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Thursday, 28 November 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Protection of forest and environmental defenders in the EU (debate)

  Carmen Avram (S&D), in writing. – The new UN Environment Programme report warns that unless global greenhouse gas emissions fall by 7.6% each year between 2020 and 2030, the world will miss the opportunity to get on track towards the 1.5 C temperature goal of the Paris Agreement. thus, it is high time we realise how important forests are. As 43% of EU land is covered by forests, their role go well beyond carbon neutrality. A sustainable and active forest management contributes also to climate change mitigation and adaptation, improves energy security, creates jobs and promotes economic growth. Therefore, it is essential to ensure coordination among various forest-related EU policies. The main tool to do that is the European Green New Deal, as it provides a framework for a well-coordinated action at EU level. Therefore, I hope forests will play an important role in this document, which is to be presented soon. I cannot forget what is happening with forests back in my country, Romania - almost 600 forest rangers have been killed or seriously injured combatting illegal logging, while 3 hectares of forests are illegally cut every hour. I put all my hope and I will fight to protect EU forests.

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