Credit to European Commission http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20150424IPR45802/html/New-EU-forest-strategy-better-management-can-boost-rural-jobs-say-MEPs

The former EU Forestry Startegy dates from 1998 and highlights their importance for environment. 

"The new EU forest strategy is a much-needed response to growing demands on forests and significant societal and political changes that have affected them over the last 15 years. Forestry has a huge potential to create jobs and spur growth. The new strategy must therefore promote sustainable use of timber and other forest materials without adding red tape for forest owners and the sector", said rapporteur on Parliament’s reply to the new EU forest strategy Elisabeth Köstinger (EPP, AT). 

The main focus sustains competitiveness of forest-related industry and the new jobs that can boost rural productivity.

Important developments include:

  • the Europe 2020 strategy for growth and jobs,
  • the Resource Efficiency Roadmap,
  • Rural Development Policy,
  • Industrial Policy,
  • the EU Climate and Energy Package with its 2020 targets,
  • the Plant Health and Reproductive Materials Strategy and
  • the Biodiversity and Bioeconomy Strategies. 

The Strategy highlights that forests are not only important for rural development, but also for the environment - especially for biodiversity; for forest-based industriesbioenergy; and in thefight against climate change. 

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