EU Plans to Plant Three Billion Trees Under Forestry StrategyBy
Bloc proposes to step up monitoring of existing woodland
Strategy has already faced pushback from the timber lobby
The European Union is fleshing out the part of its climate plan to absorb more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and promote biodiversity through the use of forests.
The bloc is proposing to use the Common Agricultural Policy to set up payment schemes for the owners of woodland, while boosting the monitoring of existing forest, which makes up around two-fifths of the continent. The European Commission, the EU’s regulator, is also planning to plant 3 billion trees in an effort to absorb more CO2 from the atmosphere.