DG Environment

LOCATION:Charlemagne building\, European Commission\; Rue de la Loi 170\; 1000 Bruxelles\; Belgien SUMMARY:International conference on “Forests for Biodiversity and Climate” DESCRIPTION: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. (URL: ) URL: CLASS:PUBLIC DTSTART:20200204T083000 DTEND:20200205T200000 DTSTAMP:20200123T025609 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR