Forests of Hope - Europe and Central Asia

The world's natural forests hold more biodiversity than any other environment, but they are also one of the most threatened.

Although crucial for wildlife, only a few per cent of European forests are strictly protected. Many of these protected areas are located on poor soils or in remote highlands, where species diversity is the lowest.  Sustaining and restoring forests with natural features and old trees preserves the essence of Europe's natural history.  The cultural and non-timber economic value of old forests will continue to grow in a world increasingly conscious of falling environmental quality.

High Conservation Value and Natura 2000 forests

For more than 15 years BirdLife Europe has been working to translate ecological understanding into sound policy. Alongside the Important Bird Area (IBA) Programme, BirdLife Europe has promoted mapping and evaluation of Biologically Important Forests (BIF) in the major forest countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Preparing forests for climate change

BirdLife Europe has responded to the European Commission public consultation on Forest Protection and Information in the EU: Preparing forests for climate change. The Commission is collecting opinions on a series of questions relevant to its intention to develop a more coherent policy on forest protection in the EU, especially in response to the challenges of climate change.

BirdLife Europe advocates for the EU to play a bigger part in coordinating the way forests are managed, used and protected across the 27 Member States. We believe society will benefit from stronger protection of forests as their biodiversity and ecosystem services provide great value.

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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