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New EU Forest Strategy and Update on Forest Information and Monitoring. Michael Hamell – María Gafo DG Environment and DG Agriculture and Rural Development. Forest Directors General Meeting Dublin, 27 March 2013. Forestry Strategy and Forest Action Plan. 1998: EU Forestry Strategy

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New EU Forest Strategy and Update on Forest Information and Monitoring

Michael Hamell – María Gafo

DG Environment and DG Agriculture and Rural Development

Forest Directors General Meeting

Dublin, 27 March 2013

forestry strategy and forest action plan
Forestry Strategy and Forest Action Plan

1998: EU Forestry Strategy

2005: Implementation of the EU Forestry Strategy

2006: Forest Action Plan (2006-2011)

2011: Launch of the review of the EU Forestry Strategy

New Forest Strategy scheduled

for the Spring of 2013

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New EU Forest Strategy: inputs

Workshops with Member States and Stakeholders

Working Groups under the Standing Forestry Committee

Ex-post evaluation of the Forest Action Plan

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Towards a new EU

Forest Strategy

  • - Forest Strategy
  • - A holistic view of forests and all related policies, addressing also the value chain.
  • - Ensuring that forests play a positive socio-economic & environmental role in the EU: employment and rural development, added value products while delivering ecosystem services

(…)

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Towards a new EU

Forest Strategy

  • Address in a coherent framework policy areas that have implications for forests.
  • Integrated with key EU political strategies: contribution from the sector to Europe 2020 Strategy and other 2020 and 2050 targets.
  • Address how to influence action on forests in areas of EU competence.
  • Strengthening the International pillar
  • Suggesting guiding principles for ensuring coherence (i.e. sustainability criteria for different uses of forest biomass).
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Towards a new EU

Forest Strategy

Works ongoing

Headline target suggested by the WG

To ensure and demonstrate by 2020 that all forests in the EU are managed according to sustainable forest management principles, and thus:

- contribute to balancing the different forest functions and meeting demands, delivering vital ecosystem services;

- provide a basis for forestry and the whole forest-based value chain to be competitive and viable contributors to the green economy.

(Ad-hoc WG of the Standing Forestry Committee contributing to the development of a new EU Forest Strategy)

what priorities and objectives
WHAT: priorities and objectives

Works ongoing

  • EU commitment to SFM as defined by Forest Europe
  • Strong and coherent framework with mechanisms to improve coordination, cooperation and communication
  • Sustainable solutions to emerging challenges and to sustainably manage the multiple demands
  • Focus on the 10 interrelated priorities

(Proposal from the WG under the Standing Forestry Committee contributing to the development of a new EU Forest Strategy)

forest protection
Forest protection

Works ongoing

  • Green paper on forest protection and information in the EU : http://ec.europa.eu/environment/forests/gp.htm
  • Rural development funding
  • Regional (incl. Neighbourhood) policy funding
  • Research: Horizon 2020
  • EU Biodiversity Strategy
  • In preparation:
  • EU Strategy on climate change adaptation
  • Plant Health Regulation
  • EU Forest Strategy
forest information and monitoring 1
Forest information and monitoring (1)

Works ongoing

An example:

An increase of forest area

  • provides little information on the condition of the forests regarding forest biodiversity, forest condition, forest damage or fragmentation
  • does not necessarily lead to an improvement in the forest regarding forest connectivity and the potential increase of forest biodiversity
  • is not correlated with an increase in growing stock or biomass. Unstocked forest areas contribute also to the increase in forest area overall.
  • => we need more information to protect forests
forest information and monitoring 2
Forest information and monitoring (2)

Works ongoing

  • Preparatory Action (1 M €)
  • initial spatial assessment of forest area, forest spatial pattern and fragmentation, and forest biomass, in close collaboration with the national forest inventories.
  • The European Forest Fire Information System EFFIS is planned to be complemented with a dedicated module aiming at the assessment of forest damages overall, including biotic (pests) and abiotic (wind/snow storms) damages
  • The aim is to set up a coherent European Forest Information system
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Calendar for the new

EU Forest Strategy

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Thank you for your attention!

http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/fore/index_en.htm

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