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Strategy for the sustainable development of European forests

The European Commission has recently adopted a communication on the first forestry strategy for the EU, responding to a resolution of the Parliament on this subject. The strategy is based on the multifunctional nature of forests, such as its contribution to overall social and ...
The European Commission has recently adopted a communication on the first forestry strategy for the EU, responding to a resolution of the Parliament on this subject. The strategy is based on the multifunctional nature of forests, such as its contribution to overall social and economic development, especially in rural areas and the protection of the environment, notably in relation to biodiversity and climate change.

The strategy provides an essential contribution at a European level to the implementation of international commitments on the management, conservation and sustainable development of forests, such as those undertaken during the Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe, in Strasbourg, 1990, Helsinki, 1993 and Lisbon 1998. It also covers the issue of the certification of sustainably managed forests in Europe. In this respect, the Commission establishes a number of principles to be respected and indicates its intention to consider the need for possible EU action by further analysis of ongoing initiatives in the Member States and at a pan-European level.

On the adoption of the communication, the European Commissioner responsible for the environment, Mrs Ritt Bjerregaard, stated that "the importance of forests in Europe in environmental terms cannot be understated as they occupy more than one-third of the EU's land mass. Forests are diverse with wide ranging ecological characteristics, including biodiversity, local and regional climates, water and soil protection. The protection of the forest heritage is central to our commitment to environmental integration and I welcome the strong environmental emphasis in the strategy."
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