On the occasion of the United Nations International Day of Forests and dedicated to “Forests for Sustainable Cities”, representatives of European forest owners, managers and forest-based industries call for more awareness and support to further use the potential of European forests to contribute to a sustainable future.
The EU-funded S2BIOM project has provided key data to help policymakers, SMEs and industrial partners make sustainably sound decisions when sourcing non-food lignocellulosic biomass (dry plant matter). An easily accessible database of collated information and easy-to-use IT tools enable stakeholders to search for available types of non-food biomass across European regions.
At its meeting on Friday 9 March, the European Committee of the Regions’ Commission for Natural Resources (NAT) approved the draft opinion on the mid-term review of the EU Forest Strategy, drawn up by member of Lapinlahti municipal council Ossi Martikainen (FI/ALDE). It sets the goal of a socially and environmentally sustainable forest policy which supports economic growth and employment and safeguards the diversity of forest ecosystems.