New EU Forest Strategy for 2030
On July 16, 2021, the European Commission approved a new forestry strategy, which proposes measures to protect the forests of the European Union, provides for an increase in area, biodiversity, and an improvement in the ecological situation.
Forests are critical to ecology and human health, absorbing carbon dioxide and providing oxygen, preserving streams and rivers, protecting adjacent agricultural lands from erosion and drought, and mitigating the effects of global warming.
Due to significant changes in environmental indicators that are the result of human activities, which we wrote about in the article "Climate change research 2021", the total area of European forests may decrease.
Currently forests occupy 43.5% of the territory of the European Union. The New EU Forest Strategy for 2030 was developed in order not only to maintain this indicator, but also to increase it.
Main objectives of the EU's New Forest Strategy
All measures for the preservation and protection of forests should be implemented by the members of the European Union, as well as private businesses, civilians on a voluntary basis, which will be stimulated by subsidies.
List of main tasks:
— Planting new trees, at least 3 billion pieces, in the EU until 2030.
— Protection and recovery of forest biological diversity. Recovering natural balance in forests helps preserve endangered species of animals, birds, insects and plants.
— Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% until 2030. States should prioritize emission reductions and increase the absorption of greenhouse gases by natural absorbers such as forests. Large and biodiverse forests reduce the impact of air pollution on human health.
— Rational use of forest resources. Carrying out reforestation work, control of the amount of forest cut down, which should not exceed the number of planted seedlings, comprehensive measures for the processing of raw materials.
— Development of a circular economy. Recycling, multiple reuse, and efficient use are the basic principles of a circular economy. This will help extend the life of wood products, which in turn will lead to a better climate, less use of forest resources, create new jobs and increase business profits.
— Protection of untouched forests. In the EU, there are only about 3% of untouched and ancient forest land that should be protected by states.
— Popularization of ecotourism. This is a form of tourism characterized by visits to natural areas untouched by humans. For implementation, the EU Commission will stimulate cooperation between the tourism and forestry sectors, and nature protection services.
— Financing of private managers and owners of forestry enterprises. The strategy is aimed at the economic development of private traders for the provision of services that will lead to the recovering and protection of forests.
— Research and creation of innovative technologies to protect the forestry sector. Research in this area will help to optimally and rationally use resources, combat the effects of climate change, effectively increase the diversity of forests, and improve the environment.
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