Forests cover approximately 30% of the Earth’s land area, host 80% of its biodiversity; support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world’s population. At the EU level, forests cover approximately 42% of the land area. In addition to providing economic and job opportunities to local communities, forests are an irreplaceable biodiversity reservoirs and carbon sinks; they prevent soil erosion; they provide clean water through filtration; they clean the air; they play a central role in risk reduction measures vis-à-vis natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, heatwaves, erosion or landslides; and they support leisure and recreation, essential for human health.
The world’s forests are in serious danger from deforestation and forest degradation, with a forest area of 1.3 million square kilometres lost between 1990 and 2016. Pressures on EU forest ecosystems due to climate change and unsustainable forest management are a reason for concern and are expected to increase in the future, due to increasing demand of timber coming from the bioenergy the bioeconomy sectors, in a context where illegal logging continues to be recorded in a number of Countries. Overall, protecting forests means protecting biodiversity and working for a climate neutral and climate resilient land.
In this context, DG Environment organised an International Conference on Forest for Biodiversity and Climate on 4-5 February 2020 in Brussels.
During this event, a photo exhibition entitled “European Forests, European Lives” took place. The Exhibition is curated by Fern. Information on the exhibition is attached below.
In relation to the discussion taking place in session 4 “Working in partnership with producing countries” on 5 February, the Commission kindly invited the public to participate in an on-line survey on: “Help design effective, fair and equitable Forest Partnerships”. The survey is open until 15 February 2020. Please access the survey here.
International Conference on Forests for Biodiversity and Climate - Day 1 (04.02.2020)
International Conference on Forests for Biodiversity and Climate - Day 2 (05.02.2020)