The European Commission puts European and global forests as key for delivering climate neutrality and boosting biodiversity. However, it is concerned that while the European carbon sink expanded between 1990 to 2010, it has seen a decline over the last five years.
The European Commission is proposing Europe-wide legislation to ensure healthy, growing forests and that forest products, whether produced in Europe or imported, are sustainably sourced. The Commission wants carbon removals through
sinks to contribute to achieving the 55% reduction target.
To this end, the Commission is seeking to improve land use and harvesting practices, better enforce forest protection, reinforce sustainable forest management, enhance biodiversity and ensure sustainable re– and afforestation.
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