The European Commission (EC) announced today a new forest strategy for the European Union. According to the Commission, the EU only holds 5 per cent of the world’s forests but the areas covered by forests in Europe are annually increasing by 0.4 per cent since 1990.

A key component of the new forest strategy is the promotion of the sustainable forest management (SFM). According to the Commission, this kind of management allows the use of forests and forest lands in a way, and at a rate, that ...

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