Brussels Chops Through EU Forest Rules

23 September 2013

An agriculture council is to discuss today (23 September) the EU’s new forest strategy, which aims to cut through the mass of rules governing the protection of forests.
More than 40% of the European Union is made up of forest, which houses more of its biodiversity than any other ecosystem. Many communities and industries, such as paper and bioenergy, are dependent on the forests, which also play a key role in keeping global carbon emissions in check.

Protecting this “resource” is the rationale behind the EU’s new forest strategy, published on Friday, which aims to overhaul European forestry rules.

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