We - the European State Forest Association - represent state-owned forest companies, enterprises and agencies which have sustainable forest management as their major concerns. Our association supports and strengthens state forest management organizations in Europe with a view to maintaining and enhancing their economic viability as well as their social and cultural benefits, and also their ecologically responsible and sustainable forest management. Our members represent one third of the EU forest area and employ approximately 100 000 people.
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Forest Policy News
Europe’s forests in the sustainability spotlight
27 November 2015
Forests play an invaluable role in tackling many of today’s challenges. This was one of the widely accepted and recognised conclusions, when Members of the European Parliament, forest owner representatives and other forest-related stakeholders exchanged their views with Phil Hogan, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, during a breakfast meeting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
On 25 November 2015, nearly 30 participants, comprising a large number of Members of European Parliament (MEP), as well as several forest owner representatives and other forest-related stakeholders, accepted an invitation by MEP Elisabeth Köstinger
, Chair of the working group on Sustainable Forest Management within the EP Intergroup on Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development, to a breakfast meeting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Welcoming the participants, Ms. Köstinger introduced the topic of the meeting, underlining the vital role of Europe’s forests, such as mitigating climate change, establishing and fostering a competitive bio-based economy, strengthening the rural sector as well as maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. Ahead of the climate change summit of the 21st UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, she underlined that forests are indispensable when it comes to reaching the climate and energy targets. Specifically, Europe’s own forest resources should be used for tackling climate change.
Addressing the audience in a keynote speech, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan, placed Europe’s forests in the spotlight for contributing to solutions for many of today’s challenges: Forestry represents a key sector in the transition towards a low-carbon and climate friendly economy, and is one of the main sectors that keep our rural areas vibrant and sustainable. During the open discussion he particularly underlined the role of forest owners and farmers in the context of environmental protection saying, if they don’t do it nobody is going to do it.
The Forest-based Sector Technology Platform Celebrated its 10th Anniversary
23 November 2015
We have built a stronger network that is acknowledged for its achievements over the past decade and is able to respond to Europe’s socioeconomic and environmental challenges with innovative solutions. That was the main conclusion of the activities that took place on 18th November in Brussels on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP).