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Monday, 16 September 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

The situation of EU forests (debate)

  Matt Carthy (GUE/NGL). – Madam President, forestry strategy, if implemented properly, should be good for the environment, it should be good for local communities and it should be good for rural economies.

We have a situation in my own Member State of Ireland where government policy has ensured that the forestry strategy does none of those things. Now that is not the fault of the European institutions, but the commitment that I would like from you, Commissioner, and the Commission this evening is that the EU won’t fund that policy and the strategy that has seen widespread planting of non-indigenous Sitka spruce, in some cases actually on peat bogland, whereby the actual planting of forests is doing more environmental damage than if they were not planted in the first place.

Secondly, Commissioner, I want you to answer the contradiction that lies at the heart of the Commission’s position in talking about a forestry strategy while at the same time giving a blank cheque to the Brazilian authorities to burn thousands, and hundreds of thousands, of acres of the most important forestry network in the world. That is a question that needs to be answered this evening, Commissioner.

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