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.