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International Conference on Forests for Biodiversity and Climate in Brussels 4-5 February 2020

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The European Commission will organize in Brussels 4-5 February 2020 an International Conference on Forests for Biodiversity and Climate on the Charlemagne building.

 

You can find information and register yourself on the EU Commission website following this direct link: https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/international-conference-forests-biodiversity-and-climate_en

 

The presentation of this International Conference is the following one:

 

Forests cover approximately 30% of the Earth’s land area, host 80% of its biodiversity; support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world’s population. At the EU level, forests cover approximately 42% of the land area. In addition to providing economic and job opportunities to local communities, forests are an irreplaceable biodiversity reservoirs and carbon sinks; they prevent soil erosion; they provide clean water through filtration; they clean the air; they play a central role in risk reduction measures vis-à-vis natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, heatwaves, erosion or landslides;  and they support leisure and recreation, essential for human health.

The world’s forests are in serious danger from deforestation and forest degradation, with a forest area of 1.3 million square kilometres lost between 1990 and 2016. Pressures on EU forest ecosystems due to climate change and unsustainable forest management are a reason for concern and are expected to increase in the future, due to increasing demand of timber coming from the bioenergy the bioeconomy sectors, in a context where illegal logging continues to be recorded in a number of Countries. Overall, protecting forests means protecting biodiversity and working for a climate neutral and climate resilient land. 

In this context, DG Environment organises an International Conference on Forest for Biodiversity and Climate on 4-5 February 2020 in Brussels.

 

UEF will attend this event and will give you more information after the Conference.

 

The UEF Presidency

 


Related documents:
agenda_conference_forests_biodiversity_climate.pdf

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