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      Joint statement: Draft new EU Forest Strategy: time to consider the opinion of EU forest and forest-based sector

      After the leak of the upcoming draft EU Forest Strategy post-2020, FECOF and 13 other organizations sent a joint statement to the European Commission to express their concerns.

      The organizations demand that “the new Forest Strategy must create a balance between the various functions which deliver all ecosystem services, including supporting the entire forest-based value chain to remain competitive and continue to contribute to a greener economy.”

        Focus points of the joint statement are:

          1. Data about the state of forests should be complete and properly utilised
          2. Sustainable Forest Management and multifunctionality should continue to be the main principles of the new strategy
          3. The bioeconomy should be more than long-lived wood products and should rely on an integrated value chain
          4. Support foreseen for forest owners and managers should be comprehensive
          5. A thorough assessment should be undertaken prior to developing any new forest certification scheme

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