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Risks to European Forests - towards a European Forest Risk Facility

European forests have always been exposed to various disturbances, which can be of abiotic or biotic nature. 'Catastophic' events affecting whole landscapes and habitats can strongly disrupt targeted forest management goals, have severe consequences for wood production and timber markets and may jeopardize the economic base of forest owners.

Observations across Europe show that forest disturbance regimes have intensified in the last decades, as has vulnerability. This has led to the investigation of options for establishing a facilitation platform – ‘a European Forest Risk Facility’.

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