European Forests


A common heritage but no common policy

While many European forests are slowly recovering from centuries of overexploitation, hardly any primary forest is left on the continent, and species dependent on mature forest and dead wood are often threatened or heavily depleted.

Europe’s forests offer a plethora of ecosystem services to society, e.g., timber, recreation, biodiversity and carbon storage. Forests and forest management, however, face a variety of challenges due to ecological and socio-economic developments, such as climate change and an increasing demand for wood from the bioenergy sector. Albeit these challenges affect forests all over Europe, no common forest policy exists on the EU level to date. Instead, forest and forestry issues are addressed and influenced by several EU policies in the environmental, agricultural and energy fields.

BirdLife Europe works with policies in the field of energy, agriculture and biodiversity to ensure that the pursue for other political aims like food security or renewable energy happens without further degradations of Europe’s forests and that efforts to improved forest biodiversity are increased.

Stichting BirdLife Europe gratefully acknowledges financial support from the European Commission. All content and opinions expressed on these pages are solely those of Stichting BirdLife Europe.

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