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Don't miss our latest info on the noticeboard !Forest Focus

Regulation

Regulation (EC) No 2152/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 November 2003 concerning monitoring of forests and environmental interactions in the Community (Forest Focus), repealed by Regulation (EC) No 614/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Financial Instrument for the Environment.

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1737/2006 of 7 November 2006 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Regulation (EC) No 2152/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning monitoring of forests and environmental interactions in the Community

Objective

To establish a Community scheme for harmonised, broad-based, comprehensive and long-term monitoring of European forest ecosystems.

Summary

The purpose of Regulation (EC)2152/2003 is the establishment of a Community scheme on monitoring of forests and environmental interactions to protect the Community’s forests. The scheme is built on the achievements of two Council regulations for monitoring the impacts of atmospheric pollution (Council Regulation (EEC)3528/86) and of fires (Council Regulation (EEC)2158/92) on forest ecosystems.

Aims

To implement forest monitoring activities, in particular in the following areas:

  • monitoring and protection of forests against atmospheric pollution;
  • monitoring and protection of forests against fires;
  • monitoring of biodiversity, climate change, carbon sequestration and soils.

It also supports the establishment of forest fire prevention measures.

Follow-up of Forest Focus

Since Regulation (EC) 2152/2003 concerning monitoring of forests and environmental interactions in the Community (Forest Focus) expired in 2006, the follow-up is given by the Regulation (EC) No 614/2007 concerning the Financial Instrument for the Environment (the so-called LIFE+, which runs from 2007 to 2013).

A study on the development and review of the Forest Focus scheme (pdf 1,5MB) has been delivered by the external consultants Forest Research and METLA. It analyses the forest monitoring scheme 2003-2006 and gives recommendations for an improved monitoring under the new financial perspectives 2007-2013.

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Implementation of the Regulation

In January 2008 an interim implementation report SEC(2008)30 was published by the Commission together with a Staff Working Document. The objective of the report was to answer Article 19 of the Forest Focus Regulation and inform the European Parliament and the Council on the implementation status of the scheme. A final implementation report will be published in the course of 2010 and will provide information on the overall implementation of the Regulation 2153/2003.

In August 2010, the final report on the implementation of the Forest Focus scheme COM(2010)430 has been adopted together with a staff working document SEC(2010) 978.

Forest soil and biodiversity monitoring in the EU.

The Biosoil project on forest biodiversity and soil monitoring, is a demonstration project co-financed under the Forest Focus Regulation No 2152/2003 on the monitoring of forests and environmental interactions.
Biosoil had two modules; one on BIODIVERSITY and one on SOIL. The Biodiversity module aimed at getting above ground data and information on forest biodiversity.
The Soil module based on a forest soil survey aimed to assess basic information on the chemical and physical soil status and to demonstrate the feasibility of systematic forest soil monitoring at European scale.
The preliminary results of this project were presented in the Biosoil conference on the 9 November 2010 and a brochure on the conference is recently available on line Biosoil brochure 2010
In the 2010 year of biodiversity and looking forward to 2011, the international year of forests, this project sets an important milestone to build our policies on reliable and comprehensive information.