The European Commission has recently published a new document laying out the EU’s new forest strategy. The document calls for “sustainable forest management”, the use of forest land in a way and rate that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and potential to fulfil ecological, economic and social functions, and that does not cause damage to other ecosystems. Protecting the EU’s forest resources is the rationale behind the document, which aims to overhaul European forestry rules. It is unclear how this might interact with the UK sustainable forest management criteria in the RO or even a potential EU-wide Directive on sustainability criteria for solids and gases.
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