EU eyes new targets to protect forests

BRUSSELS, July 16 (Reuters) – The European Commission on Friday published an outline for proposals on how to improve the health of Europe’s forests and harness their ability to fight climate change, including through legally binding targets to restore degraded ecosystems.

This has arrived days after the Commission unveiled a sweeping package of European Union climate policies, including binding targets for countries to grow forests, peatlands and other natural “carbon sinks” that suck CO2 out of the atmosphere.

The Commission on Friday said it would propose legally binding targets to restore damaged forest eco-systems in Europe, and develop a system requiring countries to track data on the health of their forests, gathered from sources including ground-based monitoring.

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Source: Reuters

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