Towards a new EU Forest Strategy: position of the European Woodworking Industry

The European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI-Bois), CEI-Bois, published its position paper: Towards a new EU Forest Strategy

The European Confederation of the Woodworking Industries, welcomed the adoption of the Forest Strategy in 2013 and supports the preparation of a new Strategy. An updated Strategy at EU level is needed to provide a coherent framework for all the initiatives planned under the European Green Deal that bear an impact on European forests, ranging from climate and environmental policy to agricultural development and circular bioeconomy, just to name a few. The new Strategy should also continue to be a tool for stimulating EU countries to cooperate and for ensuring the timely engagement of relevant stakeholders in forest-related initiatives. 

Finally, the new Strategy should keep the holistic approach to sustainable forest management at its heart, as defined in the 1993 Helsinki resolution of FOREST EUROPE. 

the stewardship and use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfil, now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions, at local, national, and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems”.

The 2013 Strategy was built on 8 different priority areas that addressed all three pillars of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) in a balanced way, an approach that should be maintained also in the new Strategy. 

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