New European Forest Strategy bets on a sustainable forest bioeconomy
European Commission approves the New European Forest Strategy for 2030, a flagship initiative of the European Green Deal that builds on the EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. The new Strategy recognizes the central and multifunctional role of forests and the contribution of foresters and the entire forest value chain in achieving, by 2050, a sustainable and climate-neutral economy and a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of at least 55% by 2030. It also sets the policy framework to ensure that EU forests contribute significantly to our biodiversity ambition, secure livelihoods in rural areas and beyond and support a sustainable forest bioeconomy.
In this way, it promotes a sustainable forest bioeconomy for long-lived wood products, making them ideal for sustainable and climate-neutral construction, replacing more polluting materials.
Concerning bioenergy, it is based on guaranteeing the sustainable use of forest biomass (wood), reinforcing the implementation of the cascading principle as the main driver for changes in bioenergy policies, ensuring the development of innovative solutions within the framework of a sustainable circular bioeconomy.
The strategy also promotes to boost the bioeconomy in forests through highly valuable non-wood products, especially for "leisure" and "ecotourism", such as cork (80% of worldwide production), resin, tannins, fodder, medicinal and aromatic plants, fruits, berries, nuts, roots, mushrooms, seeds, honey, ornamental and wild game, which often benefit the local communities.More information on the New European Forest Strategy