The current proposed revision of the REDII sustainability criteria comes at a time when the transposition of the 2018 recast Directive has yet to be completed by most Member States. Delays in the adoption of the Operational Guidance for forest biomass and other secondary legislation, leave the sector increasingly concerned about the utter lack of clarity surrounding the regulatory environment on the EU’s most important source of renewable energy.
While the future EU Forest Strategy post-2020 is expected to be published on 20 July, the EU forest and forest-based sector has very deep concerns about the draft which is currently in inter-service consultation within the European Commission. The views expressed by the sector over the last months have, unfortunately, not been taken into consideration in the draft. In addition, the calls from the European Parliament and Council regarding the new Strategy appear to have been overlooked.
Over the last years, the EU and international forest policy frameworks have strongly evolved and the crucial role of forests and the forest-based sector is widely recognized by the EU Green Deal, among others. EUSTAFOR strongly believes the future Strategy should serve as a tool to reconcile other forest-related policies so that the demands placed on forests by policymakers neither diminish their multifunctional character nor allow one objective to dominate all others. Ten policy messages are proposed as the input from SFMOs to the ongoing debate on the key objectives of the EU FS post-2020.
Ahead of the European Parliament’s vote on the report “The European Forest Strategy – The way forward” planned for next week, the EU forest and forest-based sector would like to share three reasons why the report voted in the AGRI committee should be supported. In our opinion, the report provides the upcoming EU Forest Strategy with all the essential ingredients to allow forests and the forest-based sector to play their central roles in achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal, including climate neutrality by 2050.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has made the climate neutrality objective by 2050 one of the top political priorities within the EU Green Deal. As announced in the recently published 2030 Climate Target Plan, a balanced, realistic, and prudent pathway to climate neutrality by 2050 requires an emissions reduction target of 55% by 2030. However, what exactly this will bring in the future and how this will be accomplished still remains very unclear.
This position paper analyzes the potential consequences of the announced Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 on forest management, in particular in European state forests. 5 policy recommendations are highlighted by the European state forests to make the Strategy's targets for 2030 balanced, realistic and feasible.
For the sustainable development and resilience of EU forests, including biodiversity conservation, the following issues raised by the European forest and the forest-based sectors need to be considered in the upcoming EU Biodiversity Strategy: (1) SFM is the ABC of biodiversity conservation in forests; (2) Are more restrictions the best way to preserve forests?; and (3) The future EU Forest Strategy should pave the way.
The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 is having a significant impact on forests and forestry in a growing number of European regions. In the context of the ongoing discussion on the EU recovery plan, and on the EU Green Deal, the forest owners and managers has jointly shared their concerns about the current situation to the representatives of the Croation Presidency of the EU, the European Commission and the European Parliament. In this letter, the reasons why the forestry sector should be part of the EU recovery plan were clearly addressed.
|28/09/2020||Joint statement: The New EU Forest Strategy: 3 reasons to endorse the committee report|
|25/09/2020||2030 EU Climate Target Plan must better recognize the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation|
|19/05/2020||EU Biodiversity Targets for 2030 must be balanced, realistic and feasible – 5 policy recommendations from EU state forests|
|15/05/2020||Joint statement: The EU sector’s role in ensuring Sustainable Forest Management and conserving biodiversity|
|05/05/2020||Joint letter: The European forestry sector must be part of the future EU COVID-19 recovery plan|
|23/12/2019||Let’s build a future-fit Europe together! – EUSTAFOR’s messages to European Policymakers|
|11/10/2019||Joint statement: Multifunctional European forests are crucial to reach the objectives of a European Green Deal|
|16/09/2019||EU Institutions urged to make R&I a priority within the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027|
