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Forest Protection

Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information

On 1st March 2010, the European Commission adopted a Green Paper which sets out options for a European Union approach to the protection of forests and to information about forest resources and their condition. Responses to the Green Paper from the public, Member States, EU institutions and other stakeholders will guide the Commission on whether additional action is needed at EU level.

Please find hereunder the links towards the english version of the Green Paper and its accompanying "Staff Working Document" (all translations available soon):

The consultation Process

Studies and published articles

The special issue on Science for Environment Policy on forests, that has been published in September 2010

Destructive Storms in European Forests: Past and Forthcoming Impacts

Aiming to a better understanding of the influence and impacts of destructive storm episodes, this study has compiled existing information on destructive storms affecting European forests in the last 60 years and tries to give some insight on how storms will impact our forests in the future. Damages have been analysed to have an overview of the magnitude of these abiotic disturbances and a 129 storm classification has been developed and is now available. 11 storms have been selected from this classification and have been in depth studied to provide a better understanding of these major biotic agents.

Forest Protection study

Following an open call for tender, the Commission selected the consortium of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Institute of Forest and Environmental Policy) and Ecologic Institute, Berlin to carry out the study "Implementation of the EU Forestry Strategy: How to protect EU forests against harmful impacts?". The results are presented in the following Final Report.

Forest Dieback study

At the request of the European Parliament the Commission published a study on the main causes of forest dieback damage in the European Union in 2007. The Parliament asked that the study focus specifically on fires and atmospheric pollution and at the ways of reducing their occurrence.

The study was carried out by the Federal Research Centre for Forestry and Forest Products and the European Forest Institute. The results are presented in the following documents:


Feasibility Study on means of combating forest dieback in the European Union (October 2007)

An introduction to the study can be found on the iForest website.