More Slovenian Forestry in EUSTAFOR

The Executive Director visited Slovenia on 24-26 October 2016 to discuss further cooperation in forestry between EUSTAFOR and its Slovenian members. The visit started with the meeting with Mr. Dejan Židan, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, who explained the recent structural reform of state forestry in Slovenia and the national forest policy priorities and challenges ahead. The newly created state-owned company, Slovenski državni gozdovi d.o.o. (SiDG), has been given an ambitious task to contribute towards building up a domestic wood value chain. At the same time the organisation will have to deal with demanding sylvicultural and forest protection challenges due to the intense expansion of  the bark beetle infestation in Slovenia’s state forests.

The Executive Director’s visit was also a very good occasion to set up cooperation with Slovenski državni gozdovi d.o.o. (SiDG), which will become the 31st member of EUSTAFOR as of 1 January 2017. Mr. Miha Marence, SiDG’s acting manager, and his team explained the legal and organizational aspects of the new company and gave field presentations on the high value of the state forestry assets they have been managing since 1 July 2016.

During the same visit, the Executive Director met Ms. Irena Šinko, General Manager of the Farmland and Forest Fund of the Republic of Slovenia, who re-confirmed the continued cooperation of her organization with EUSTAFOR. Following the establishment of SiGD, the Farmland and Forest Fund will continue to be responsible for management of all purchase and selling transactions of  state-owned forest land on behalf of the government of Slovenia.

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The role of EUSTAFOR Associate provides an excellent opportunity to gain a first-hand overview on all forest-related policies at an international and, in particular, at an EU level. An Associate will work on previously agreed and self-directed subjects, closely cooperating with EUSTAFOR’s Executive Director. This will provide the Associate an excellent opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge on various EU policy topics, gather valuable experience and knowledge about EU and international forest-related stakeholders and the collaboration which exists between them. Furthermore, the Associate will be able to enlarge his/her knowledge about the functioning of state forest management organizations and their diversity in different countries throughout Europe (associate-role-description-2016).

Dear Reader of the eustafor.express,

As you will see in this issue, we have been experiencing an exceptionally busy season in Brussels, with many concerns for forests arising from discussions around bioeconomy, bioenergy and climate change.  Debates center around the trade-offs of using more wood in order to strengthen the forestry sector within a sustainable bioeconomy with the need for sustainably managing and protecting forest ecosystems. The Executive Committee has held discussions on key EU policy developments on the sustainability of biomass in the context of a future bioenergy policy (link) and the role of the LULUCF sector in the climate change policy post-2020 (link).  EUSTAFOR’s members can expect to be consulted soon for their input and the head office continues to exchange views with other Brussels-based stakeholders in order to provide comprehensive input into the decision-making process.

EUSTAFOR has also been busy with continued participation in many other events and actions such as releasing a joint statement at the FOREST EUROPE process in Bratislava, participating in a preparatory EU Rural Development meeting in Ireland (in advance of a new Cork 2.0 Declaration) and attending a PEFC Policy Conference here in Brussels.  In addition, Executive Director visits were made to several EUSTAFOR members –Ireland, Norway and Slovenia.    

Meanwhile, our association continues to grow.  Slovenski državni gozdovi from Slovenia will become EUSTAFOR’s 31st member as of 2017. Our office staff in Brussels is pleased to welcome Salvatore Martire as its new Policy and Communications Advisor. Pentti Hyttinen, newly appointed CEO of Metsähallitus, has joined the Executive Committee, replacing Esa Härmälä for the rest of his term. The internal Working Group on Climate Change has been re-launched under the chairmanship of Alexander Horst (ÖBf) and it is expected that the joint work of this WG and EUSTAFOR members will be crucial to positively affecting the development of policy proposals.

EUSTAFOR has increased its social presence via its new LinkedIn page. We continue to gain followers on our Twitter account which, in addition to the EUSTAFOR website, is constantly being updated. Readers are invited to follow, promote and interact with our association as much as possible. Members are also invited to consult the events page of the website in order to stay up-to-date on upcoming meetings and activities.

