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EU Climate Policies: friend, foe or bystander to forest restoration and carbon sinks?

EU Climate Policies: friend, foe or bystander to forest restoration and carbon sinks?

EU Climate Governance for restoring degraded forests
New Ecologic Paper: EU policies to make forests better for the climate

Next to steep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere is essential to keep average global temperature increases to 1.5°C, and well below 2°C. At this point in time, there is effectively only one realistic and sustainable way to help remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere: restoring degraded forests. A strong and reliable governance framework is a pre-condition to restore degraded forests at the necessary scale. A new Ecologic paper discusses how to design such a governance framework for the EU. The paper is available for download.


Citation

Meyer-Ohlendorf, Nils; Ana Frelih-Larsen (2017): EU climate policies: friend, foe or bystander to forest restoration and carbon sinks? EU Climate Governance for restoring degraded forests. Ecologic Institute: Berlin.

Language
English
Funding
Year
2017
Dimension
35 pp.
Project ID
2134
Table of Contents

1 Introduction
2 Commission Proposal for a Regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union
2.1 EU-wide targets for restoring degraded Forests and removing CO2 through enhancing natural sinks
2.2 National targets or Member State pledges to contribute to EU targets?
2.3 Compliance
2.4 Review and target adjustment
3 Forest restoration in existing EU land management policies – Biodiversity Policy, Forest Strategy, Rural Development Programmes, and LULUCF
3.1 Biodiversity Policy
3.2 Forest Strategy
3.3 Rural Development Programmes
3.4 Proposal for LULUCF Regulation
4 References

Keywords
EU climate policy, negative emissions, EU forestry policy, Europe