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    05May

    A Mediterranean Forest Research Agenda (MFRA) 2010-2020

    • 11:44 AM

    Since the beginning of the 1990s, forests and forestry have become key topics on the international political agenda as demonstrated by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio in 1992 and the Ministerial Conferences on the Protection of Forests in Europe (MCPFE), which started in Strasbourg in 1991. Since then, international conferences and political processes have constantly emphasised the need to preserve and conserve boreal, temperate and tropical forest ecosystems. However, it has to be recognised that apart from the FAO initiative of drawing up a Mediterranean forests action programme (approved at the March 1992 session of Silva Mediterranea in Faro, Portugal), little attention has been paid to Mediterranean forests at the international level, apart from the recurrent issue of forest fires. No comprehensive, joint international research agenda has been developed to simultaneously address the economic, ecological, and social challenges of sustainable Mediterranean forest management[Read More]

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    05May

    The EU Forest Action Plan

    • 02:24 PM

    Forests are an important part of Europe's heritage and identity. When satellites observe Europe from the skies, they see large masses of green. Forests and other wooded areas cover over 40% of the European Union of 27 Member States. But this huge area does not always receive the public attention it deserves, though forests have been essential throughout our history – for fuel, for shelter, for the air we breathe. Forests also contribute to our quality of life and the social and cultural dimensions of forests are increasingly appreciated by our society.[Read More]

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    05May

    Good practice guidance on the sustainable mobilisation of wood in Europe

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    According to the study on wood availability and demand11, developed by UNECE/FAO, the University of Hamburg and partners in 2007, the increasing demands for woody biomass will intensify competition for wood supply, in view of the growing requirements from both bioenergy and the forest products industries. The study projected, based on recent rates of increase, that for the years 2010 and 2020 more wood (respectively 185 million (M) m3 and 448 M m3) would be required to meet the estimated wood demands (Table 1). A further estimation was made for 2020, based on a lower (75%) projection, allowing for more rapid interim growth of the contribution from other biomass sources, such as agricultural crops and residues, and municipal waste.[Read More]

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    05May

    THE CATALLOGUE ON BEST PRACTICES

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    Forests are a source of renewable tangible resources and non tangible services. In Catalonia forest structure is the result of a strong anthropic influence, its abandonment and its consequent lack of management. 63% of Catalonian surface is covered by forest, from which 77% is privately owned. This means that the ultimate responsibility of forest management relies in private foresters. Nonetheless, forest management should guarantee the different environmental and social functions that forests provide. Society increasingly consumes these forest functions and simultaneously increases awareness of and demands on the wealth that forest functions generate. Specifically, the weight of non-wood forest products is very important in the Mediterranean environment. Their free harvesting is very common by a large part of society. In this context, natural resources managers may need new incentives that stimulate forest management and hence warrant mushrooms’ conservation. Economic instruments emerge as an interesting option that contributes to the diversification of the finance of such management.[Read More]

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    09Mar

    EU Forest Communication Strategy

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    At no point in the history of humankind have our forests been so necessary for our survival and yet so much in need of our attention. They support all terrestrial life, help stabilise our climate, provide us with smart natural and sustainable materials and energy. Yet they are under threat from fire, pests, flood and disease – dangers exacerbated by climate change brought about, in part, by forest loss and degradation in an ironic vicious circle. Humans pose as big a threat as long as we fail to protect our forests and continue to clear them for our own purposes regardless of the global problems we create.[Read More]

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    20Apr

    EP resolution april 2012

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    European Parliament resolution of 20 April 2012 on our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020 (2011/2307(INI))[Read More]

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    01Oct

    Feasibility Study on means of combating forest dieback in the European Union

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    More than 80% of the European Union's (EU) area has a predominantly rural character. Forests amount to 38% of the EU's land area. Support for sustainable forestry is part of the EU Forestry Strategy (1998) and the EU Forest Action Plan (2006), aimed at ensuring the protection and sustainable management and development of forests within the EU. The European Community and its Member States are committed to implement internationally agreed activities related to the maintenance and protection of forests. Most relevant instruments are the Rural Development Regulation ((EC) 1257/1999; 1698/2005), the Forest Focus Regulation ((EC) 2152/2003) and LIFE+, but also several other financial instruments such as the EU Solidarity Fund or the Civil Protection Mechanism.[Read More]

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    01Sep

    Feasibility Study on means of combating forest dieback in the European Union

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    The Feasibility study on means of combating forest dieback in the European Union was initiated in order to develop a concrete proposal for preventing and mitigating forest deterioration in the EU. To obtain relevant data on the current situation of forests, policies and instruments applied to respond or to prevent forest damage on the national level, the following questionnaire was developed[Read More]

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    19Jul

    State of the World's Forests 2016 (SOFO)

    • 03:47 PM

    Forests and trees support sustainable agriculture. They stabilize soils and climate, regulate water flows, give shade and shelter, and provide a habitat for pollinators and the natural predators of agricultural pests. They also contribute to the food security of hundreds of millions of people, for whom they are important sources of food, energy and income. Yet, agriculture remains the major driver of deforestation globally, and agricultural, forestry and land policies are often at odds.[Read More]

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