The mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 published by the Commission: No significant progress towards the target for forestry!
05 October 2015
The mid-term review of the EU Biodiversity Strategy published by the Commission on 2 October 2010 aims to assess whether the EU is on track to achieve the objective of halting biodiversity loss by 2020 as envisioned in the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. The results of this assessment show progress in many areas, but highlight the need for a much greater effort by Member States to deliver on commitments for its implementation and that much more needs to be done on the ground. EU nature legislation also needs to be better implemented by Member States.
The Report indicates that more than three-quarters of the important natural habitats in the EU are in an unfavorable state, and many species are threatened with extinction. European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, said: “There is no room for complacency – losing biodiversity means losing our life-support system. We can't afford that, and neither can our economy." Restoring natural habitats and building green infrastructure remains a challenge for Europe. The EU Green Infrastructure Strategy – once implemented – should deliver multiple benefits across a range of sectors including agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
The summary of the mid-term review states there has been “no significant progress towards the target” for forestry! Although EU forest area has increased, the conservation status of forest habitats and species covered by EU nature legislation shows no signs of improvement. Even though forest management plans can play an important positive role in achieving the target, the report says that their potential “remains largely unused.” According to the EEA Technical report State of nature in the EU only 15 % of forest habitats of European importance were assessed to be in favorable conservation status whereas the vast majority of assessments remain unfavorable (80 %).
The Commission calls for “much stronger efforts to meet the target” by 2020.
(For more information: European Commission - Press release and soon in the eustafor.express in the member section)
Commissioner Hogan to Present the Forest MAP to COMAGRI
02 October 2015
EU Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Mr. Phil Hogan, will present the Forest Multi-Annual Implementation Plan (Forest MAP) to the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (COMAGRI) during an extraordinary meeting on Monday, 5 October 2015, in Strasbourg.
On 20 September 2013, the Commission adopted a new EU Forest Strategy that gives a framework in response to the increasing demands put on forests and to significant societal and political changes that have affected forests over the last 15 years.
The multiannual implementation plan for the Strategy has been prepared by the European Commission services in close cooperation with the Standing Forestry Committee. The Civil Dialogue Group on Forestry & Cork (EUSTAFOR is a member) was also consulted and delivered a range of comments which were taken into account.
The Forest MAP includes a list of actions for the period 2014-2020, names the responsible actors and gives the timing of the different activities as well as the expected outcomes.
It was approved by the 138th meeting of the Standing Forestry Committee on 18 September 2015 and transmitted to the Council and European Parliament.
The presentation of Commissioner Hogan at the COMAGRI meeting in the European Parliament in Strasbourg can be watched live on Monday, 5 October 2015, at 19.00 hrs on the website of the European Parliament.
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