Forest & Biodiversity Strategies

Forest and biodiversity

Forest & Biodiversity Strategies

Under the European Green Deal, the Commission has announced a new EU forest strategy that will build on its biodiversity strategy, to cover the whole forest cycle and promote the many services forests provide. The strategy will aim to ensure healthy & resilient forests that contribute to biodiversity, climate goals & secure livelihoods, and that support a circular bioeconomy. It will focus on EU forest protection, restoration & sustainable management, and on world forests where not already covered.

In May, the Commission published a Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, with the aim to put EU biodiversity on the path to recovery by 2030. One of the core commitments in the Strategy is to propose, by the end of 2021, a legally binding instrument setting EU targets to restore damaged ecosystems by 2030. Lessons learnt from the policy period 2011-2020 will be considered in the implementation of the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, in order to improve the design and delivery of key actions.

EPF members are part of the downstream community of the EU Forest-Based Industries, and are thus dependent on the forest for a large part of their raw material base.  EPF aims to support both the new forest strategy and the biodiversity strategy to ensure that this valuable resource remains available to existing, carbon positive industries, such as wood-based panels, on a sustainable, level playing field basis, whilst at the same time enhancing the carbon sink that is Europe’s forests and forest services.