The European Commission stated that forests are an important ally in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss due to their function as carbon sinks and their ability to reduce the impact of climate change, for example by cooling cities, protecting against severe floods and reduce the impact of drought.
The European Commission today adopted the EU's New Forestry Strategy 2030, the flagship initiative of the European Green Deal, based on the EU's biodiversity strategy.
The Forest Strategy contributes to the package of measures proposed to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of at least 55% by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050 in the EU.
According to the press service of the European Commission, addressing social, economic and environmental aspects, the Forest Strategy is aimed at ensuring the multifunctionality of EU forests and emphasizes the key role of foresters.
The strategy is followed by The roadmap to plant 3 billion additional trees across Europe by 2030, fully sustainably respected - the right tree in the right place for the right goal.
Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President of the European Environment Agreement, said that Europe's forests are now under threat of extinction.
“For our water to be clean and our soil rich, we need healthy forests. The forests of Europe are under threat. That is why we will work to protect and restore them, improve forest management, and support foresters and rangers, ”he said.
The Strategy commits to strictly protect primary and old growth forests, restore degraded forests and ensure their sustainable management - in a way that preserves the vital ecosystem services that forests provide and on which society depends.
Let us remind you that it is planned to plant a billion new trees in Ukraine in the next three years. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy plans to increase the forest area in Ukraine and signed a corresponding decree on the launch of the Green Country environmental project.