Europe’s private forest owners show strong presence at the World Forestry Congress 2015
Hosted by the Republic of South Africa, nearly 4000 delegates gathered for the XIV World Forestry Congress (WFC 2015) in Durban from 7-11 September 2015, providing an excellent occasion for the wide global forest community to build a new vision for the future of forests.
No tree species on IAS list of Union concern
With the Regulation on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) entering into force on 1 January 2015, a Committee of EU Member States representatives together with a scientific forum has been tasked to draw up a list of invasive alien species of Union concern. While the adoption of this lis
‘Fitness Check’ of EU nature legislation: private forest owners call for balanced approach
In a joint letter submitted to the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Karmenu Vella, CEPF, Copa-Cogeca, ELO and USSE conveyed a number of concerns relating to the ‘fitness check’ of the EU Nature legislation (Birds and Habitats Directives).
New circular economy strategy under preparation
In the beginning of the year the European Commission withdrew their 2014 proposal for a circular economy package, stating that it was to be replaced by a new, more ambitious proposal by the end of 2015 - including bioeconomy and elements addressing wood as key renewable material.