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Piotr Borkowski
Executive Director

Piotr Borkowski

Commission likely to take a decision on the issue of the sustainability of solid biomass by 30 November 2016. EUSTAFOR argues that sustainably managed forests are a proven source of sustainable biomass for bioenergy

The management of forests has a major role to play in reaching EU objectives to ensure sustainable development, increase energy security, maintain and create jobs and boost economic growth as well as decarbonize the EU economy.

In the context of the 2030 climate and energy discussions, the Commission has announced that it will establish an EU policy on sustainable bioenergy by the end of 2016. Current work on this is being coordinated by the Secretariat General (SG) with participation of DG ENVI, CLIMA and AGRI. EUSTAFOR is closely following all developments. According to recent information the following five options (one non-regulatory and four regulatory) have been subject to analysis in the Commission’s impact assessment.

Harvesting operation in Lasy Panstwowe, Poland

NGOs strongly oppose further developing bioenergy in Europe based on biomass from forests (common NGOs position paper, FERN position paper) while the pulp and paper industry is asking to ensure a proven sustainable sourcing of biomass taking into account GHG savings and the efficient use of this resource.

The position of EUSTAFOR as regards the options currently under consideration needs to take into account a persistent push from other sectors – such as energy, environment and climate – to move from the current setup, in which there is no EU-wide sustainability scheme for solid biomass for cooling, heating and electricity, towards a system which would regulate it. On the other hand, it should be remembered that forest policy and sustainable forest management remains a competence of the Member States and the EU should avoid producing superfluous regulatory frameworks.

EUSTAFOR’s position was discussed and decided at the last ExCom in Warsaw. EUSTAFOR believes that the Commission should look at the already existing EU policies and their impact on bioenergy use, for example by looking into subsidies and energy efficiency policies, before any action on developing a new compulsory regulatory framework is taken. On this basis EUSTAFOR, together with the Confederation of Private Forest Owners (CEPF), sent a joint letter (link) to the attention of the Commission services working on the file which communicates the views of forest owners and managers.

Harvesting by Statskog in Overhalla, Norway

To facilitate deliberations of the ExCom at its meeting on 19 October 2016 in Warsaw and the subsequent development of EUSTAFOR’s position statement, a background paper was prepared (link). Furthermore, ÖBf (Austria) presented their Background Note as an additional contribution to elaborating state forests’ views (link). Both documents will be the basis on which a position paper will be developed, possibly in collaboration with other organizations that share the same concerns and views on this matter.

Package on driving Europe’s transition to a low-carbon economy published by the Commission. EUSTAFOR’s Working Group on Climate Change is up and running. The Executive Committee asks for action at national level

On 20 July 2016 the European Commission presented a package of measures to accelerate a shift towards low-carbon emissions in all sectors of the European economy.

The package is a part of the Energy Union and a forward-looking Climate Change Policy of the European Union, key priorities of Juncker’s Commission. It consists of the Proposal on how to integrate the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sector into the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework (see fact sheet) and also the newly proposed Effort Sharing proposal on national emissions targets for all other sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) (see fact sheet).

Alongside the LULUCF proposal, the Commission also presented a strategy on low-emission mobility, setting the course for the development of EU-wide measures on low and zero-emission vehicles and alternative low-emission fuels. Together with last year’s proposal for the revision of the EU ETS, the package will contribute to the achievement of the EU’s commitments under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

On this topic, EUSTAFOR joined the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) public hearing, last 26 September 2016 (more info), and the conference “European Commission’s LULUCF proposal: Consequences and ways forward” on 29 September 2016 (more info).

As explained by the Commission, the new regulatory framework is based on the key principles of fairness, solidarity, flexibility and environmental integrity.

Prior to the publication of the Commission’s package, EUSTAFOR published its Position Paper on the same issue, which states that forests, forestry and forest‑based products have a great potential to contribute to climate change mitigation. For EUSTAFOR and its member organizations, it is of utmost importance that sustainable and multifunctional forest management is recognized by EU policies as an essential part of the global solution for climate change mitigation.

The proposals presented by the Commission will be the subject of consideration by EUSTAFOR’s recently re-launched internal Working Group on Climate Change. In addition, the Executive Committee of EUSTAFOR has identified action at national levels as a promising way to influence policy making at this stage on this issue. For this reason the joint work of the EUSTAFOR Working Group and EUSTAFOR members will be crucial to positively affecting the development of the proposals.

