The European forestry sector must be part of the future EU COVID-19 recovery plan
The outbreak and spread of COVID-19 is having a significant impact on forests and forestry in a growing number of European regions. In the context of the ongoing discussion on the EU COVID-19 recovery plan, and on the EU Green Deal, organizations representing forest owners and managers share the concerns about the current situation and provide arguments as to why the forestry sector should be part of the EU recovery plan. The COVID-19 crisis has hit at a time when the sector in various EU countries already finds itself in a difficult situation due to the severe impacts of climate change-induced damaging agents in recent years.
By providing multiple ecosystem services as well as 500,000 jobs to the society, the EU forestry sector must be seen as a central solution in the green recovery and in achieving the EU Green Deal objectives. It is therefore of vital importance that the EU recovery plan and multiannual financial framework (MFF) adequately recognise and support the forestry sector.
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