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Forest Europe

UNECE Forestry and Timber


Project Coordinator

European Forest Institute


Jul 28, 2014

The Romanian government, Greenpeace and WWF have started the nomination process for the virgin beech forests of Romania to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. The designation process and all the procedures related to it will take approximately two years.

Jul 25, 2014

The benefits of using native species in large scale rehabilitation and restoration projects are highlighted in a new publication from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


Jul 24, 2013

Promotion of advance biofuels shouldn't be accomplished by overexploting forest, the ENVI clarifies

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) approved on 11 July 2013 draft legal measures in order to limit traditional biofuels, produced from food and energy crops, and to promote advances ones, such as seaweed or certain types of waste.

The measures approved include, that biofuels produced from food and energy crops must not exceed 5.5 per cent of total energy consumption for transport purposes by 2020; and that advanced biofuels must account for ‘no less than two per cent of consumption’ by the same year.


These measures aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to changes in indirect land use, i.e. the increasing use of farmland to produce biofuel crops to the detriment of the area available for food crops (which will lead to the need to free up more land in order to grow more food)and other land uses, such as forests.  If  the fact that deforestation itself increases greenhouse gas emissions is taken into account, it is possible to understand that all this process cancels part of the beneficial effects of using traditional biofuels over traditional fossil fuels.


In this sense, the ENVI clarified that the switchover to a new generation of agri-fuels should be achieved sparing the forests, not overexploiting them.

The legislative report approved by the ENVI will be put to a plenary vote in Strasbourg in September 2013.