EUTR implementation: more effort from Member States and private sector needed
On 18 February 2016, two years into its implementation, the European Commission released a report on the functioning and effectiveness of the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR). The findings of the Commission report indicate that national implementation remains insufficient.
Study questioning the climate benefit of Europe’s forests receives criticism
According to a study published in the journal Science, for the past 250 years Europe’s managed forests have been a net source of carbon, contributing to climate warming rather than mitigating it. The study surprised many, and has now received criticism from the research community
MEPs oppose possible revision of EU Nature legislation
Against the background of the currently ongoing fitness check of the Birds and Habitats Directives, in their resolution on the mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) speak out against a possible revision of both Directives.
European Parliament adopts resolution on the mid-term review of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy
Four month after the release of the Commission mid-term review on its EU Biodiversity Strategy, assessing whether the EU is on track for achieving the objective of halting the loss of biodiversity by 2020, the European Parliament adopted its resolution on the Commission review.
Step up measures to strengthen innovation in forestry
Even though the EU Rural Development Programme entail measures to boost innovation in forestry, there is still much to be done by public authorities to have the effects on the ground. This was one of the main findings of a workshop on interregional cooperation in forest managemen