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    EU strategy for the protection of the global forests

    Protecting global forests is one of the biggest challenges of our time, given the growing world population and increasing resource conflicts. Forests are home to around 80 percent of the world's biodiversity and are the basis of existence of around a quarter of the world's population. In addition, their preservation is of crucial importance for achieving the climate protection goals of the Paris Agreement. The greenhouse gas emissions associated with global forest loss are one of the main causes of climate change.

    The European Commission has also recognized this challenge and resolved a comprehensive strategy for the protection of forests at the end of July. It aims to protect the health of existing forests through more sustainable consumption within the EU, targeted international cooperation, better information and a realignment of funding.

    The European Commission has identified five priorities:

    • Reducing the EU's land footprint and promoting the consumption of products from de-pollution free supply chains in the EU;
    • working in partnership with producer countries to reduce pressure on forests and to ensure EU development cooperation against deforestation;
    • Strengthening international cooperation to stop deforestation and forest degradation and promote the restoration of forests;
    • refocus funding to support more sustainable land-use practices;
    • Promoting the availability and quality of information on forests and supply chains, ensuring access to this information and supporting research and innovation.
    The main driver of global deforestation is the demand for food and feed, biofuels, wood and other commodities. Through global supply chains, Europe's resource needs share responsibility for the increasing loss of forest land worldwide. Conversely, this can only mean that sustainable, multifunctional forest management must be maintained and promoted within the EU. In view of the enormous challenges posed by climate change, this can only be achieved through greater social support for forest owners, for which the FECOF works at European level.

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