More information is available under this link.

EUSTAFOR ExCom met in Warsaw

The most recent meeting of EUSTAFOR’s Executive Committee was hosted by Directorate General of Polish State Forests in Warsaw, Poland. In short, the ExCom:

  • Welcomed its new member Pentti Hyttinen (CEO of Metsahallitus);
  • Welcomed Salvatore Martire as new Advisor at EUSTAFOR in Brussels;
  • Decided about new membership applications from Slovenia and Ukraine;
  • Discussed the key policy developments in the EU related to sustainability of biomass in the context of a future bioenergy policy and the role of LULUCF sector in the climate policy post- 2020 as well as further actions to be taken;
  • Decided on EUSTAFOR events, including the General Assembly 2017, an ONF workshop on forest fires and the next European State Forest Conference in Romania

 

Forests and the bioeconomy: still high on European policy agenda

The role of forests and the forest-based sector in a sustainable bioeconomy continues to receive significant attention from various platforms throughout Europe.  During September and October, EUSTAFOR participated in several meetings on the topic to emphasize the role of state forests in moving towards a sustainable bioeconomy.

On 27 September 2016 EUSTAFOR joined the seminar “Forests in the bio-based economy” (link) that took place at the Finnish Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels. The seminar, chaired by Lena Bruce (and who is also the chair of EUSTAFOR’s Bioeconomy Working Group), showcased best management practices in northern Europe and demonstrated how forestry can be part of the solution towards a sustainable bioeconomy.

EUSTAFOR also took part in two seminars on bioenergy and bioenergy sustainability organized by Finland, Sweden and the Chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers on 7 October 2016 in Brussels. The seminar “The Role of Bioenergy in the Energy Union – Nordic Perspectives” (link) discussed the future role of bioenergy from the EU, Nordic and national perspectives and the seminar “EU Bioenergy Sustainability Policy” (link) gave expert views and discussed environmental, climate and resource availability aspects of bioenergy as regards the development of the EU bioenergy sustainability policy.

Most recenty, EUSTAFOR joined the Bioeconomy Conference on 17 October 2016 in Bratislava. The conference focused on the role of regions in the European bioeconomy (link to the event), and showcased innovations and best practices with a wide perspective on the bioeconomy in Europe. This event was one more contribution to the discussions on regional peculiarities in the context of bioeconomy, after the international seminar “Visions, opportunities and challenges for the Bioeconomy in Southern Europe” organized by EUSTAFOR, EFI and USSE on 28 September 2016 in the Basque Country (more information).

 

Challenges and Chances for Renewable Energy and Bioenergy

A meeting “Post COP21: Challenges and Chances for Renewable Energy and Bioenergy” was organized on 28 September 2016 in the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting was co-hosted by MEP Elisabeth Köstinger (Chair of the “Sustainable Forest Management” Working Group) and MEP Michel Dantin (Chair of the “Agriculture and Water Management” Working Group).

Andrä Rupprechter (Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment & Water Management) delivered a keynote speech. Energy transition and environmentally friendly forms of energy will play a key role on the pathway to limiting global warming in the near future. This can be realized through the increased use of energy forms from renewable energy sources together with the control of energy consumption by energy savings and enhanced energy efficiency (more info).

How to communicate innovations of the forest-based sector

Salvatore Martire, from EUSTAFOR Executive office, joined the final “What We Wood Believe” Stakeholder Workshop Innovative Communication – Communicating Innovation, which took place at the European Forestry House last 22 September. Achievements and results of the past 2 1/2 years of the of the project “What We Wood Believe – Societal Perceptions of the Forest-Based Sector” (W3B) were provided. EUSTAFOR took part in the subsequent discussion on how the project findings can strengthen forest-based sector’s communications regarding its contribution to a sustainable bioeconomy.

PEFC and the EU Policy

EUSTAFOR took part in the first PEFC Policy Conference: “Promoting sustainable forestry through EU policies – the way forward” on 21 September 2016 followed by the PEFC stakeholder dialogue on 22 September 2016 in Brussels.

