trees by 2030, register and map their planted trees to count the EU target.