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Martikainen will look at the implementation of the EU Forest Strategy and add to its review; his report will provide the opportunity to mainstream adaptation to climate change into existing policies and financing tools and call on the Commission to offer appropriate empowerment options to regions and cities. Forests cover 40% of total EU area and consist of a key resource for improving quality of life and job creation, particularly in rural areas.
Exchange of views with the ALDE Group’s Ulrike Müller MEP , discussing Forest Strategy in the EU.
22 May Finnish media Savon Sanomat covers Martikainen’s report
18 May Finnish blog Ekofokus zooms in on Martikainen’s report.
22 January First discussion in the NAT Commission on the opinion. Martikainen focuses on the proper management of the renewable national resource that are forests and the need to talk more about the role of forests from the perspective of local levels as ownership is an important question, as the competence lies within the member states.
December Appointment of rapporteur
Did you know forests cover 43% of land area of EU Member States? Or that the forestry sector provides jobs for 3.5 million people?
“Investing in a sustainable #forest economy will benefit local authorities and citizens”
— ALDE-CoR (@ALDE_CoR) 16 May 2018