While delivering additional carbon removals is understandable from the climate change mitigation strategy viewpoint, the push for offsetting more emissions by forests might result in additional pressures on forest ecosystems and liability issues for forest managers. Therefore, EUSTAFOR holds significant concerns regarding the placement of forests and forestry within the current proposal and believes the focus should be on those ecosystems where carbon removals can be enhanced in the medium or long term run through, among others, restoring degraded habitats.
EUSTAFOR considers the new EU Nature Restoration Law to be an important instrument to address biodiversity loss across Europe and set measures to reverse negative trends therein, provided the new law will be built on verified data and will set realistic targets, such as effective implementable restoration plans prepared at member states (MS) level to address areas in need of restoration. EUSTAFOR comments are based on the COM ENVI draft report and proposed amendments. We welcome the engagement of MEPs on this important topic; however, we list below our requests, recommendations and concerns on the approaches envisaged so far.
The publication of the progress report on the EU Bioeconomy strategy and the events organised under the Swedish Presidency of the EU Council proves that a new impetus must be given to bioeconomy. Bioeconomy is one of those silent revolutions that provides many concrete solutions to sustainable transitions. Big miss in the Green Deal, Europe is moving too slow considering the added value that could be generated by an upscale of bioeconomy especially in rural areas.
In the climate mitigation context, besides looking at how much CO2 can be removed from the atmosphere, the stronger focus should be on how to secure long-term flow of sustainable, renewable raw materials that will replace as much as possible the use of fossil-based materials, hence directly prevent the inflow of new non-biogenic carbon to the atmosphere.
the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) welcomes the European Union’s effort to take action to minimize global deforestation and forest degradation driven by its own consumption. At the same time, EUSTAFOR believes that, unfortunately, the proposal misses the unique chance to foster scaling up the good land management practices of European countries to a global level. Notably, EUSTAFOR regrets that very little effort was brought by the proposal to promote the European concept of sustainable and multifunctional forestry as a viable solution to maintain and expand forests around the world, while serving the needs of our planet and providing multiple services to society at large.
Joint Statement on a harmonised Forest Observation, Data Collection and Reporting Framework; Joint Statement on EU Nature Restoration Law – forestry perspective; Joint Statement on the Deforestation and Forest Degradation Regulation
Europe can rely on its remarkable forestry sector to be part of the solution to keeping unlocked , maintaining, and enhancing forest biodiversity. European forest owners and managers are, and always have been, strongly committed to actively pursuing and sustainably managing Europe’s forests to provide a viable home for biodiversity for current and future generations.
While forest managers and owners support the general objective of the EU initiative to curb global deforestation caused by EU consumption of certain products and commodities, we remain convinced that this should be achieved by strengthening existing governance frameworks for active and sustainable forest management.
|Joint Statements by European Forest Owners and Managers for the EU Forest Directors’ Meeting on the 20th October 2022
|Joint Statement: Sustainable Forest Management: Keeping the potential of forest biodiversity unlocked
|European Forest Owners and Managers’ considerations on the EC Proposal for a Deforestation and Forest Degradation Regulation