Forests are indispensable to life on earth. Forests cover 38% of the European Union's territory, stretching for 160 million hectares. Europe's forests are the lungs of our continent.
The European Union doesn't have a common forestry policy. Member States are in charge of managing their own forests.
Natura 2000 is a set of 26,000 protected sites in Europe. Through this network the EU obliges the Member States to protect threatened habitats, animals and plant species.