The conference aimed at discussing the effect of EU policy on sustainable forest management and the consequences for the role of forest certification. The conference was opened by Ben Gunneberg, PEFC Secretary General. Jean-Eric Paquet, Deputy Secretary General of the European Commission, gave a first insight into the results of the consultation organized by the European Commission on an “EU sustainable biomass policy.” Xavier Noyon, PEFC International, then moderated a panel discussion on the topic of using wood for energy. A second session about the FLEGT Action Plan closed the conference.

The stakeholder dialogue aimed at stimulating interaction between PEFC representatives and key stakeholders in Brussels. In fact, EUSTAFOR members manage about 152 Mha of which over 50% are certified according to either PEFC or FSC schemes, or even both.

In short:

  1. PEFC aims at working with national actors and to be recognized at international level;
  2. PEFC priority areas at EU level are:
    • EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT action plans;
    • Biomass sustainability criteria;
    • Full recognition of the benefits of PEFC, Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) and Chain of Custody (CoC) certification;
    • EU Eco labeling, green public procurement, new public procurement directive;
    • SFM – EU forest strategy and FOREST EUROPE.
  3. Forest certification is growing and PEFC believes that market drivers for certification are legislation, private commitments, public procurements, private procurements, financing and consumers.
  4. Conclusions from the survey in 14 countries from around the world show that there is high consumer trust in PEFC and FSC.

SiDG, the new Slovenian state-owned company joins EUSTAFOR!

A new Slovenian state-owned company, Slovenski državni gozdovi d.o.o. (SiDG), has been established by a state forest management law approved by the government on 14 October 2015 and subsequently adopted by the Slovenian Parliament on 2 February 2016. Shortly afterwards the new company was registered (17 March) and Mr. Miha Marenče was appointed by the Slovenian government as SiDG’s acting manager (30 April).

Mr. Marenče has more than 15 years of experience, particularly in the field of forestry. Since October 2014, Mr. Marenče was State Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, where he was responsible for the forestry sector and for early adoption of the act on the management of state forests.

Mr. Miha Marenče - SiDG acting manager
Mr. Miha Marenče – SiDG acting manager

The management of Slovenia’s state forests was transferred from the Farmland and Forest Fund to SiDG as of 1 July 2016.In the context of the management of state forests, SiDG is now responsible for:

  • timber harvesting,
  • timber sales,
  • transporting wood assortments,
  • maintaining forest infrastructure (except forest roads),
  • forest protection and silvicultural work,
  • any other work which is necessary for the provision of social and ecological functions,
  • other activities that are directly or indirectly related to state forest lands.

Until 1 July 2016, the Farmland and Forest Fund of the Republic of Slovenia had managed state forests. The state of Slovenia had granted twenty-year concessions without public tender in 1996 to 14 former forest holdings, which had already been managing state forests previous to 1996.  The biggest differences in forest operations now, compared to the previous system relate to procedures for the sale of the timber (wood is now sold directly to the consumers by SiDG and not indirectly via concessionaires) and to the system of public tenders, which are the basis for the selection of contractors to perform sylvicultural operations in state forests. SiDG has applied for membership in EUSTAFOR and, subsequent to a positive decision by the Executive Committee on 19 October 2016; we are pleased to welcome Slovenski državni gozdovi d.o.o. as EUSTAFOR’s 31st member (effective from 1st of January 2017)!

Forest Europe discusses its future direction

The first meeting of the Working Group on the Future Direction of FOREST EUROPE took place on 12-13 October 2016 in Bratislava.  Participants from 21 signatory countries and the European Union as well as seven international observer organizations attended the event. The aim of the meeting was to enable brainstorming about the future political objectives and organizational modalities of the FOREST EUROPE process, which has been providing a forum for forest-related policy making in the pan-European region for over 27 years.

WG on the future directions of Foret Europe (Bratislava 2016)
1st meeting of Working Group on the future directions of Forest Europe

The mandate to establish this WG was given by the ministers responsible for forests in Europe at their 7th Ministerial Conference, held in Madrid in 2015. In follow-up, the WG was launched by adopting the Terms of Reference with a Roadmap, and two co-chair countries, France and Ukraine, were appointed by the Expert Level Meeting in May 2016. One of the main outcomes of the WG will provide a basis for elaborating a comprehensive, web-based questionnaire for seeking opinions of all signatories and observers on FOREST EUROPE’s future. The  survey will be conducted in the beginning of 2017.

