Agriculture and rural development

ARCHIVE: 1998 Forestry Strategy and 2007-2011 Forest Action Plan

ARCHIVE: 1998 Forestry Strategy and 2007-2011 Forest Action Plan

Forests
ARCHIVE: 1998 Forestry Strategy and 2007-2011 Forest Action Plan

The 1998 EU Forestry Strategy established a framework for forest-related actions in support of sustainable forest management (SFM), based on the co-ordination of the forest policies of the Member States and Community policies and initiatives relevant to forests and forestry. The Forest Action Plan, adopted in 2006, built on the report on the implementation of the Strategy and consequent conclusions by the Council.

The 1998 EU Forestry Strategy

The Council Resolution of 15 December 1998 on a Forestry Strategy for the European Union established a framework for forest-related actions in support of sustainable forest management (SFM), based on the co-ordination of the forest policies of the Member States and Community policies and initiatives relevant to forests and forestry.

It took into account the commitments made by the EU and its Member States in the relevant international processes, in particular the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 (UNCED) and its follow-up conferences, and the Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE) (Strasbourg 1990, Helsinki 1993, Lisbon 1998 and Vienna 2003).

The Strategy emphasised the importance of the multifunctional role of forests and SFM for the development of society, and identified a series of key elements, which formed the basis for its implementation.

It stated that forest policy lies in the competence of the Member States, but that the EU can contribute to the implementation of SFM through common policies, based on the principle of subsidiarity and the concept of shared responsibility.

It also emphasised the implementation of international commitments, principles and recommendations through national or sub-national forest programmes or equivalent instruments, and active participation in all forest-related international processes, and stressed the need to improve co-ordination, communication and co-operation in all policy areas of relevance to the forest sector.

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The 2007-2011 Forest Action Plan

The Communication on a EU Forest Action Plan was adopted on 15 June 2006. It built on the report on the implementation of the EU Forestry Strategy and consequent conclusions by the Council.

The Communication was accompanied by a detailed report on the context of forests and forestry and process of preparation of the EU Forest Action Plan.

The Action Plan focused on four main objectives:

  1. to improve long-term competitiveness;
  2. to improve and protect the environment;
  3. to contribute to the quality of life;
  4. to foster coordination and communication.

Eighteen key actions are proposed by the Commission to be implemented jointly with the Member States during the period of five years (2007–2011).

In May 2005, the Agriculture and Fisheries Council had adopted Conclusions on an EU Forest Action Plan which support the Commission proposals:

  • to develop an EU Forest Action Plan;
  • to review the existing Community means and practices to facilitate co-ordination.

The Council Conclusions on the EU Forest Action Plan state that the Action Plan should serve as an instrument of coordination between different Community actions, as well as between Community actions and the forest policies of the Member States. The Action Plan should be presented by mid-2006.

 

An ex-post evaluation of the EU Forest Action Plan 2007-2011 was carried out between November 2011 and March 2012 by an external evaluation team and guided by a Steering Group composed of Commission representatives..