|06/09/2019||European forest sector’s views on the EU TEG report on sustainable finance (taxonomy)|
|21/03/2019||Joint Statement: Climate change and forest fires in Europe – Downward circle must be avoided!|
|19/02/2019||The role of forest management in the upcoming taxonomy regulation for sustainable investments|
|11/01/2019||Call for an updated and stronger EU Forest Strategy|
|03/12/2018||Forests and the forest sector should play an active role in climate change mitigation and adaptation|
|17/10/2018||Joint Statement prior to the publication of the mid-term review of the EU Forest Strategy|
|19/09/2018||Joint Statement on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe|
|17/09/2018||A bottom-up approach to the use of forest biomass|
|02/07/2018||Open letter to the European Commission: European forest-based industries call on the extension of the scope of the EU Timber Regulation to ensure that wood-based products sold on the European market are safe from illegal logging regardless of their origin|
|11/04/2018||Joint Statement on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe|
|06/03/2018||Sustainable Forestry for Rural Livelihoods – EUSTAFOR’s seven recommendations to further enhance rural development policy post-2020 – for people, climate and the economy|
|22/11/2017||Sustainable forestry enables the bioeconomy Eight policy messages – European State Forests look ahead to a renewed Bioeconomy Strategy|
|02/05/2017||Joint Position Paper on the Renewable Energy Directive (recast)|
|20/02/2017||EUSTAFOR Position Paper on the LULUCF and ESR Proposals|
|13/01/2017||Joint letter on the Draft Code of Conduct for Planted Forest and Invasive Alien Trees (Bern Convention)|
|12/10/2016||Joint Statement Working Group on the future direction of FOREST EUROPE|
|08/07/2016||EUSTAFOR Position Paper on the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives and Their Implementation in State Forests|
|20/10/2015||Joint Statement Extraordinary Ministerial Conference|
|20/10/2015||Joint Statement 7th Ministerial Conference|
|20/10/2015||EUSTAFOR Statement at Roundtable 4|
|17/07/2015||Bioenergy Has an Important Role to Play in EU Post 2020 Climate and Energy Policy|
|31/10/2014||European Forest Sector Calls for Continued and Strengthened Efforts for a Future Legally Binding Agreement (LBA) on Forests in Europe|
|21/10/2014||Joint Statement on the Draft European Standard for Bio-Based Products – Sustainability Criteria|
|11/12/2013||EUSTAFOR Statement on the New EU Forest Strategy|
|25/11/2013||Joint Statement on Cascade Use of Wood|
|07/11/2013||European private and state forest owners and managers call for a definite and positive conclusion of INC negotiations on a LBA on Forests in Europe|
|16/07/2013||Joint Letter to Mr. José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, on the EU Forest Strategy|
|13/05/2013||EUSTAFOR and CEPF Joint Position: Review of the Legislation on the Marketing of Seed and Plant Propagating Material|
|18/03/2013||EUSTAFOR, CEPF, CEI-Bois and CEPI Joint Statement on New EU Forest Strategy|
|13/12/2012||EUSTAFOR, CEPF, CEI-Bois and CEPI Joint Statement on New EU Forest Strategy|
|19/11/2012||EUSTAFOR and CEPF Joint Position: Forest owners question binding EU sustainability criteria for solid biomass|
|03/09/2012||EUSTAFOR Statement for the 2nd Session of Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on a Legally BIding Agreement on Forests in Europe|
|29/08/2012||Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)|
|30/03/2012||Forest Sector’s Joint Position to the New EU Forest Strategy|
|27/02/2012||Forest Owner’s joint contribution to the First Session of the International Negotiating Committee on a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe|
|21/11/2011||EUSTAFOR Position Paper: No Mandatory Criteria on Solid Biomass at this Stage|
|22/03/2011||EUSTAFOR Position Paper on sustainability measures at EU level for solid biomass from forestry|
|22/02/2011||Forestry Sector’s Joint Position Paper on the Forest Component in the Post 2013 CAP|
|15/02/2011||EUSTAFOR Position Paper on the Financing of NATURA 2000|
|12/10/2010||EUSTAFOR Position Paper on Biodiversity|
|30/09/2010||EUSTAFOR Position Paper on Rural Development|
|20/05/2010||EUSTAFOR Position Paper on Green Paper on Forest Protection|
|08/01/2010||EUSTAFOR Position Paper on the EU 2020 Strategy|
|13/03/2009||Forest Owner’s Joint Letter to EP ENV Committee on the draft regulation on deforestation and forest degradation|
|09/03/2009||Forest Owner’s Joint Letter to ENV Council on the draft regulation on deforestation and forest degradation|
|16/07/2008||EUSTAFOR Position Paper on the EC forthcoming proposal on legislation to combat illegal logging and trade|
|01/04/2008||Forest Owners Joint Position Paper on RES Directive|