European forest owners, managers and forest-based industries released a joint statement outlining key elements to be included in the review of the FOREST EUROPE process. More information can be found at the following links:

 

 

Executive Director visited Statskog in Namsos, Norway

On 3-5 October 2016 EUSTAFOR’s Executive Director was invited to visit the Norwegian State Forests, Statskog, in their headquarters in Namsos, Norway. The visit,  which aimed to exchange information and enhance cooperation between EUSTAFOR’s Norwegian member and its Executive Office in Brussels, was focused on presenting Statskog’s structures, areas of activity and current management challenges. The Executive Director presented the objectives, priorities and challenges of EUSTAFOR. The meeting was hosted by Ms. Monica Grindberg, Forestry Manager, and her team. Former CEO, Mr. Øistein Aagesen, also participated in the presentations.

Following the indoor session, a team-building field event with Statskog’s staff was organized with a practical presentation of their advanced forest management planning tool as well as peculiarities of forest management in forests of Namsos and Ovehalla, Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.

Statskog is the largest landowner in Norway. It operates in four core areas: real estate, energy, forestry and recreation. Statskog manages around 60,000 km2, i.e. 1/5 of the country’s land area.  The properties are operated, managed and developed by either by Statskog itself or in cooperation with other leasers.

80% of the land is situated at high altitude, above the tree line. Less then 10% of the managed land is productive forest. 6% of forests in Norway are managed by Statskog, which harvests around 400 thousand m3 of timber annually (5% of total logging in the country). Statskog is the largest provider of public hunting and fishing grounds on all state land and inland waters (excluding Crown lands). It has approximately 70 cabins available for short-term rentals across the country.

Statskog‘s activities also focus on increased production of renewable and CO2-neutral energy. Thus, Statskog contributes significantly to economic growth in rural areas where its properties are located.

Key elements to be included in the review of the FOREST EUROPE process to ensure Sustainable Forest Management

Press Release 

European forest owners, managers and forest-based industries highlight the key elements to be included in the review of the FOREST EUROPE process to ensure Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), at the first meeting of the working group on the future direction of the FOREST EUROPE in Bratislava.

European forest owners, managers and forest-based industries released a joint statement today outlining key elements to be included in the review of te FOREST EUROPE process to ensure Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) at the first meeting of the working group on the future direction of the FOREST EUROPE in Bratislava.

Forest Europe

The signatories of the joint statement acknowledge the importance of the FOREST EUROPE process for the development and implementation of SFM in European forests. In the 1990s, European Forest Ministers gathered to share their concerns about the health of European forests and to seek solutions to improve it. Since then, FOREST EUROPE has helped to ensure that we have well‑functioning forest monitoring systems, research programmes, gene banks and advanced forest fire prevention systems. It also contributed to the global forest agenda agreed at the UNCED Rio Summit in 1992. It enables SFM to be economically viable at the same time as protecting forest biodiversity, soils, water sources, the use of forest biomass for bioenergy and other purposes. Last but not least, it succeeded in opening a completely new chapter on discussing a legally binding framework for Europe’s forests.

However, it is important to review the FOREST EUROPE process to ensure that today’s challenges in the forest and forest-based sector, which are more complex and demanding than ever, can be met. European forest owners, managers and industries therefore welcome the set-up of the working group on the future direction of FOREST EUROPE. The signatories of the joint statement believe that FOREST EUROPE needs to be able to respond to current and emerging challenges and opportunities, such as climate change, bio- and circular economy, sustainable sourcing of bioenergy, as well as green capital and the marketing of ecosystem services. It is crucial to strengthen FOREST EUROPE now to further develop the sustainable management of European forests and their multi-purpose use for the benefit of everyone. The signatories of the joint statement call for FOREST EUROPE to demonstrate leadership in this regard.

One of the biggest merits of FOREST EUROPE, which involves 46 European governments, the European Commission as well as numerous forest sector stakeholders and other international organizations, is that it enables stakeholders to have open and constructive dialogue. European forest owners, managers and industries will play an active part in the review process and contribute to the elaboration of a report by the end of 2017 to ensure that FOREST EUROPE is stronger and more effective in the future.

