Forests

The EU’s upcoming new Forest Strategy: a great opportunity for populiculture

ProPopulus Team The first quarter of 2021 will be decisive for the future of European forests. The European Commission is expected to present the New EU Forest Strategy –a non-legislative initiative– by the end of the term. The Forest Strategy is part of the packet of actions included in the EU’s Green Deal, presented in…

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A forest bioeconomy is in the making, but more purposeful action is required

ProPopulus Moving towards a green circular bioeconomy is no longer an option but an obligation to help people and the plant tackle global challenges, stretching from climate change to pandemics. Thus, the so-called Bio Revolution is on the making and is expected to have a direct global annual impact on the economy of 3.5 billion…

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The forest bioeconomy, a missing link in Europe’s Green Deal?

ProPopulus Team On May 20th, the same day the European Commission (EC) released its new Biodiversity Strategy and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system, the European Forest Institute hosted their first Think Forest webinar. There, 88% of the 125 participants overwhelmingly agreed that the European Green Deal…

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The impact of COVID-19 on the European forest industry

ProPopulus Team The pandemic and, consequently, the lockdown in most of the European Union member countries has led to a slowdown in the forestry industry and in forest management activities across the continent. The outburst of COVID-19 poses a series of challenges for the forestry industry, and for the wood-based products industry, causing great impact…

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Planted forests are increasing worldwide

ProPopulus Team Offsetting carbon is one of the main objectives of countries that want to meet the goals set by the Paris Agreement. This is one of the reasons why plantation forests are increasing in Europe and worldwide. But as controversy around forests and ecosystem services rises in Europe, policymakers must keep their eyes set…

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Assopannelli launches a long-term project to strengthen the Italian poplar market

ProPopulus Team Assopannelli, the Italian Association of Panel and Semi-finished Wood Products Manufacturers, announced a long-term project aiming at improving defining strategies to strengthen and give new impetus to the Italian poplar and forestry market. The project was presented last November at the First Italian Wood Forum held in Riva del Garda (Italy). The project…

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Andalusia allocates 60 million euros to public tender forestry projects

ProPopulus Team The General Directorate of Natural Environment, Biodiversity and Protected Areas of the Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development Department of the Andalusian Government (Dirección General de Medio Ambiente Natural, Biodiversidad y Espacios Protegidos de la Consejería de Agricultura, Ganadería Pesca y Desarrollo Sostenible de la Junta de Andalucía), has assigned a batch of…

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Agroforestry systems, a way to boost bio-economy

ProPopulus Team In early December Madrid will be hosting the XXV Conference of the Partiesof the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. With regard to the so-called Climate Summit, one should remember that one of the main problems we face when addressing global warming and subsequent climate change is the economic system in which we…

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Brussels will host EFI’s conference on “The Future of Plantation Forests”

ProPopulus Team With the aim of providing a better science-policy understanding of the policy issues facing European planted forests, the European Forest Institute will host in Brussels “The Future of Plantation Forests in Europe” on December 17th. The event will gather representatives of different institutions including Think Forest, the Irish Ministry of State for Food,…

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Italy is using new remote sensing images from satellites to detect poplar plantations

ProPopulus Team Although poplar cultivation is a strategic sector for the forest-wood supply chain in Italy and represents the most significant internal source for primary wood transformation, it occupies a very small portion of the national area (less than 1%) compared to that of forests. As part of the support strategies for the supply of…

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