The public consultation for the New EU Forest Strategy is now open and ongoing (until 19th April 2021)
The EU has committed to plant 3 billion trees by 2030.
Obviously the EU is primarily concerned with the carbon sequestration that the tress will produce.
However it has also committed itself to improving and repairing the biodiversity of the EU under the Biodiversity Strategy. It also wants to aid and support the growing numbers of jobs associated with forestry in line with a growing bio-economy and circular economy.
The public consultation gives the voters and tax payers of European Union the chance to have their say on how the new Forest Strategy should be devised.
EDIC Sligo is holding a free online webinar on the public consultation and will deal with the issues that surround this from an Irish perspective on March 11 at 1 pm.
Registration is via eventbrite: https://bit.ly/3kIclI0 and tickets are free but limited in number.
In the EU 43% lf land is in forest cover, in Ireland we have 11% forest cover and the current ambition is to increase that to 17%. The EU’s forests and other wooded land covered approximately the same proportion of land area as that are used for agriculture.
We need an EU Forestry Strategy that will work for us.