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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.

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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.

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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)

 

Contact:  ENV-FOREST-PROTECTION@ec.europa.eu  

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Practical information

When
4 February 2020, 9.00 - 5 February 2020, 18.00 (CET)
Where
Charlemagne building, European Commission.
Brussels
Belgium

Languages
EN, FR, DE, ES, IT, PL, RO