The EU Commissioner would protect forests

Sinkevicius highlighted the European Commission’s long-term forest strategy for forests to be the home of sustainable biodiversity during the debate on the EU regulation on deforestation and the reduction of deforestation at the global level at the plenary session of the European Parliament. The strategy considers it important to maintain a balance between economic, social and environmental functions, he said.

“The forests of the European Union must be protected, the forest area and their quality must be increased,” he said.

The EU Commissioner also called it important to accurately record the data concerning forests in the Member States, so that the information can be shared and compared within Europe in order to protect forest areas and improve their quality. The member states must also develop appropriate plans for forest management based on targeted discussions with the European Commission – the EU Commissioner for Environmental Protection added in his speech.

In her speech during the debate, Edina Tóth, the Fidesz EP representative, stated first of all: effective forest protection on a global level is needed.

He said that the relevant proposals of the European Parliament would help ensure that products bought, used and consumed on the internal market of the Union do not contribute to global deforestation and forest destruction. The representative called it of fundamental importance that the new EU deforestation regulation should not only cover wood products, but also those goods that are produced in former forest areas that have been converted into agricultural land.

“At the same time, it is unfortunate to include those products within the scope of the proposal that would have limited benefit in curbing deforestation caused by EU consumption or would even cause us a competitive disadvantage in addition to bureaucratic burdens,” he said.

As an example to follow, the Fidesz politician mentioned that Hungarian forests are constantly growing, thanks to the sustainable practice of domestic forest management and the fact that Hungary has one of Europe’s largest afforestation and afforestation programs. In two years, the Hungarian government provided support for the planting of 44,000 hectares of new forest, he reminded

“It should be made clear to our global partners, based on the samples of the member states, that without curbing deforestation, all EU efforts to mitigate climate change are insufficient,” Edina Tóth added in her speech.

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