The European State Forest Association

The European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) represents commercially-oriented state forest companies, enterprises and agencies that have sustainable forest management (SFM) and sustainable wood production as major concerns.

The Association currently has 35 members in 24 European countries.

Forests, Biodiversity and Sustainable Forest Management – an inseparable trio thriving together

When you take a walk in the forest, what do you see? Trees, birds, animals or flowers. But forests, including forest biodiversity, are built on much more than that. It is not always easy to see and understand how individual tree species absorb water from the soil or can react to light in such different ways. It is also not easy to draw a connection between what we see in forests with what we use in our daily lives, such as books or wooden chairs and tables. Nor is it easy to see and understa...

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The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 must be balanced, realistic and feasible

The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 “Bringing nature back into our lives” has been published today by the European Commission (EC). EUSTAFOR generally welcomes the EC’s efforts to develop this new Strategy as one of the paths towards the EU Green Deal and the Global Biodiversity Framework. However, to fulfill its purpose, the Strategy needs to build upon sound scientific knowledge and verifiable facts. Its objectives and targets should be ambitious, but realistic and feasible. "Su...

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#ForestBiodiversity video series: The contribution of Sustainable Forest Management in preserving forest biodiversity

The #ForestBiodiversity campaign is powered by the European forest and forest-based sector to provide insight into the contribution of sustainable forest management (SFM) in conserving and enhancing forest biodiversity. Forests make vital contributions to both people and the planet, bolstering livelihoods, providing multiple ecosystem services, including biodiversity and climate change mitigation. Sustainable management maintains Europe’s forests as a healthy, resilient and biodiverse n...

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EU Biodiversity Targets 2030 must be balanced, realistic and feasible - 5 policy recommendations from EU state forests

Prior to the announcement of the EU Biodiversity Strategy, the European State Forests highlights 5 policy recommendations to make the Strategy's targets for 2030 realistic and feasible. Conservation targets should be supported by a solid assessment of the current biodiversity status and trends in the EU; Restoration commitment requires properly defined objectives; Clarifying the concepts of “primary” forests and “old-growth” forests; New targets need to be realistic, fe...

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