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Parliamentary question - P-000671/2023Parliamentary question

Implementing the new EU forest strategy in France

Priority question for written answer  P-000671/2023
to the Commission
Rule 138
Philippe Lamberts (Verts/ALE)

The EU forest strategy states that clear-cutting ‘should only be used in duly justified cases’ and that monocultures should be discouraged.

However, felling to ‘transform’ forests, whereby biodiverse forests are sometimes clear-cut to make way for monocultural plantations, is not regulated in France. For example, the bois du Chat (Corrèze) – a forest in a Natura 2000 area – may soon be clear-cut and replaced by a plantation. This is not an isolated case, but part of a wider trend.

More broadly, France has still not delivered on its commitment – set out in its roadmap on adapting forests to climate change – to require all French private forest management plans to include a section on biodiversity by 2021.

Given that there are no national provisions for the implementation of the broad outlines of the EU forest strategy:

Submitted: 28.2.2023

Last updated: 3 March 2023
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