Position papers

Joint statement: The New EU Forest Strategy: 3 reasons to endorse the committee report

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.

2030 EU Climate Target Plan must better recognize the role of forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation

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.

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

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. 

Joint statement: The EU sector’s role in ensuring Sustainable Forest Management and conserving biodiversity

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.

Joint letter: The European forestry sector must be part of the future EU COVID-19 recovery plan

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.

Let’s build a future-fit Europe together! – EUSTAFOR’s messages to European Policymakers

EUSTAFOR addresses the new EU Commission and the European Parliament’s Members with messages presenting the views of the European state forest management organisations regarding the future role of forests in light of the European Green Deal published on 11 December 2019 by the European Commission.

Joint statement: Multifunctional European forests are crucial to reach the objectives of a European Green Deal

Given that the roles of forests and forestry extend well beyond carbon neutrality, we strongly believe that our sector should be centrally positioned in the upcoming discussions on how to defossilize the European Union while, at the same time, ensuring the sustainable development of European society and the green growth of the European economy.

EU Institutions urged to make R&I a priority within the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

Together with 92 other European associations representing key European research & innovation stakeholders, EUSTAFOR has signed a Joint statement urging the EU Institutions to make research, development and innovation a priority within the next Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027

European forest sector’s views on the EU TEG report on sustainable finance (taxonomy)

TEG report’s draft technical screening criteria for forestry creates legal uncertainty and ignores the long-term characteristics of forests

The role of forest management in the upcoming taxonomy regulation for sustainable investments

Joint Statement: The Role of Forest Management in the Upcoming Taxonomy Regulation for Sustainable Investments

Call for an updated and stronger EU Forest Strategy

Joint statement on the report from the European Commission on progress in the implementation of the Forest Strategy

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