Europe’s remaining old growth forests are coming under growing threat from rising timber prices, illegal logging and increased fragmentation, yet there is currently no coordinated approach for preserving them.

This is the reason why, on 13 -14th of September, a European Old Growth Forest Conference was organised with a focus to develop a strategy for protecting these forests, said Vlado Vancura, Deputy Chairman of European Wilderness Society.

The European Old Growth Forest Conference was held at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels, with kind support from the European Commission and was opened by Mr. Daniel Calleja, Director General of DG Environment at the European Commission.

This event brought together participants from EU and non EU countries, representatives from the European Commission, Council of Europe, UNESCO, national and local governments together with NGOs, landowners, foresters and supporting eco-enterprise interests.

The expected outcomes are really ambitious:
1) to highlight the value of Europe’s remaining old growth forests
2) to draw attention to the growing threats facing them
3) to draft a coordinated strategy to address these effectively
4) to propose an Action Plan with prioritised objectives

Let’s see what will be outcome of this meeting in the coming days….

 

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Vlado Vancura is the Deputy Chairman and Director of wilderness of the European Wilderness Society and is based in Liptovsky Hradok, Slovakia.

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