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Protection of the Community's forests against atmospheric pollution

The European Commission has published a proposal to extend the ongoing scheme for the protection of the Community's forests against atmospheric pollution.

The Community scheme for the protection of forests against atmospheric pollution was set up in 1986 by Regulation EEC No ...
The European Commission has published a proposal to extend the ongoing scheme for the protection of the Community's forests against atmospheric pollution.

The Community scheme for the protection of forests against atmospheric pollution was set up in 1986 by Regulation EEC No 3528/86. The scheme set up a network of permanent observation plots to carry out intensive and continuous surveillance of forest ecosystems. The data thus gathered is forwarded to the Commission by the Member States and used for the compilation of a regular forest damage survey.

Results from the systematic network show obvious trends in spatial and temporary distribution of forest damage over the entire area of the European Union. The Commission believes that only a continuation of these monitoring activities over a longer period will improve the understanding of the causal relationship between changes in forest ecosystems and the factors influencing it. It, therefore, proposes to extend the scheme by a further five years to the year 2001. The proposed budget for this five-year period is ECU 40 million.
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