The joint statement was issued by major public and private forest owners, managers, other land owners and forest-based industries, represented by the Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF), European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives (COPA and COGECA), European Landowners’ Organization (ELO), European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR), European Federation of Municipal Forest Owners (FECOF), and Union of Foresters of Southern Europe (USSE), the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) and the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois).

International Forestry Students Symposium (IFSS) visiting Austrian Federal Forests

120 forestry students from all over the world attended the International Forestry Students Symposium (IFSS), which took place in Austria this summer. Österreichische Bundesforste (ÖBf), the Austrian Federal Forests, were not only one of the main sponsors of the conference, but also organized two field trips for the students. 

The International Forestry Students Association holds a symposium each year in a different country in order to network and to exchange knowledge and ideas on forestry in different economical, ecological and cultural surroundings. This year’s symposium was hosted by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. In the course of the two-week-program the students from 50 countries, among them Canada, Australia, India, Ghana and Japan, visited different companies in forest industry, research and authorities as well as a national park.

Credits: IFSS
Credits: IFSS

Österreichische Bundesforste provided the students an inside view into the regional characteristics and challenges of forestry in an alpine country. They were hosted by CEO Rudolf Freidhager in the company headquarter and then visited the deciduous forest close to Vienna, where they learned about the biosphere park “Wienerwald” and the challenges of managing a forest close to a capital city with 2 million inhabitants.

Credits: IFSS
Credits: IFSS

 

 

A second excursion led them to the “Salzkammergut” in the center of Austria, which spans the federal states of Upper AustriaSalzburg, and Styria. In this area Österreichische Bundesforste not only manages most of the woodlands, but also some of the most beautiful lakes of the country, where they do commercial fishing. The students were very interested in this business segment as well as in the culinary aspect of the visit. In a final trip into an alpine forest they gained insight into bark beetle management and a program for the protection of capercaillie and black grouses.

 

Credits: IFSS
Credits: IFSS

 

Sustainable Forest Management can ensure both biodiversity conservation and biomass production

The Conference “Integration of Biodiversity Enhancement in Sustainable Forest Management in the Framework of the EU Forestry Strategy” took place last Thursday and Friday in Prague.

The conference was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic and the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany and was co-organized by the State Forest Enterprise of the Czech Republic “Lesy České Republiky” (member of EUSTAFOR), the European Forest Institute and the Czech Forestry Society.

On the field trip on Thursday, the integration of nature conservation and harvesting was showcased in forests managed by Lesy České Republiky (for further information please see the Integrate+ Project).

On the second day, participants listened to several interventions on the EU Forest Strategy presented by different stakeholders. Speakers included Mr. Marian Jurečka (Czech Minister of Agriculture) and Mr. Chistian Schmidt (German Minister of Food and Agriculture). State Forest Organizations’ views were represented by Mr. Ulrich Mergner (Bayerische Staatsforsten) and Mr. Václav Lidický (Lesy České Republiky).

The presence of representatives of EUSTAFOR and several of its member organizations confirms the leading role played by State Forest Organizations in advancing Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) while enhancing biodiversity conservation. SFM is practiced in European state forests, ensuring the provision of ecosystem services and biodiversity as well as the carbon sink function of forests. At the same time, the production of biomass for wood products and bioenergy contributes to climate change mitigation by substituting for non-renewable materials and fossils.

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EC LULUCF proposal: Consequences and ways forward (follow-up)

The EU has a target to reduce its GHG emissions by at least 40% by 2030. Climate Change will affect farmlands, wetlands and forests, which cover more than 90% of the EU’s land surface. In July 2016, the European Commission made a legislative proposal for a Regulation on the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry sector (LULUCF), which will now be discussed in the European Parliament.

On this topic, EUSTAFOR attended the conference “European Commission’s LULUCF proposal: Consequences and ways forward” last 29th of September. The seminar tried to answer to the following questions: “What are the consequences of the proposal? What are the best ways forward?” With valuable contributions by Commission’s experts. The event has been hosted by Mr Paul Brannen MEP, Mr Peter Liese MEP and Mr Bas Eickhout MEP.

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