sustainable forest management


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Learn how SFM is preserving forest biodiversity while helping Europe in its ambition towards climate neutrality




sustainable forest management

FOR #ForestBiodiversity

This campaign is powered by the forest and forest-based sectors to provide insight into the contribution of sustainable forest management (SFM) in conserving and enhancing forest biodiversity.

Forests make vital contributions to both people and the planet, bolstering livelihoods, providing multiple ecosystem services, including biodiversity and climate change mitigation.

Sustainable management maintains Europe's forests as healthy, resilient and biodiverse national resources and strengthens Europe's push towards climate neutrality.

Key Facts


million HECTARES of European forests

represent half of Natura 2000 protected areas and provide a home for biodiversity


of EU land area
(182 million hectares)

are covered by forests and other wooded land


million hectares of new forest area

established in the EU-28 from 1990 to 2015, roughly equal to the size of Greece

supported by

Cepi is the European association representing the paper industry. We offer a wide range of renewable and recyclable wood-based fibre solutions to EU citizens: from packaging to textile, hygiene and tissue products, printing and graphic papers.

Copa and Cogeca are the united voice of farmers and agri-cooperatives in the EU. Copa represents over 22 million farmers and their families whilst Cogeca represents the interests of 22,000 agricultural and forestry cooperatives.

The Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF) is the umbrella association of private forest owner organisations in Europe. At EU level, CEPF promotes the values of sustainable forest management, private property ownership and forest sector's economic viability.

CEI-Bois is the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries. It represents 21 European and National organisations from 15 countries and is the voice of the European woodworking sector: close to 180.000 companies generating an annual turnover of 144 billion euros and employing 1 million workers in Europe.

EUSTAFOR represents the voice of European state forest management organisations who have sustainable forest management and the production of wood as major concerns.

ELO - European Landowners' Organization, is the umbrella organisation for national rural organisations of businesses managing agricultural, forestry and environmental land all over Europe.


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