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Report on forest condition in Europe

According to the 1996 Forest Condition Report, drawn up by the European Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, damage to forests increased slightly in 1995, compared with 1994, with almost one in five trees in the European Union showing clear signs o...
According to the 1996 Forest Condition Report, drawn up by the European Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, damage to forests increased slightly in 1995, compared with 1994, with almost one in five trees in the European Union showing clear signs of damage.

The report is based on the results of the 1995 forest damage survey carried out in the 15 Member States of the European Union and in 15 other European countries. Over 600,000 trees were examined on around 26,000 sample plots.

The survey showed that almost one in every five trees in the European Union (18.1% of the sample trees) has clear signs of damage (over 25% defoliation). This is 2.6% more than the previous year. The crown condition of almost all tree species deteriorated. The number of trees showing clear signs of damage was particularly high in Central Europe. As well as atmospheric pollution, the participating countries cited drought and insect attacks, in particular, as possible causes of damage. This underlines the need to continue and intensify investigations of the causes of forest damage.

The 1996 Forest Condition Report also contains a special chapter on a long-term, intensive forest-ecosystem monitoring programme which is also being implemented. This programme, which is coordinated by the European Commission, complements the annual forest-damage surveys, examining in detail the impact of atmospheric pollution and other factors damaging forest ecosystems.
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