The European State Forest Association

EUSTAFOR represents state forest companies, enterprises and agencies that have sustainable forest management and sustainable wood production as major concerns.

How to deal with MegaFires in Europe

A workshop on forest fire risk management “Under a new wildland fire context: How to face megafires in Europe” was jointly organized by the European Commission, the Superior Institute of Agronomy in Lisbon and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on 15-16 February 2018 in Lisbon (Portugal). EUSTAFOR’s Executive Director was invited to present EUSTAFOR’s views on how to manage EU forests and landscapes in the long term. The Workshop was opened by Commissioner Carlos Moedas, who stated...

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Why forests should stay at the core of EU Rural Development Policy

PRESS RELEASE – 6.03.2018 In its latest position paper “Sustainable Forestry for Rural Livelihoods” EUSTAFOR shares seven policy recommendations to enhance rural development policy post-2020 in light of the EU objectives in relation to “Jobs, Growth and Investment” and “Energy Union and Climate." The EU’s Rural Development Policy is the main tool to support the implementation of sustainable forest management and, thus, enable contributions of forests to improve competitivenes...

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Value Forestry Values

An open seminar with policy makers and stakeholders entitled “Value Forestry Values” was held on 27 February 2018 , back to back with t he 12 th General Assembly of the European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR) . The aim of the seminar was to foster dialogue between policy, practice and research & innovation on the options for coherent policies and managerial opportunities, which can boost innovation and attract investments in the sector while taking full advantage of the mu...

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European Parliament adopts balanced position on forest bioenergy in EU legislation on promotion of renewable energy

PRESS RELEASE - 17.01.2018 Reacting to European Parliament’s vote on the Directive on the Promotion of the Use of Energy from Renewable Sources today, forest owners and managers welcome it as a positive step. The outcome recognises the importance of forests and their role in tackling climate change. In particular, forest owners and managers recognise the efforts made by MEPs to set up a suitable system to verify sustainable forest biomass sourcing (Art. 26). This was achieved by rejectin...

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