From their role in combating climate change, to the jobs they provide, forests will be in the spotlight on 25 and 26 April 2019 at the conference ‘Our Forests, Our Future’. Set in Brussels with the participation of Commissioners Phil Hogan, Miguel Arias Cañete and Neven Mimica as well as Romanian Secretary of State Daniel Constantin Coroama and Slovenian Minister Aleksandra Pivec, the conference will cover key aspects of the forest sector at the EU and global level.
Among those, the contribution of the forest sector to innovation, growth and jobs, with a specific focus on the bioeconomy, will be discussed. Furthermore, the role of forests in cutting down greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to climate change and biodiversity conservation will also be covered during the conference, including the Paris Agreement objectives. Finally, protecting forests and promoting sustainable forest management at global level will be the topic of the conference’s final session.
The conference will end with a tree planting ceremony led by Agriculture and Rural Development Commissioner Phil Hogan.
The discussions can be followed online with the hashtag #EUforest.
Forests and other wooded land cover about 40% of the EU territory, and the forest sector provides more than 3.5 million jobs in the European Union. As stated in the Cork 2.0 Declaration, forests and the forest sector can significantly contribute to delivering sustainable solutions to current and future challenges such as reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, protecting biodiversity and adapting to climate change.
Adopted in 2013, the EU Forest Strategy set a framework to coordinate and foster coherence in forest-related policy issues and ensure the contribution of EU forests and the forest sector to the EU's objectives and targets. Sustainable forest management, the multifunctional role of forests, resource efficiency and global forest responsibility are its guiding principles.
In 2018, a review of the strategy took stock of the actions implemented under the EU Forest Strategy, and the progress towards achieving its objectives for 2020.
24 April 2019