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      FECOF meets politics at the "EU-Symposium" in the German Bundestag

      The German Forestry Council organizes a symposium on EU- forestry each year in the presence of a large number of forest players from politics and society. In 2020, the event took place in the German Bundestag and the President of FECOF, Pierre Grandadam, was invited to give a keynote speech on the future of European forestry from a municipal point of view.

      He outlined the difficult situation of forest owners in the face of enormous forest damage over the past two years. With a view to the “Green Deal” of the Commission and the elaboration of a new EU Forest Strategy, the President recommended a stronger support of forest owners from politics and society. Therefore, he emphasized the need for a more holistic view on forestry at EU level in order to meet the challenges of climate change and the increasing social demands on forest all Speakers of the DFWR "EU-Symposium" (from left): Reinhart Neft (EUSTAFOR), Pierre Grandadam (FECOF), Ivo von Trotha (CEPF), Dr. Eva Ursula Müller (BMEL), Georg Schirmbeck (DFWR), Zdenko Bogovic, President of the Croatian Forest Owners Association (CUPFOA). Photo: DFWRover Europe. A strong future Forest Strategy is of vital importance to minimize conflicting goals caused by inconsistency in EU policies. The guiding principle should always be a multifunctional, sustainable forestry, since one-sided views will not do justice to the diversity and functionality of European forests. As forest owners are directly affected by political decisions in Brussels and nationally, the FECOF President demanded an active involvement of forest ownership in the development of political strategies. Finally, the EU's forest-related goals can only be achieved together with those who are responsible for the necessary implementation measures on site. The full speech by Mr. Grandadam can be found >>> here (in german).

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