|date||February 4, 2020 09:00 - February 5, 2020 17:00|
|organisation||European Environment Agency (EEA) i|
Forests cover approximately 30% of the Earth’s land area, host 80% of its biodiversity; and support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world’s population. At the EU level, forests cover approximately 42% of the land area. In addition to providing economic and job opportunities to local communities, forests are irreplaceable biodiversity reservoirs and carbon sinks; they prevent soil erosion; provide clean water through filtration; clean the air; play a central role in risk reduction measures vis-à-vis natural disasters, such as floods, droughts, heatwaves, erosion or landslides; and they support leisure and recreation, essential for human health.
The world’s forests are in serious danger of deforestation and forest degradation, with a forest area of 1.3 million square kilometres lost between 1990 and 2016. Pressures on EU forest ecosystems due to climate change and unsustainable forest management are reasons for concern and are expected to increase in the future. Overall, protecting forests means protecting biodiversity and working for a climate neutral and climate resilient land.
The European Environment Agency (EEA) provides independent information on the environment, to feed into EU and national policymaking. With a permanent staff of around 130 and an annual budget of € 40m, we provide a wide range of information and assessments on:
-the state of the environment
-environmental trends, including assessments of economic and social factors putting pressure on the environment
-policies and their effectiveness
-possible future trends and problems