EFI calls for forest research community’s active contribution to the debate on Forest Protection and Information in the EU

In the beginning of March, the European Commission published a Green Paper on Forest Protection and Information in the EU: Preparing forests for climate change. It sets out options for a European Union approach to the protection of forests and to information about forest resources and their condition. Competence for forest policy in the EU lies primarily with the Member States. The debate is about how climate change is modifying forest management and protection in Europe and how EU policy should evolve to enhance its contribution to Member State initiatives.

A public consultation on the Green Paper will run from March to the end of July. The responses from EU institutions, Member States, EU citizens and other interested stakeholders will guide the Commission on whether additional action is needed at EU level.

EFI calls for an active contribution from the forest research community to the debate. For this purpose EFI is drafting a response to the Green Paper, which will be circulated to all EFI Associate Members in May. If you are interested in contributing to the EFI draft response, please contact paivi.pelli(at)efi.int . 

See further information on the Green Paper at EFI's Euro-Forest Portal and European Commission Directorate General for Environment .

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